By Jeff Beals
The American philosopher Henry David Thoreau once said, “I went to the woods, because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to love deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”
As professionals we need “to suck out the marrow” of our business lives. We must lead active, deliberate careers that are externally focused. That means you turn off the laptop, step out of your cubical and get involved outside the office.
As long as you don’t over-commit yourself – burning the candle at both ends, so to speak – being involved actually makes you better at your core work.
People who join professional associations, who get involved in their place of worship, or who engage in community service learn more and meet more prospective clients.
In any given office, there is at least one person who is active in the community or profession and seemingly knows everyone. It is no coincidence that such a person brings in a lot of business, finds great publicity opportunities for the organization and, in turn, earns job promotions.
Simply put, involvement leads to success. You must be out there seeing and being seen. You have to do it perpetually, so that your personal target audience knows about you and remembers you.
Use your time wisely. If you have family or other commitments in the evening, use your lunch hour for networking and personal branding activities. Ambitious professionals should not eat lunch by themselves more than once or twice a week; it’s simply too important of a networking opportunity to waste.
The fact is, in order to stand out, you need to be seemingly “everywhere.” As much as you may desire to go home and watch television after work, you need to spend a little more time working, showing up at events. While you don’t have to drink until your liver gives out, you do need to be a man or woman about town. Sometimes you have to stay out late at a cocktail party where important prospects have gathered. Sometimes you need to get up early and meet a member of your personal target audience for coffee before you both start work.
It’s not easy, and it comes with a price, but successful professionals are seemingly everywhere.
But being everywhere does not just mean showing up and socializing with people you already know. There’s a difference between socializing and networking, and this ebook is designed to explain that and show you how to turn your socializing into networking, which is far more valuable.
Just like anything else in life, you need to network deliberately with discipline and a defined purpose. If you do that, you will be much more effective.
Remember, if your commitment to networking is half-hearted, your results will be only half-baked!
NOTE: This article is actually the first chapter of my brand-new ebook, “Goal-Based Networking: Turning Your Socializing into Profitable Relationships.” It’s free, so download your copy now by clicking here: https://jeffbeals.com/free-ebook2.php
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