Be sure to value your knowledge and experience as a professional. If you are confident in your expertise, chances are others will notice. With that in mind, also try to speak with those who are in management positions. You never know who could help you advance in your company or serve as a mentor.
Making new connections does not always mean attending professional networking events. There are other ways meet people and make acquaintances. Your participation in hobbies such as sports, music, art, or games could help you meet people who need — or know people who need — your professional expertise.
As with networking events, reach out to others with a casual, friendly, and helpful approach. You should enjoy speaking with your acquaintances and not be pressured to focus on business right away. If the subject of business comes up, that is fine, but try to develop an easygoing relationship with others first.
In professional networking, always try to keep a helpful mindset from start to finish. Listen carefully to others, you could help them as much as they could help you. By being responsive, helpful, and friendly, you can develop sound professional networking connections.
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