Arrowhead DECA Shares How to Network

Emily Chu │ Arrowhead DECA

How to Network

 

Networking is not just exchanging information between you and another person. It involves establishing relationships with people. These people may go on to become your friends and colleagues in the future. They will be able to give you advice and in return you will be able to give them advice. In today’s day and age it is important to have good networking skills.

Networking is easier than you think it is because you know many more people than you realize. Your friends, family, co-workers, peers, and neighbors can all be part of your network. Keep an ongoing list of names and contact information of the people in your network. In addition, never underestimate an opportunity to make a connection with another person. These opportunities can arise at any time.

Networking can seem frightening, walking into a room and introducing yourself to people you may not know too well. Here are some simple networking tips:

  1. Be yourself
  2. Be confident
  3. Treat the strangers like your friends
  4. Take notes
  5. Ask great questions
  6. Don’t be afraid to share information
  7. Be engaged

Finally, social media can be one of the easiest and fastest places to network. Using Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter to reach out and communicate with other people is simple to do. Facebook and Twitter allows you to send quick messages. Make sure to connect with leaders in your niche. However, it is important to remember to stay professional and appropriate.