Follow These Steps for Successful Networking

By: Elise Ying-Hei Ho - Published: Dec 12, 2012 • References: visual.ly
Though it may seem daunting at first, these steps to successful networking can help individuals build a web of informative contacts for the future.

Networking can be intimidating for some individuals, whether it’s because they are shy or not sure what to prepare. Holidays are a great time to mingle and get to know people and while parties are a time to let loose and have some fun, it’s important to remember to still stay professional.

Most first-time minglers often fear that networking seems like they are using someone else to benefit their future when in fact, the truth might be vice versa or these people may even become close friends. There are three phases to networking success and with some practice, it cam be quite simple and enjoyable. Networking is about being prepared but also keeping an open mind. If worse comes to worst, individuals may never see these people again anyway.