Ep 89 // Network Internally First
Networking can elicit groans and dread from even the savviest of business leaders. If you dislike networking or feel like you’re bad at it, or if you believe you don’t NEED to do it, this episode is for you. Akua starts with why networking is important and gives four important things to work on to become better at building connections in business and in life.
Learn why reframing your thinking and becoming self-aware about your beliefs around networking can help you build more authentic relationships. Plus, Akua gives some amazing resources (linked below) where you can find additional information to up your networking game.
Remember that networking is about building connections and engaging with others, and if done well, it can better your reputation, increase visibility, and create a stronger network.
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Highlights in this episode:
- Akua talks about her evolving relationship with networking and how she went from feeling uncomfortable to actually enjoying the process.
- There are three types of professional networking: operational networking, personal networking, and strategic networking.
- Learn about the four critical elements for effective networking: focusing on learning, identifying common interests, thinking broadly about what you can offer, and finding a higher purpose.
- Find out how many connections you need for peak networking - more isn’t always better!
Links Mentioned In This Episode:
- Ep 71 - Learn Akua’s 3-step framework
- Ep 63 - How to Become a Master Networker with Karen Jaw Madson
- Ep 43: #Ask Akua // For Reluctant Networkers
- Inc. Africa Article - How I Changed My Narrative on Networking
- Harvard Business Review: Learn to love networking
- LinkedIn Audio Event: Sponsorship and Networking for Career Growth