In this episode of the SixFigureStart Career Coaching Radio Show, I answered questions on networking. This is a special episode that covers questions from my recent advanced networking strategies workshop for Ellevate:
Do you recommend any easy icebreakers?
If someone says they could use my styling services, I usually smile and give my card and take theirs. What should I really be doing?
What is the best way to let your network know you are looking for something new without risking your current role?
In your experience, what is a great practice for reaching out and nurturing relationships when you don’t need anything in return?
What’s the biggest mistake young professionals can make with networking? How do you know when you’re ready for the ‘ask’?
If you haven’t nurtured your network very much, but you are looking for a job, how can you mobilize your network quickly? and is it ok to do this in times of urgent need?
When you’ve done so much networking in a short period of time, what is the most strategic way to follow up on each opportunity? Should you follow up to everyone you meet, even if that relationship isn’t most important in the short term?
What’s the most compelling reference you think one can receive? Do you think it’s important for people to know exactly what it is they have to offer to be effective in adding value?
I’m an independent consultant who is also interested in corporate roles if the right opportunity comes along. If I meet someone and am interested in their company but would also want to do consulting work with them, how would you suggest I present myself?