You’re young, skilled and hungry for professional growth. How do you fast-track your progress?
In this post, we share simple but effective ways to build fruitful connections and a reputation as someone who’s worthy of trust and opportunities.
Build your network before you need it.
Yes, networking. While the concept of networking strikes fear in many of us (particularly introverts) — it’s really a low-pressure, high-return effort when done correctly.
Put simply, fruitful networking isn’t about asking for things, necessarily. Most of the time, it’s about giving: being generous with your time, expertise and contacts, much like you’d treat guests in your home.
Earlier this year, we wrote about three ways to increase your networking ROI. Give that a read and enjoy the open doors that follow.
Master first impressions.
Entire books have been written about acing first impressions, from mastering body language to asking the right questions. But they all boil down to showing genuine interest in others, and wanting the best for them.
Ask questions, listen more than you talk, and look for ways to add value, even if it’s a simple introduction or a tip-off to an opportunity you’ve heard that aligns with their interests.
As it happens, people who are considered great conversationalists are actually great listeners.
Connect with other young pros
We know building and cultivating your professional network is an essential business tool. So is connecting with fellow young professionals.
OneZone Young Professionals is designed to help young pros under 40 to connect and collaborate. The program features informal, pop-up gatherings at local spots to events where you get to hear from local entrepreneurs and community leaders.
Come see what’s next, register for an upcoming event, and follow the group on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Truly, there’s no easier way to expand your professional contacts and exchange ideas with peers who share many of the same challenges and aspirations.
Like planting a garden, relationships produce what you sow into them. Plant good seeds today.
>> Special thanks to Centier Bank for its generous support of OneZone Young Professionals.
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