Organizing My Network
When your contacts are organized, you'll be a faster and more efficient networker.
To get the most out of your network, you have to understand it!
The first step towards properly leveraging your network is making sense of it. You belong here if:
- you recognize a need to keep in touch with your contacts
- you feel like you have no specific “reason” for needing to stay in touch
- you want to effectively and efficiently add value to your network of contacts
Organizing your network doesn't have to be a pain! Check out the information below to get you started.
Tying It All Together
Once you've mastered the basics, kick your networking value into high gear!
Real Life Examples
ECO Business Academy- London, UK
Brian is an energetic social entrepreneur who uncovers opportunities at the intersection of community and commerce. He is the founder and CEO of USEED, a crowdfunding platform that empowers schools to fundraise as a community. As the founder of a company, Brian maintains that the essence of his job is starting and building strong relationships with all kinds of people every day, whether that means collaborating with other startup CEOs, building relationships with angel investors and VC firms, or reaching out to potential clients.
Brian relied on Google Calendar reminders to manage his contacts and follow-ups. He scheduled text message reminders, but became overwhelmed and ended up ignoring the majority of these texts. As a result, he ended up missing critical follow-ups, and even missed face-to-face meetings. He got used to “that sinking feeling in his gut” that plagued him every time he missed a big opportunity or failed to follow through on an important commitment.
Attorney – New York, NY
When young, soon-to-be attorneys graduate from law school, they are reminded of the importance of network and strengthening past relationships for future success. When Josh Holt graduated from Boston College he knew that these words rang true, but wondered how he would continue to keep up with an ever-expanding list of contacts from different worlds.
Josh landed himself an associate position with Curtis, Mallett-Prevost, Colt, & Mosle, an international law firm based in New York City. He advises clients in the public and private sectors in the United States, Europe, West Africa, Central Asia and Singapore. If managing client conference calls across multiple time zones wasn’t enough, he still knew that nurturing his relationships would help him with long term success. Additionally, he knew that as attorneys progress in their careers and become partners in their firms, they are tasked with bringing in new business.