Jan 2, 2007

six tips for networking in 2007

For people whose job depends on networking (and whose doesn't?) here are a few tips:

  1. Get the internet covered. Go ahead, make a profile on linkedin, jobster, start your own blog, or join a group blog. Sites like Linkedin and Jobster have high PageRanks, and people searching for topics related to your expertise area are more prone to finding you on web searches. Joining a group blog would be a faster way to get technorati authority. (Updated :read more on how to leverage your linkedin and jobster profiles, and also how to use Linkedin answers to showcase your expertise)
  2. Let yourself be found. You took care of finding yourself by point no. 1. But to help people make the next step make your phone number and email address be visible. Be sure not to link the mail id to guard against spam. And the phone number? Well, you have to realise that mailing is a lot more effort for people than dialling a phone or texting a message. Phone spam is not that rampant. My phone has been listed on the sidebar for quite some time, and hardly any spam has been generated because of that.
  3. Find a community to be passionate about. This holds true for both offline as well as online lives. Being passionate helps you to take more initiative and do more without expecting too much back. Building the community makes others realise your passions. Focus on what interests you, not what you desire.
  4. Get back to people. People will barge in to your time. Get ready mentally for it. Be polite. Ask them for what they need and get back. If you can't help them, the next best thing is to tell them who can, or where they can get to know it. Being a networker is much more being a connector than a maven. Though, being a maven helps !
  5. Ask for favors, too. When you need help (with business or personal life) your network will not automatically sense it and come rushing for your aid. You need to ask for help, and for me is very different than 'cold-calling'. You have helped people out, and can legitimately as them to return the favor.
  6. Don't judge people. In the world you might share some interests with people and disagree on other views. Let go of the temptation to convert them to your point of view, be aware of the logic bubble. Having a healthy disagreement is good to stretch your world view, and to get closer to the small world.

What are the networking tips that have worked for you?


  1. Great tips, GG. As an active networker and connector, I endorse your list.
    I have already shared it with others in my network here in NJ.
    Thanks ;-)
    Happy New Year!

  2. This one's straight out of the "The Tipping Point"...one of my fav!

    Sameer Panchangam
    +91 98853 12104 [Mob]

  3. Extremely timely post, Gautam... and never more relevant in the "connected" world we live in now..

  4. How about:

    1. Proactively seek opportunity to give, and do this thoughtfully so that what you give is valued by the recipient,


    2. regularly follow-up or stay in touch - don't let your network relationships dry up because you never get back with them, or only get with them when you need a favor.

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  6. Thanks for sharing these useful tips! Keep it up

  7. Hi Gautam, your six tips for networking is really awesome and will help the newcomers to this world. What you wrote is the basic and worth to be followed.

  8. hi ,

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  10. I would add: As you listen to someone talk keep asking yourself who would benefit from knowing this person and who might this person like to know. The best networkers see the most opportunities in other people.

  11. It may be a bit awkward given the initial post in 2007 and I being in the IT field for over 15 years and not engaged in such useful tools.
    Thanks for these tips, have taken the first step already and look forward to benefit from other steps and other's comments as well.

    Best regards,
    Rajesh Pandita

  12. its so useful tips,i found it so educational& helpful.