People have been very generous to me over the course of my career and helped me achieve my goals. So, each day I do one small thing to help someone in my network succeed as one way to pay it forward.
Here are 3 simple ways to be a networking giver, it will feel great and will come back to you in dividends (even if it’s simply that it makes you feel amazing):
#1 RESPOND TO A REQUEST FOR HELP FINDING A JOB
Depending on your role you may be inundated with these types of requests, pick one you’ve received in the past little while that you feel is genuine and respond. I guarantee, you will make someone’s day.
#2 WRITE AN UNSOLICITED RECOMMENDATION FOR A VALUED TEAM MEMBER OR FORMER COLLEAGUE
My former colleague and friend, John Borta did this for me recently and it was a wonderful gift. If you don’t have time to write a thoughtful recommendation, endorse someone in your network for a skill. Even better, endorse someone who may not have the courage to ask for a recommendation or endorsement.
#3 CONNECT MEMBERS OF YOUR NETWORK WHOM YOU THINK WOULD MUTUALLY BENEFIT FROM CONNECTING
That’s one of the purposes of a network after all, to connect with great people and to connect great people to each other.
So often we approach our network as a place where we can get something we need and advance our goals and that’s okay, we all need to leverage our network to progress our careers. When we balance fulfilling our own goals with helping others achieve theirs we will all benefit. Imagine the impact if we were all networking givers once per day!
It can take less than a minute – give it a try!!
Amy Davies is Founding Partner of the Firefly Group of Companies. She is a writer, professional speaker, insights expert and corporate trainer at Livingroom Learning. Amy lives in Toronto, Canada with her children and partner.
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