When networking, don't cynically use people
Networking makes many people uncomfortable, mostly because it conjures images of disingenuous sleazeballs trying to get ahead.
Those people exist!
However, this does not mean you have to be one of those sleazeballs. While you are definitely the one making the request of the people you meet and speak with, do your best to follow these principles:
- Do them a favor first when possible
- Pay for the coffee or beer
- Stay in regular communication and keep them posted on any updates on your end
You want to make sure you’re developing a positive and ongoing relationship, not a simple, one-off transactional one.
If you have questions feel free to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also add you to my informal mailing list in case I have updates or news or whatever.
This article is an excerpt from Chapter 7 (Method 2: How to network your way to a 1099 gig) of my book.
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