Everyone talks about networking. But who is doing it right? Is there a right way to network? Ultimately networking is a way for you to give back and also get a little something in return
Networking also is vital to help employees become their best selves and perform their best work. According to recent studies by the likes of Microsoft, social networking even can even help boost productivity. However, not all employee demographics believe they have the opportunity to network as much as others within their company.
Networking often is perceived differently between men and women. For many female professionals, maintaining work-life balance is a top priority and a real necessity. They are busy in their jobs and need to go home to their families once the work day is over. As a result, happy hours, company dinners and other “traditional” forms of networking may not work for their lifestyle or be something they can commit to.
Companies shouldn’t deem social-media use as a form of distraction and ban it from the office. Rather, businesses can realize the medium is a powerful means by which employees learn about and communicate with one another.
In order to drive more exposure for your personal brand it’s important to be actively communicating with your connections in order to build a stronger network. With the right strategies in place, your business can attract influencers and potential customers with groups.
LinkedIn is a still a top networking resource for business, and just experienced a major overall of its platform. People in your niche are turning to this social network for information and research. There are several things your brand can start today in order to attract the right connections.
· Get prepared. Be very specific on which groups to join according to your target market. Find out who is influential in each one and the activity level. When creating your own think about the factors that would entice people to join and how your brand can stand out from the rest.
· Choose a logo. One of the many good aspects of LinkedIn groups is the unique branding for each. Choose a logo that is consistent with your website and social accounts that your audience will recognize. Keep your bio and message clear and to the point — you want to make sure that your followers know exactly what type of group they are joining.
· Help your group move to the top. With over 1.5 billion groups on LinkedIn it may seem impossible to stand out from the rest. But with regular engagement, fresh insights, shares to other social media networks and transparency your brand can build a strong following.
·Don’t go it alone. Once you have gained some traction invite a trusted team or group member to help administrate and share your LinkedIn group. Not only can they assist you in weeding out spam, but tapping into their network will help you build even faster.
LinkedIn is a great place for your personal brand to connect with professionals in your industry as well as attract new leads who show an interest in your knowledge and expertise. With a helpful, and friendly approach and regular publishing of your content your network will attract a loyal following for your brand.
I’m sharing things I rarely talk about — how I maintain hundreds of quality relationships with people who are incredible influencers.
The good news is, anyone is capable of doing this if they just practice the right habits and come at it with the right intention.