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How to Network Outside Your Company

As Rakia Reynolds wisely says in an article for Forbes, “Your network is your net worth.” It is the sum of your knowledge and capabilities, so you should treat it with appropriate seriousness. For instance, one successful business leader makes a point of either meeting at least one new person or strengthening an existing relationship per month, and she also does one good thing for someone in her network weekly. Any tactics applied systematically like this should yield results over time.

Another strategy is to get really daring and start contacting whoever excites you. For example, if you read about someone who is doing really fascinating work in an article—find that person’s contact information and drop him or her a line. Write just a quick paragraph or two asking if there is a time for a 15-minute phone call. There is zero harm in it, and you could stand to gain a lot.

Whatever you do, remember that it is better to give than to receive; never let your networking become lopsided in favor of only taking from your connections. You can view the original article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/yec/2014/03/27/how-to-network-outside-your-company/

About John Friscia

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John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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