How to embrace change

…Or how to be your own change manager.

Change has become the new constant. This is what we hear EVERYWHERE. It is in the way we build relationships and the way we work, spend our time or shop. It is the thing in life you may be certain of will come.

The environment of constant change should make us used to it. We should easily accept it feeling the usual comfort of daily life. Yet that is not the case for many. Not the reality for sure, if it hits you unexpectedly, forcing in the direction you would not self-pick for the future.

Yet, you need to go on.

So how to make it a digestible turned into nice experience?

As I have recently gone through a big change (yes unexpected (kind of) and yes, the one I would not be able to imagine for myself before), I am here to share my path that has  led me to a state of embracing it, the state of releasing the past and the state of getting to appreciate it.

My former trainings, studying and executing of change have been a solid grounding for the process. Albeit, there have been many soft, unconventional inner factors and practices that have had same importance.

Fact. It is very different making the change happen and being the object of change. Still, knowing the theory behind supports the process in both cases.

Theory behind the process of change

There are hundreds of studies covering life cycle of change. Common denominators relate to a tough beginning and elevated end of it.  Knowing that concept brings comfort from the beginning. You get to learn that although it does not feel good when it starts, one day it will. Psychologically proven.

So why it does not feel good right from the beginning? That is actually the case even for the change that is received as positive and as anticipated.

It is because of fear. The fear of unknown and the fear of the process of transformation itself.

As for the unknown, we all tend to prefer the situation when we know the outcome. I am sure you said it at least once in your life: “it’s better to know than not to know”. The reference here is not made to a specific academic knowledge of course but simply to our human existence and life in general.

Speaking about the transformation, we fear it because it is a period of intensified effort, learning new things and changing patterns. It is stressful and it is uncomfortable. But. Being a period, this “state” is temporary. A HA !

Here is how the change cycle looks like

Shock – first step when you hear “the news”, feels very uncomfortable or at least uncertain about the future. Does is sound familiar? Yes, it is fear that starts to kick in;

Rejection – state of total nonacceptance of the situation; you can have thoughts like: “This can not be true”, “Why that happens to me”, “There must be a way out”, “This is stupid, makes no sense” and so on;

Depression – state of awareness that what has happened is a fact, state of sadness and nostalgia about the past. It is also continuing uncertainty about the future;

Acceptance – breakthrough number one.

Creation and building the new in new environment. This is a breakthrough moment in motion. Now you switch from an object of the change into making the change happen. That gives relief. In that phase, one should see the purpose of the new and gain fulfillment from it.

Comfortable state, status quo of day-to-day or so-called business as usual – phase of unpredictable length before entering next change. Because, yes, next change is to come sooner or later.

The practical side

As every theory, this one is also a base. Important but again just a theory. Life proves that practice tends to be more complicated. We need more tools. We need more support to make it work.

What else can we do (in this case what did I do) to feel better and turn the new life circumstances into success the and most importantly the way to grow.

Acknowledge that, as the change was something you would not choose yourself, it has actually happened FOR YOU, not TO YOU.

You would not otherwise take the steps that are essential for your future self

Say it out loud. This change is here FOR ME. Thank you!

This may be extremely tough in the beginning. Still this shift in perspective has enormous power. I encourage you to at least try it for few minutes a day and you will FEEL the difference. Think following. It happened for me. It is for my good.

The good may have a form of development, getting to know new people (for future purpose), getting to see new places, getting to know the real you and your capabilities, maybe realizing it is time to make shift in life and finally focus on a different thing. Certainly, it is getting to grow. Pick what best speaks to you.

Change is about accepting that whatever happens is for your highest good.

Believe that everything happens in the right moment. The life is unfolding, as it should. If you have some desire for your future reality that is distant, perhaps that needs many correcting factors on the way there. Remember, obstacle is just detour in the right direction. You will only connect the dots by looking backwards as Steve Jobs once said.

Your beliefs are the only thing that will get you through the change. If you believe, that whatever the change is, you can handle it, you will. As a result the experience will expand you.

Stop resisting the change because the change is typically an upgrade.

Put your ego aside. This is a tough one. I see many of you nodding -yeah right. We are raised in a peer-to-peer, judgmental and consumption driven environment. The things we have reflect our status. If they are taken away, we feel lost, vulnerable or unworthy.

Still, ego, is the worst advisor of all and the cause of unnecessary conflicts we have with others and within ourselves.

