To build your network as quickly as possible, you need to align your activities with the purpose you have set for your networking. If you do not do this, you will probably go to a few networking meetings, wish you were back at work rather than wasting your time, and in all likelihood, fail to turn up to 90% of those opportunities you schedule. This is like making a bad thing even worse.
Once you have got a clear notion of why you need to network, and are bought into it because of the huge benefits you can gain, you will relish going to the few events which you do line up because you know they are going to be worthwhile. You’ll probably also be far more effective and spend even less time networking than you would otherwise have done!
- Keeping your purpose firmly in mind, add people who are prominent in your network to the potential map by considering how useful they could be and also the relationship you have with them?
- Whom should you spend more time with?
- What approach can you take with them to help your purpose?
- Which ones can you spend less time with?