Networking. Right now, I’ve been talking to students, alumni and colleagues alike about how important it is to network. Many people loathe the idea of networking. They don’t know what to say, or do. You’re not alone. Everyone, at one point or another, has been intimidated by the idea of a networking event or reaching out to someone established in their field of interest, including myself.
But, I got past this fear because I wanted to succeed. I wanted to understand – what do I need to do get ahead in my field? What does an expert know that I don’t? What could I do differently? I found that everyone I reached out to was receptive and helpful. My fear was unwarranted.
So, I’d like to offer some inspiration from the mother of all networking platforms in the professional world – LinkedIn. I came across this on Twitter from my friend John Hill, LinkedIn’s Higher Education Evangelist (@linkedinjohn). “Opportunity presents itself one connection at a time!” Meaning, if you do not reach out to connect, you could miss out on incredible opportunities. I encourage you to reach out, connect and you might be surprised what comes your way.