Last but not least, Meditate

Finding the time to sit in silence, breath and perhaps get to know some meditation practices will stimulate your brain to see a bigger picture and focus on the expected and desired future.

Meditation gains regularly more followers as it boosts our creativity and lowers stress level. Perhaps for that reason it is broadly spoken of and used by many successful executives.

Last but not least, change tends to be painful. Still the pain means that we are outgrowing ourselves to get on the new level of excellence. Where we need to be.

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Things you should know about leadership

Leadership is not simply about having the power to take the decision. It is about having the power to make the decision happen. To influence the decision on one side. On the other side to support people, it would not have been possible without. The followers.

To put it differently, leadership may be associated with management and it is good when a manager is a leader. However, good developing organizations foster leadership behavior on lower employee level as well.

The more people feel empowered to raise their ideas, the more agile and change adaptable a company is.

No matter which level, the top or the middle, being a leader is a skill you may develop.

If you have ever wondered whether you have leadership ability or if you want to check what is essential to get it, here are the key characteristics a leader must have?

 

Authenticity

Along your career or life, it may be complicated to get that comfort within yourself to get to understand and accept who you really are.

Then on top goes the ability and comfort to show that “real you” to people around you. Even more to people in your working environment.

We are surrounded by too many believes and perspectives of how a leader should look like and behave. That affects our own imagination and action. Judgment simply blocks us.

Being real is however, what attracts people. Some will not like what they see. Still that is not that important. Leader is not to be likeable but needs to be trust worthy.

 

Empathy

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

This quote by Theodore Roosevelt is the essence of empathy. This is actually a critical skill for a leader.

Why is that? Without empathy, there is no trust. Without trust, there is no real unity and no aiming at one goal.

Empathy has very much to do with listening and pursuing the context. A leader has to understand his or her coworkers’ perception and respect them. People around are the most valuable asset.

I recommend to read this article which describes empathy in a very clear way.

 

Passion

To me passion goes hand in hand with authenticity. When we are passionate about something, our ability to get attention, get heard and finally get followed goes up. Passion boosts communication of vision. You can tell the difference when a leader says “I want you to believe in that” vs “I believe in that”.

Let us not mix passion with an attitude of an ever-over active person jumping on every topic. Some of the best leaders are calm with even sometimes slightly withdrawn attitude.

To me for example, passion is the desire to serve others and to do the best work one can do. An expression I once read and that mostly corresponds to my leadership style.

 

A leader should represent so many other traits, like good communication skills, creativity, courage, decisiveness and open mind or transparency.

However, when you start to evaluate those it all goes down to these three mentioned.

 

 

 

 

 

Business Travel Packing

My over 10 year experience in an international company has taught me, among other things, a lot about packing when traveling on business.

The experience of spending a night at the Munich airport in a middle of snowstorm or the occasionally cancelled connecting flights added a new perspective on what can actually be useful on top of the things you plan to have with you at the destination.

I therefore divide my packing list into two separate spheres.

The main luggage destination items and the travel handbag ones.

The registered luggage.

 

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Whether you register your suitcase or not is actually up to you, the length of stay and the comfort you like to have. Nowadays we hear a lot about light packing. It is even in fashion to go light. This is very pragmatic, especially if your stay is up to two nights long, you do not need official outfits and you do not want to waste time waiting at the belt.

For longer stays or the flights with layovers at the airports, I tend to choose the registered option. I do not have to carry the suitcase around during the travel. That gives me comfort to take the things I need without limited quantity and I am prepared to face the fact I am not following the light packing trend.

Whatever the way is, here are the things that I recommend to consider useful.

Think of your schedule.

Plan your outfits for the days. Adjust the style to the dress code for the meetings. For business trips, the style ranges between business, business casual and smart casual. If you need any hint of what that means, go here. Still consider what the common style in your company is or in the company, you go to visit.

It may be that despite the instruction on the agenda for a casual attire, all the attendees will show up wearing business casual.

If the style is not defined and you are not sure it is always better to come slightly overdressed then under. I would target business casual.

Take the “just in case” items.

  • On my list is always a warm cardigan and I am always thankful I took it, be it outdoors or in a cold hotel room in the evening. The air conditioning is sometimes a bit too much 🙂
  • Other extra things are additional blouse and a pair of heels or at least some flats.
  • Do not forget about the hair. Most hotel rooms provide a hairdryer so it is unnecessary to take one with you. What I recommend instead is a styling brush. As they say, you may wear anything unless your hair and shoes are polished. And, in case, a dryer happens not to work, you may use the brush.
  • Sportswear, in case there is a nice gym in your hotel and you are in the mood

 

When on the way…The hand luggage.

