Trying to maximizing opportunities by networking? Make sure you’re not caught out by these three common mistakes.
Mistake #1: Being “too embarrassed” to ask for help.
If you need help from anyone, make sure you ask! The concept of networking relies on the exchange of favors. At some point in the future you’ll be the one in a position to help.
Mistake #2: Not keeping in touch.
Truly valuable networks are not built overnight – which means that as time passes it’s important that you take the time to ensure you maintain the relationships with your contacts. If you don’t all your initial work will have been in vain.
Mistake #3: Not thanking people.
As we mentioned in point 1, the concept of successful networking relies on asking for and returning favors. Thanking people in an appropriate way is an important part of this equation. If you’re gracious when someone helps you out, it will strengthen the link between you.
As you go about building your network, give yourself a head-start by making sure to avoid these mistakes!