You have been an active part of my journey as I write my first book, “What’s Your Plan B?” It makes me even more ecstatic to share a snippet directly from my book that talks about one of the many steps on how to work your network to your advantage effectively.
Adversity teaches us the importance of having a network to rely on in trying times. This is when you should be able to reach out to the professional and trustworthy network that you have built and ask for help. A time when every step challenges you, networking can be just the aid you need in your corner. But, as easy as it seems, more often than not, it is not the case.
When I researched for my book, I found an interesting trend; a vast majority of people look at networking as a solid base when considering a Plan B. And rightly so, in the age of digital media, people around the world are accessible via varied mediums and in a single click. But there’s a catch. There always is! All you have to do for successful networking is to say the right words effectively.
Now, let’s understand this better. You see a trend in networking, and you join the suit and build a vast network; is that enough? No, you have to learn to capitalize on your investment in this network. Quite often, people having extensive networks struggle to find the right opportunity. Why do you think this happens?
The answer is people hesitate to make a move; so, they are unprepared and say the wrong words. Hesitation to reach out at the initial onset of adversity can make matters worse. If and when you have to turn to this network as a last resort, there is a high possibility that you’re too late to the party and lost your golden opportunity. Elvis has left the building!
The present time is a good reminder of why exactly we need a Plan B and how to work it out. As COVID 19 pandemic threatens to push the world into a deep recession, there is still time to reach out to your network and make it stronger. Here are three tips that can eliminate your hesitation, get you ready, and geared up to face the challenge.
During a virtual speech at a university in Amsterdam during the lockdown of 2020, I emphasized to all students that, be it a job interview or meeting a potential strong network, people will always ask you, “So, in the duration of the lockdown, what did you do to develop yourself?” When faced with a question like this, your answer will determine if you can create magic in the mundane. To have a desirable impact on your candidature, talk about a course you followed, or tell them how this lockdown has helped you unleash your creative abilities by giving examples. You can also talk about a personal goal like exercising or developing a healthy lifestyle and balance. This, in turn, will reflect highly on your profile, your attitude towards adversity, and the goal to reinvent the wheel and flourish. This should stimulate your connection to help you with your goal more than you anticipate.
I hope you find this snippet from my upcoming book, “What’s Your Plan B?” interesting, helpful, and worthwhile to give it a try. I am happy to hear your comments and suggestions and start a discussion about how to connect with your network rightfully. Happy networking!
Lithuania calling this October. Really happy that I will be speaking at the PMI Congress in Lithuania on how to survive adversity. In my talk, I will share my idea on why we need a plan B and how to choose and make your Plan B.
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