Professional networking is the act of speaking to other people with the aim of getting to know them and getting benefits for both of you. It can take a lot of work – attending events, making phone calls, emailing people. Sometimes, you can’t really be bothered doing that! It happens to me too. Let’s have a look at a few ways we can network when we don’t have the motivation to do so.
Work Out Why You Can’t Be Bothered Networking
The first place to start is to try to work out why you can’t be bothered networking. Have you had a long day at work and don’t want to go to the event on that night? Do you not enjoy speaking to new people and don’t find it interesting? Do you have too much other work to do to be able to go out and meet people?
Try to think about why you don’t feel motivated or feel the need to go out and network.
Start With Small Efforts
Most often, the best way to start something new in your life is to start small. You don’t need to start your networking adventures by signing up to and attending networking events or events in your industry. That seems like a big step.
You could just ask someone for coffee that you know. This is a smaller event, a one-on-one catch-up where you get to know someone or see what they’ve been up to.
It still counts as networking, its quicker, and probably less mentally involved than a big event. Starting with small events like these is helpful if you don’t have the motivation and can lead on to bigger things.
Remember The Long Term Benefits
Networking is all about creating benefits and opportunities for all involved. If you’re lacking in motivation on a particular day, have a think about the benefits of networking.
- It can help you get a job or promotion in the future
- It can help you find out information about other people or companies that you wouldn’t have otherwise known
- You get to meet and speak to all kinds of people
- You can practice your communication skills, which are useful for all kinds of professionals
Sometimes when I can’t be bothered going out to an event, I stop and have a think of these benefits. I remember that it will help me in the future if I go to these events, and it’s a good way of meeting people. Remembering these points will usually convince me to put in the effort and attend.
What tips could you offer for IT professionals looking to network?