The entire month of February we will be covering topics on networking. To some people, networking just seems like stuffy cocktail parties and useless business cards that end up in the trash, or are used as a toothpick. That’s not the case at all. Networking can become your foundation of support in your professional and personal endeavors. Networking can launch you into places you never thought possible. Networking could save you when you hit your lows. As cliche as it is, truly who you know can be just as important as what you know.
To get started, here are three things you can do right now to prepare for networking events that come your way:
- Order business cards. Vistaprint.com does small batches of great looking cards for cheap. (Pro tip: always check for a coupon code on the site or check coupon alert sites. You’re bound to find an additional 15%+ off)
- Sign up for Meetup.com. I met some of my best friends and former employers through meet-ups, and learned a TON!
- Open a networking calendar for yourself. This can be through your calendar app on your phone or perhaps a physical notebook. Being prepared for when the opportunities come up is key. This way life stays organized and you don’t miss appointments with new connections and friends that could change your life!
We are excited to explore with you and share our experiences. By the end of this month, you should feel more confident in your networking abilities, and hopefully attended some events (challenges to come that include prizes!). #BeResponsible