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How Can You Build Strong Networks for Your Professional Success?

Updated on October 9, 2019
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Nyamweya is a columnist with a Kenyan print media.He is also a freelance writer with various online and offline media platforms

I believe that building a strong network is crucial for professional success, regardless of the career that one is in. From my own personal experience, I have come to discover that a strong and expansive network is invaluable as it provides you with insight into different trends in the professional world, in addition to giving you access to insider information on job vacancies. Moreover, there is so much one can learn just by interacting with people in different fields. I, for example, have learnt so much from medical professionals that I have networked with, knowledge that has allowed me to better take care of my health by way of new nutritional choices I have made as well as preventative measures I have adopted against potential lifestyle diseases such as diabetes. After all, knowledge is power and one of the best ways of gaining knowledge is simply by interacting with people who are more knowledgeable than you.

Social media networking has personally proven to be one of the most effective ways of building and maintaining relationships. I read somewhere that ‘Social networks represent the digital reflection of what humans do: we connect and share. ‘This is undeniable, since social media has become the new way of forging relationships and sharing information. Personally, I love social media because I feel like it's the first step towards discovering professionals in the fastest, most convenient, and affordable way. LinkedIn, in particular, has been such an indispensable platform that has allowed me to connect with professionals from my field and other professions as well. Understanding how the LinkedIn algorithm works and how to use SEO in LinkedIn has been priceless in helping me to build incredibly valuable connections with professionals within and outside of my field from all over the world. I am very proactive on LinkedIn, making sure to comment on posts or responding to comments on my own posts, ensuring that I add value as much as I can. When I finally get to meet these connections in person, it is so much easier for me to pick up from our online conversations and make reference to my previous communications with them.

Even Facebook has been a great networking platform for me. Despite its reputation as being strictly for social engagements, I have discovered that there are a number of Facebook groups that are very professional and they have provided me with the opportunity to meet new professionals and learn new things. I have also had the pleasure of adding value and gaining from others as well.

Other than social media, I do also enjoy face-to-face networking events. The NIC Bank End Year Party, for example, has been a great avenue where I have been fortunate enough to create and nurture lasting relationships. During this party, I have made concerted efforts to meet colleagues that I rarely get to engage with during the year and even learn of various happenings in the company that I otherwise would not have been privy to.

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