The 1 networking mistake you should never make again

A few months ago, an acquaintance reached out to me for career and personal branding advice. Thrilled to help, I offered to call this person right away (free of charge of course) and I spent close to an hour sharing advice, suggesting various resources and offering to introduce her to one of the most valuable mentors I have ever had.

I went above and beyond for this contact, just like I do for almost anyone who reaches out to me for guidance. In return, I received the absolute worst thing you could get after extending help with networking.

Nothing.

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3 awesome networking tips to help you reach your goals

Last week, I opened my tea bag and read the inspirational quote attached to it as I always do—only this time instead of feeling inspired, I felt aggravated. The quote read, “Don’t ask and everything will come.”

I felt, and still feel, this is lousy advice and cringe at the idea of people believing it. If you want to succeed, especially in the workplace, you have to advocate for yourself, get support from others and ask for help.

Rather than sitting around and waiting for things to happen (as my tea bag brilliantly suggests), these networking tips will actually help you make things happen. (more…)