Believe it or not, over 2,400 people enter the exact phrase, “What is networking?” into Google each and every month.
I don’t talk about it often, but in addition to being a terrible basketball player I’m also a Certified Professional Coach. I graduated from the Institute for Professional Coaching (iPEC) in 2010.
Perhaps the most valuable lesson I learned from all of the hours in class and on the numerous coaching calls required to graduate was this:
Without the right question, you will never find the right answer. – @JamesHahnII (tweet this)
When I look at a number as high as 2,400 asking “What is networking?” I assume these are very well intentioned people. But they are asking the wrong question.
Anyone who is motivated enough to search Google for networking advice is motivated enough to become the best networker their niche has ever seen. Unfortunately, they’re not going to find the answer they’re really after without getting specific.
Therefore, we asked hundreds of people across multiple Facebook pages and LinkedIn groups, along with OilPro members, “If someone asked for your best networking tip, what would you tell them?”
It was hard to narrow them down, but here are 23 of the best networking tips we received from oil bidness and social pros across social web.
Don’t ask, “What is networking?” Ask, “How do I become the best networker?”
We edited several of the responses for readability and picked out the best lines from full responses in many cases.
We also included links to everyone’s LinkedIn and Twitter profiles. If you like what they have to say, let ’em know!
Lastly, we might have (definitely did) use a bit (or a lot) of creative license to get tweetables for each tip. But we are confident each tweet is an accurate reflection of the author’s tip.
In related news, I am happy to report we didn’t have to touch Mr. Moneypenny’s pearly white response, which bares a striking resemblance to his profile picture 😉
I sense a common thread throughout all of these tips. In short, networking is about building relationships, putting other people first, and not acting like the type of person whose parents were never married. (Thank you, Bill Cosby)
Did we leave anything out? Do you have a crazy American Gladiators level tactic we didn’t cover? Leave your Turbo punch move in the comments below!
(Just don’t punch anyone in the face. Usually a bad networking move.)