 

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As much as it is important to pack for your stay, it is also important to think what you may need getting there.

The things to consider having in your handbag

  • Big shawl – it tends to get cold on board of the plane. It is always nice to have something warm to wrap into. You can ask on board for a blanket. Still I think it is nicer to have something that is yours and in addition may serve you well outside the plane. Imagine a colder wind outside or worse – a sleepover at the airport.
  • Flights and hotel booking confirmations – Do not take your smartphone for granted. Hard copies may sometimes be of need.
  • Spare set of basic essentials – toothbrush and paste, basic make up accessories, underwear, wet and soft tissues, basic medicine. That is actually something you may not make use of every time however when the time comes you will be thankful you used this advice.
  • All the tech essentials – especially the phone charger and headphones if you like to listen to podcast or music.
  • A notebook and things to read in your spare time.

Last but not least. Create one perfect list for your business trips and then reach out to it every time you need it. It will save some time and stress for the future.

 

 

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The Art of Giving Feedback

Giving feedback is an inevitable form of communication. Right? That’s actually a question whether or not and when to use it.

Some cultures are more feedback driven than others. Taken the western style it’s expected that superior provides feedback on often basis especially on the performance shortcomings.

In eastern cultures people tend to avoid it seeing as totally uncomfortable and unnecessary way of communication and focusing on giving instructions instead.

As much as it raises contradicting emotions it is important tool for managers to assure company’s strategies and culture are followed.

Yet one should be cautious since only effective feedback done with the proper intentions can lead to expected improvement. The feedback conducted in the wrong way can either cause downfall in productivity or be simply ineffective in the best case.

There is many good guidance for giving feedback. Still the most important output of reading it all is  focusing on the goal we want to achieve thanks to it.

Starting the conversation with simple let me give you some feedback may set the tone for the discussion going forward. I think though every approach needs to be adjusted to the situation, its impact on the company and the aim we want to reach.

Therefore instead of following a pattern simply consider following.

The relevance – and if it makes sense to give feedback at all. According to HBR if given behavior or an error has overall a minor effect on the work environment, company’s profit or any other valid work frame you might think of then it’s sometimes better to let it go rather than cause employee’s overall frustration.

Before giving feedback consider if you can offer constructive proposal for corrective action.

If you can’t that is not a feedback but a communication ruining your relationship with an employee.

Based on that decide whether or not to start the conversation.

The tone and atmosphere – the feedback may sometimes regard issues that are uncomfortable and awkward to be raised because of the given case or because of a relationship you have with the other person. Here again the intention of the conversation sets the tone for it and ultimately has an impact on the outcome.

Nevertheless, regardless how calm or friendly you are you will always face defense in a way of rejection, blaming somebody else or accusation of offending.

And that’s normal. And that’s OK.

The place – from psychological point of view address a corrective feedback in an isolated area where you can discuss it face to face. On the other hand reserve open spaces among other employees for the positive expression.

The time – It’s said the sooner the better. I say, it depends. If we want to react to certain behavior that took place during the meeting than it’s best to do it right after. There are though situation where the conversation may take place at other time like when commuting together to work or having lunch together. Some things may be put off to an annual evaluation.

The time also refers to how much of it you devote to the feedback itself. I like the advice from Shari Harley, the founder and President of Candid Culture, a company specializing in creating better business relationships. She recommends the feedback to last no longer than 2 minutes. In reality no one wants to discuss his or hers flaws for 20 minutes. It gets humiliating and doesn’t lead to the aimed improvement.

The precision – the feedback has to be specific and related to given situation, behavior, etc. If it can’t be specific it’s not a feedback. It’s not effective to tell someone to be more organized without adding any specifics. Same for telling they are doing great. They will just feel confused or feel good (which is good of course) but without any reflection for the future.

So if you want to achieve something by giving feedback and this is the purpose for any feedback than you have to be precise.

Happy practicing…

 

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The Art of Conversation – 5 key rules

Good conversation is everything. Think how you met your best friend. It all started from one of those best discussions you had in long time. Right? Conversation is what builds relation. And relation is essential to be successful. In your social, professional and business life. Simple as that.

