If you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel,
Change your viewpoint,
Change your viewpoint,
Professional networking is your ace up you sleeve when navigating your career.
To move past your current role, it is important to network with other professionals.
Through networking, you can:
Even just a short time away from your day to day job can build your motivation and help you think about your work in new ways.
If you already are aware of professional networking opportunities, check the calendar for the next meetings.
If you don't know of professional networking opportunities in your area, ask colleagues. You can also review the LinkedIn profiles of industry colleagues to see which groups they belong to.
(Image taken by author of the Four Columns at The Morton Arboretum)
“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
(Man’s Search for Meaning. Viktor Frankl. Beacon Press, 2006, p.66)
We are our choices.
We should seek meaning in the work you do, cultivate your strengths, develop the strengths in others, and share positive emotions.
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On of my favorite career and networking related books is "Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking" (1) by Susan Cain. As someone who has struggled with networking, Cain's stories and tips are enlightening and invigorating.
If you struggle with networking, this is the book for you.
The strategies I've incorporated into my own life and share with clients include:
* Give yourself permission to grab some quiet time before and/or after networking.
* Set small and reasonable goals for yourself. I usually set the goal of meeting at least 2 new people at a meeting or sitting with people I don't know at meals.
* Develop positive networking habits similar to positive eating and exercise habits.
* Use your own strengths to excel in networking and leadership.
Read "Quiet." Get inspired. Make networking your own.
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(1) Cain, Susan. (2012). Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking.
Julie L. Bartimus,