No, my title does not include a reference to vulgar language. The WTF of networking seems simple:
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Let’s say you meet someone at some kind of event, have a brief conversation with them, and feel as though they could be a good contact to have. What’s the first thing you are going to do when you get home? Chances are you are going to Google them. You will look for some kind of website or blog to see if the first impression you got from them holds true and that they really will be a valuable contact in the future.
From there, if you deem the connection valuable and necessary, you will find them on Twitter, follow them, read their content, and start interacting with them. If these conversations become valuable, lead to a meet-up, and an actual friendship develops, a friend request will most likely be next on the agenda.
At least, this is my take on networking. My idea of what networking should be. But this is still a working theory. How to make the move from a Twitter follow to a meet-up to an actual friendship still seems intimidating and awkward to me.
As a college student and intern, networking is still a mystery. I’m still trying to learn the ropes of it, figure out how to do it, and find value in the connections I am able to make. Right now I find myself obsessively stalking my Twitter feed and following new people. I am trying to observe the behaviors of others in order to learn the best practices of the industry.
So I am asking for your input! What are your best networking tips? Any good books out there worth reading? Blogs worth following? Any advice is welcome! 🙂