I’m not a big fan of absolutes – as in “the only way” to do something. So when I read a Business Insider article titled You Only Need To Know Two Rules For Networking, a red flag went up immediately for me.
But as I read the article, the two points stressed by the writer – Sallie Krawcheck, former head of Merrill Lyncy & Smith Barney – feel more like tips on how to break the monotony of your current networking routine. She suggests:
- Get to know at least one new person from your area of interest every month.
- Do something nice for someone in your network ever month.
I really like these ways to upgrade your approach. They are both very simple steps that can indeed refresh the way you network, not to mention boost your energy around the idea of networking in the first place.
I recommend writing down a name for both #1 and #2 on the first day of the month. Set up a reoccurring calendar alert so you don’t forget, then simply scroll through your LinkedIn contact list and find two people.
For #1, we all have contacts we don’t really know that well. Reach out and see when they can do coffee or lunch. That one simple step in getting to know each other better may come back to help you anywhere from a week later to a few years down the line.
In regards to #2, as Krawcheck says, this doesn’t mean you have to find someone a job. Simply making an e-introduction between them and someone else you think they might want to meet could be the answer. Or it could even mean sending an old coworker a note that outlines why you loved working with them. It’s the little things that will make people remember you in the long term.
How about you? Any examples on how to bring these two tips to life?