Excuses are lies we tell others (and ourselves) when we don’t want to do something. Here are eight common lies people use about career networking.
- “I’m not ready.” – If you are a person of good character and have a sense of who you are and where you are going with your life and career, then you ARE ready. All you need is practice and maybe a little coaching. Networking is its own practice field.
- “I don’t have time.” – This is an unfortunate misconception. The truth is, if you’re busy you don’t have enough time NOT to network. Networking is a way to leverage time. Networking is one of the most important career advancing activities available to you.
- “My job doesn’t require networking.” – No matter what job you have, I would challenge that. Networking helps build influence. Influence matters in every job and every career field. But, even if you’re right, what about your next job?
- “I’ll wait a few years.” – Someone once said, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” This is true for networking.
- “I don’t like it.” – Why not? Most people who say this are simply afraid of something. Find out what you’re afraid of. Then, overcome your fear with a plan, some guidance and practice.
- “I’m not very good at it.” — Maybe not. But, anyone can get better. You’ll be bad before your good and good before you’re great. To improve, get coaching and get in the game.
- “I tried once and it didn’t work.” – Like anything worthwhile, networking is a long-term investment in your future.
- “I networked a lot and got nothing out of it.” – Why not? Maybe you need help with your interpersonal skills. Maybe you have the wrong networking approach or plan. Maybe you’re attending the wrong networking events. Maybe you’re getting value that you can’t yet see. Figure out what is wrong and try something else.