But is that really simple?

Especially in today’s busy times when we are flooded by hundreds of distractors from every angle it’s important to stop for a minute and focus on the quality of conversation.

  1. Be present

Clear your head from all the other thoughts running through your mind or the hot topics sitting on your desk. Devote the time to the other person and the conversation. Show genuine interest. Your partner will sense right away your head is somewhere else if it will.

 

  1. Be yourself and talk for real

The power of authenticity. As much as it is important to adapt the style of a conversation to another person, it is extremely important to stay true to yourself. Embrace your personality and share with others. The gift will be recognized and the conversation will be so much more interesting and trustful. Trustworthiness leads to buy in.

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  1. Be brave to meet reality

Issues tend to be swept under the carpet. People avoid uncomfortable discussion hoping time will solve the problem for them. Well, sometimes it does. However usually we just feel bad we didn’t face it to talk it through and clear the air. We stick not moving the situation forward, not influencing it.

Facing the reality in a conversation has the power to change it.

 

  1. Let the silence do the trick

Do not do all the talking and just the talking during conversation. Give the time to a question being answered and don’t ask another one if the first hasn’t been answered. This may be painful for those loving to talk. Still give it a try. Sometimes allowing the silence to step in brings in aspects or facts that wouldn’t be brought without the added help of a silent bubble. It helps master the good listener skill. But most of all the silence can really do the trick to open conversationalists.

 

  1. Be responsible for the emotions you leave behind

One of the rules of conversation by Susan Scott, who inspired me to write about communication, is that conversation is not about the relationship; conversation is the relationship. Bum! I didn’t hear anything more true than that.

Delivering the message think of its emotional wake. It speaks very loud about the relationship you have or want to have with another person. And remember – you always meet twice…

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Key messages for women in the workforce

Woman’s life is complex and requires serious decision making about the future. They may be happy and fulfilled staying at home raising children. However if they chose to stay in the workforce it’s worth to be aware of what helps to achieve a rewarding and fulfilling position.

 

Here are three core messages that Mrs. Sheryl Sandberg promotes in her bestselling book “Lean In”.

 

  1. Sit at the table

Women tend to underestimate their own abilities and often feel intimidated by surrounding men in a work environment. It is behavioral aspect and let’s face it’s a complete nonsense.

At schools and universities it is very often females that are studying and getting the best grades and rewards. Women are into jobs in military, politics, running companies but still there’s this perception in societies that they are somehow weaker.

Just looking closer into the expression “that woman got balls” referred to ladies in managerial positions implies that the “She” is somehow different from the other regular women.

I have myself a long experience of being raised in a men environment by my father with my older brother and his large number of male friends. And I agree, men are stronger but it’s only about physics.

Good news is that every behavioral aspect can be trained to change it.

Worse thing is that woman’s success and her likeability are not positively correlated in our sociatites. It should be in our interest to change that equally for women and for the men who surely care about the future of their daughters.

This message is about engagement in your workplace and thus building your self confidence about deserving your own success.

If you are invited to a meeting, make sure you sit a the meeting table and engage in the topic. Otherwise you will be perceived as an observer not as a contributor.

 

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  1. Make your partner a real partner.

Women focusing on their career find it difficult to combine it with a decision about having a family. As per study cited by Mrs. Sandberg, two thirds of men in USA in top positions have kids, whereas looking at women, we have one third less managing both.

It is possible. And you can have it both

But the secret is you need to have the right partner. It’s not about suddenly convincing you to change your spouse of course but to either consciously chose right from the beginning or raise awareness of how much important that is.

I personally can confirm that. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my husband’s support taking care after our child when she was 2 months old and I had to go abroad for a week to attend a company meeting or spending time with her on weekends while I was engaged in my MBA for 2 years.

 

With some exceptions to the rule (also proven in my case) citing the author

“the things that make bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands”.

Or perhaps I’m just attracted to good guys in general 😉

 

  1. Don’t leave before you leave

Again, if you chose to stay in a workforce and you want to succeed, don’t let yourself be stopped by fears about your future probability of having a family. Girls from the early years are told that they will have to chose between the one or the other. That tends to hold them back and that may impact their future going forward.

In the extreme cases, don’t think how you will manage your family if you don’t even have a boyfriend!

