One thing I plan to do a lot of at the upcoming SHRM Annual Conference is networking. Sure, I intend to network with a beignet and maybe even a Sazerac Cocktail . . but, more importantly, I’m meeting with a whole lot of really great people.
Before I share my take-away from the book, let me first explain what networking isn’t:
- It’s not handing out your business card to everyone you meet
- It’s also not giving your resume to everyone you meet
- It’s not about calling to ask for favors
- It’s not something to cross off your ‘to-do’ list (as in “I networked today.”)
Networking is about building relationships. Let me say that again. Networking is about building relationships. And, that’s what the book talks about … how to build relationships.
What have you given to your network lately?
BTW, if you happen to be going to the SHRM Annual Conference, I’m giving a presentation on strategic planning called “Fail to Plan . . Plan to Fail” on Tuesday, June 30. You can read more about it (and everything else about the event) at the SHRM Conference Blog. Hope to see you there!1