How to network when you're a nobody
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wongAspiring dog owner
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How to network when you're a nobody

by asian

Think of your worth

Evaluate your own skills and possessions and see what you can bring to the table. For example, you might be talented at something or have connections to someone important.

Identify your interests

Who would you like to connect with? Someone who knows how to grow a business? High-level executives of big companies? Narrow down and hunt for these people or people that know them

Prepare and improve your communication skills

Leave a good impression by presenting yourself as outgoing and curious. Show that you're interesting and would like to learn more about the person you're meeting with.

Attend events that gather like-minded individuals

This could be a wine party, hackathon, school club, company outing. Anything that you can get access to and you think you can benefit from, try it out and practice your communication skills!

Reach out and introduce yourself

Make the effort to introduce yourself and tell the person where you're from. Don't be shy to tell them what you're looking for and ask them for guidance.

Begin the cycle

Chances are, the person you connected with has a bazillion other connections. Start the cycle of meeting new people through your old connections. Meet. Repeat.

Stay connected.

Connections are in essence, other human beings. Keep in contact and communicate often. They're your friends too, not just someone you go to when you need something.

Help others

If you meet someone new who needs to be connected, share your wealth of connections! All the fun is in sharing your network and creating something amazing together.

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wongBronze CommaAspiring dog owner
a year agoReply
@jennimochi I'm glad you like it!

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a year agoReply
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wongBronze CommaAspiring dog owner
a year agoReply
@yungkiara send me yoru portfolio and I'll see who i can link you with :)

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I would like to sell my art and I have no idea how to start >.< please help

wongBronze CommaAspiring dog owner
a year agoReply
@lalgsw Thanks for reading! It's definitely tough to narrow down one's interests but I think the best way to approach it is to know what your goal is what you need to have in order to accomplish the goal. For example, if my interest is to develop a mobile application for food delivery, I would need connections to someone who is familiar with app dev, marketing guru, adviser who had experience with on-demand service like Uber, and etc. Those three people would be my prime interest in this case. But yeah I definitely agree it's difficult to know exactly who you need to look for but any connection is better than no connections right? Haha!

a year agoReply
"Identify your interests" <-- easier said than done! good points

wongBronze CommaAspiring dog owner
a year agoReply
@benj Hi Ben! Glad you bought it up. I was really shy and introverted as a teenager growing up but realized that I can just spill everything and anything if I'm comfortable with something. So what I would do is read everything out loud and practice my speech (English is my third language so it helps), talk with my friends more frequently and practice greetings, and watch TV shows and observe how they interact with each other. I guess I do all those stuff because I've been told as a kid that I'm really awkward at talking and doing those exercises really helped me. Another thing about improving communication skills is being knowledgeable in what you're talking about. If you know something extensively, you'll be more comfortable explaining it to someone for hours and hours. Eventually your communication skills will be so good that you can practically BS a topic that you know very little about! Hope that helps :)

benjSilver CommaStoryteller
a year agoReply
How would you go about preparing your communication skills?