If you are about to move to a different country for a year or so with your husband don’t waste chances you may be offered before you leave. It may be you will get back watching your colleagues having that dream job you’ve ever wanted but somehow thought you didn’t have time for that.

A food for thought.

 

I recommend this whole book from the bottom of my heart as apart from valid advice it gives the insight into a woman’s world and how not to get paranoid about all the complexity, unfair society judgments and perfection we are driving at in all areas of our life.

 
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  1. Learn and pay attention

No matter how educated you are or how experienced you may be, it’s worth to learn how the things work in new working environment. It’s not the best move to push forward your ideas without understanding the context. Something could work fine in other company but it may be a failure in a different organization. Learning from others and paying attention to company’s culture helps understanding the background and needs of an organization better.

If you are at the beginning of your career learning and paying attention is crucial. You will simply avoid making mistakes.

  1. Make yourself visible and show engagement

Put quality to your tasks. It’s not enough to do “only” what you are supposed to do. Employees who go the extra mile that is exceed the expectations tend to be more successful. If you want to be noticed, stop adapting the “what’s in it for me” or “it’s not my job” attitude. This type of philosophy will prove you’re focused on yourself and may act in the end to the contrary of your goal, that is get elevated within the organization.

It’s also, despite some clock watching managers, not necessarily important how long you stay in the office. When it comes to the visibility, it is what quality of work you deliver that matters most.

  1. Be kind but decisive

Taking (fast) decisions, specially for a beginner is a burden. However a good leader will always expect of you to take a measured risk rather than ask your supervisor for advice every single time. Of course I don’t mean here taking decisions no matter what and endangering your company’s interest. Again learn, ask questions and make use of the of the gained knowledge with a flavor of having guts.

  1. Make your point

Prepare for the meeting and suggest your proposals. If you are not sharing your colleagues’ point of view raise your concern. Be a part of the conversation or brain storming. If you are invited to the table that’s probably someone thought you can make a contribution. Do focus on bringing to the table something that moves the conversation forward.

On the other hand, be careful.

You don’t want to be the person that thinks the key to be noticed is to make his/her voice heard.

No one likes lengthy meetings and that’s one of the most common reasons that contribute to the added time spent rather than added value.

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  1. Ask for your career development or a promotion

If you want something ask for it. It’s not a 100% guarantee you will get what you want but it will help for sure. Sitting and waiting for someone to spot you or your needs may not be fruitful. If your strategy is to do that you might be disappointed with the effect.

However, majority of people is afraid to ask for things such as raise, change of position, promotion or simply asking someone on a date. What it takes to ask is to overcome the fear of rejection.

It’s also important to spread the news you are open for new challenges. Therefore embrace networking and identify people that may help you.

  1. Change company

It may turn out the you can honestly confirm you’ve been doing all that with zero effect. If your desire to go up and make more money or get more experience is overwhelming, it’s time to consider changing the company. Some say that leaving your current firm increases the chances to be hired back for a higher position.

 

 

 

6 hints to a successful job interview

Conducting interviews over the years has shaped me as an interviewer and also given me the vision of ideal discussion that results in my higher interest in the interviewee.

Here are few tips that I deeply recommend to boost your chance for a successful application.

I’m not going to write about the qualifications, education or experience. I’m going to assume this is met in one way or the other.

I want to focus on general things that are same or sometimes even more important.

  1. Get an overview about the company before you go to the meeting.

It’s one of the routine – what do you know about our company – questions that one may expect. It’s also very easy to answer with little effort to prepare. Still not being able to say anything about the firm you are applying to leaves a bad impression just right in the beginning and may impact the conversation moving forward.

  1. Think how you could contribute.

A bit more challenging. However this can easily be combined with the area of your strengths. You may refer to your usual role in a team whether it is a resource investigator, coordinator, specialist, etc. Remember – every team member is important.

Try to visualize the position you are applying for and share how you would see your special role in it.

Visualization is also helpful when it comes to the interview itself.

Try to foresee the questions that may pop out and think how to answer them to present yourself best.

  1. Ask questions.

First of all, you should clarify as much uncertainties you may have about the position as possible. It’s for the good of both parties. Changing a job is a huge step, therefore simply be sure it’s a right one.

Moreover it gives the interviewer the signal you are responsible and task oriented even without phrasing it.

It also shows you are keen to learn more about the company and the position, therefore interviewer takes more faith in your future engagement.

  1. Smile 🙂 and keep eye contact.

Simple, yet very important! Same, shocking, when stressed, we tend to forget about it.

