Hey. How are you? It’s good to see you. I’m good thanks, keeping busy. Hope you’ve been busy too. Not crazy busy, like you-haven’t-slept-in-72-hours busy, but busy enough that you’re not bored enough to start early on your tax return. Thankfully this is just the newsletter to starve off potential boredom.
As always, this newsletter aims to point out online resources to help with motivation, goal-setting, and all things related, all with a hefty topping of banter. Marvelous. This edition will focus on the art of networking, a process that can expand your horizons and group of friends, but can also be a bit daunting to some.
Onwards and upwards.
In all seriousness
Networking is arguably the lifeblood of how the world works, as the interaction, expansion and collaboration of personal relations to solve problems or advance projects keeps us working and improving. As they say, ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. Simply meeting someone on the street, in the lecture hall or even at a party can drastically change and improve your current position. But networking as a professional, whether as a fresh graduate or as an industry veteran, can be a bit different. Or is it? Adam Philipp explains the act of networking in an easier, and nerdier, way to change your perspective on the whole process.
But if you’re at the stage where you really want to make a name for yourself, where you want to kick the door down and throw business cards like ninja stars, then the articles below will provide multiple tips and to-do’s. My tip would be to actually not throw your business card like a ninja star, but some may be impressed.
But on a lighter note
One of the main things that people assume when aiming to expand their network is to approach and talk to people in their own field, rather than meeting people from anywhere else. Whilst a solid plan if your goal is to improve your standing within your field, you never know what opportunities or experiences you may miss out on. After all, nothing wrong with making some new friends along the way.
Author John Green talks about these opportunities and experiences in the TED Talk below, particularly focusing on a networking around the idea of continuous learning.
As mentioned last newsletter, this segment will be based solely on links to articles and/or videos with the intention to provide some quick reads and tips. Some will build upon the main articles, while others will be a bit of fun or improve general skills and knowledge.
Fun Fact of the Month:
A “moment” is a medieval unit of time equal to 90 seconds.