How long until you see results of networking at the same organization? When do you say (a) more effort or (b) stop?
Great question(s). We’d all like to have instant, fabulous results from our first (or second) networking interaction but these things take time so acknowledge that. On the flip side, often we spend too much time with a group out of habit or routine without questioning our continued involvement. A change in the composition of a network or personal networking goals may be an indication it is time to reconsider. And maybe, just maybe it is not the network but how you’re engaging with it that needs to change. The results I achieved from my membership in 85 Broads was very different that those of other members as I not only attended events (sitting with new people or seeking out new introductions each time), I also volunteered in the New York Chapter and discovered ways to be helpful to the global organization. I maximized every tool available to members on the 85 Broads’ website. When friends saw my networking outcomes from 85 Broads I warned them not to expect the same outcome (as I knew that being passive networkers they would produce equal networking outcomes). Assess your own motivations and actions before ditching a networking opportunity you’ve invested time in.
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