It’s not just about verbal communication but very much about the non verbal.

Remember you are about to enter new environment. That’s why you are also looked at in terms of how you come across.

  1. Dress smart!

Some people tend to underestimate importance of that one. However for me this is a statement how serious one is about the application. The style of a smart outfit depends on the job you are applying for of course but keep that in mind please.

  1. Have an open attitude – be ready to answer a personal question.

I ask those on occasion to get to know a bit more of a person and his/her natural reaction to it. Simply for me to see a bit more behind the surface. Of course, normally the interviewer will not go across the board, so I’d say nothing to be afraid of.

Easier said than done, but, don’t take it personally if you’re not selected… Often times the competition is just too extreme. If you feel your skills are adequate and you are determined and certain you want to work for a given company, don’t give up!

 

5 Tips to get better organized at work

 

  1. Plan your week.

I mean putting down tasks in your calendar. This is the base. Whatever you put in writing gets higher chance of putting it into realization.

Plan in particular:

  • Things to arrange for;
  • Schedule your meetings;
  • Other “to do” things according to your deadlines, prioritization, etc.;

 

  1. Go with a plan for a given day

You have to be prepared that some percentage of the time – the share depends on your profession – will be absorbed by the business as usual stuff which can’t be planned ahead. Still you should either plan how much time you should free for those or plan how much time you may reserve for the planned activities. That’s why it’s super important how you plan your week.

 

  1. Stay focused on your task.

When you go to the planned task, stay focused to finish it. Avoid distraction like too many windows opened in your browser or your mobile. This one requires self control and is sometimes even painful but the award is you are done with your task.

Of course to be realistic and again, depending on your job, you will be distracted by things or issues you can’t shut your eyes to.

Just imagine one of the most important customers calling you in the middle of a budgeting meeting with your team. I’d recommend to take that one and spare few moments for the discussion. Same – spotting an urgent inquiry in your mailbox. Reacting to it by giving short information you will get back soonest (or delegating to your team member if possible-even better) will save you unnecessary stress bothering you when you should be focused on the thing you want to finish.

And, what’s equally important your business as usual won’t get negatively affected.

 

  1. Handle the most important things in the morning.

It’s in the morning when your brain is most efficient and you get the things done with ease and speed. Plus the things ticked as done will put you in a “doer” mood for the rest of the day.

 

  1. Don’t get de-motivated if you can’t cross out as DONE all the things you have planned for the given day. You can always put them forward to some other day. That’s quite OK. Just make sure it’s not going to be your everyday routine and you shouldn’t feel guilty about that.

Networking – to Do It or NOT to Do It ?

The answer is simple. Do It! And here is why..
In short, it is valid for your current business as well as for your potential paths of doing business and not only.
I listed down below some of the main advantages when considering the value of networking. The order is not random although it may turn out you will praise one over another.

Inspiration – if other people can do it why you can’t ! Basically networking , be it events, face to face or the one in social media is about inspiration. Before every plan there’s a dream. And before every dream, there’s an inspiration.

Opportunities – people you get to meet open many doors. Everyone holds a sphere of influence he or she has. An exchange of knowledge and common interest is a key factor to your business development.

Advice and Assistance – very much related to “Opportunities”, however this one is not that much or even very little about joint business development. Yet similar. People you meet with different background and experience can share valuable thoughts or advice.

“Open-mind-maker” – Networking is a fantastic tool that makes us think outside the box. Just to give an example – have you ever thought about climbing Mount Everest to promote your business? Perhaps you thought of supporting cancer R&D programs donating percentage of your income? The more diverse in type of business and personal character your network is the better.

Friendship – Now this is indisputably one of the added value we love about networking. The chance to meet new friends is actually quite high as you will most probably meet ‘positive freaks’ with similar enthusiasm towards life.

Last but not least Positive Health Impact – Yes, that’s scientifically proven. It boosts state of happiness, reduces stress and improves your self-confidence. And that is just to name few.

All above seems to make sense and to be encouraging to start building and developing your network. Though it’s not all that sweet and dandy for many.
To be fair it actually comes with an effort. It requires time and consistency to build a relationship and in some cases guts to make the first step talking to a stranger…
Still, the drive of an entrepreneur to evoke attention will also be the secret force behind the call of networking.

Happy Networking! This may actually become one of the New Year’s resolution for you!