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New Year’s Networking Resolutions

By January 6, 2017 January 30th, 2019 No Comments

Did you do it again? Make a resolution or two on December 31 only to wonder why a few days later? Here’s a resolution you can keep:

Set smaller, achievable goals and network your way to achieving your big goal in 2017.

Reaching individual milestones with the help of others strengthens your connections and motivates your networked journey to success.

So what’s your goal for the New Year? (And why does it matter?)

As I share in Chapter 3 of my book, Build Your Dream Network, networking for me always starts with a goal. Let me explain by sharing an excerpt from the subchapter “The Goal Comes First”:

As I’ve said from the start, I believe there are connection-based solutions for pretty much every challenge we face in our jobs and careers, whether it is finding a job, securing a donation, or locating a source. Sorry, your problems aren’t new — someone has faced your dilemma before (or a challenge that looks an awful lot like it) or knows someone who has — and this is good news! You now have the chance to leverage their mistakes and insights to improve your own networked outcome.

Looking back at my career and goals (secure a job in New York City, transition out of law practice into legal management, find a literary agent), it’s evident that I’ve continually followed a process, taking logical steps to move from having a need or idea or desire to achieving the end result…

…it’s a process that:

  • starts with setting a goal
  • requires determining the correct connections or network to ask for help
  • and then focuses on strategy and communication tactics after you’ve figured out whom you’re seeking help from.

Make sense?

Or do you need help with goal setting (or help focusing your goal(s))? Some personal soul-searching or research may be in order. Explore what is agitating or what interests you. (Heck! That’s what I’ve done on more than a few career occasions!). Grab a blank sheet of paper and start doodling ideas. Or check out the Life Model Canvas and brainstorm your interests.

It’s a New Year! Get your ideas out there. Start acting on your ambitions by connecting with your network.

Interested in planning a #BYDN network book event with me? Fire me an email or tweet — and let’s connect to get it on the calendar.

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J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.