The Best Way to Schedule Time for Networking

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Franchesca Tan

Franchesca Tan

Updated: Apr 24, 2024

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In today's competitive professional landscape, networking isn't just beneficial—it's essential for individual career advancement and business growth. 

However, to truly capitalize on the potential of networking, it requires more than just showing up; it necessitates dedicated scheduling and strategic planning. Professionals can build lasting, valuable relationships that drive personal and business success by setting clear networking goals and integrating networking into daily routines.

So, how can you use your time wisely to get the most out of your networking? Let's explore this.

Setting clear networking goals

Effective networking starts with defining clear, actionable goals. Whether seeking career advice, job opportunities, or potential sales leads, establishing what you want to achieve is the first step to successful networking. 

Networking goals not only provide direction but also help measure the success of your networking efforts. They make your interactions more purposeful and ensure that each connection you make aligns with your broader professional objectives.

Maximizing the benefits of networking events

With your goals written out, you can focus on getting the most out of each networking opportunity. Preparation is key—research the event, know who will be attending, and plan your approach to engaging with them. 

At the event, be proactive in starting conversations, ask insightful questions, and express genuine interest in others' experiences and challenges. This proactive engagement helps build professional relationships that are both meaningful and beneficial.

Following up after networking events

The work doesn't end when the event does; follow-ups are crucial to solidify the connections you've made. Effective event follow-ups should be timely and personalized, reflecting your discussions. 

Whether it's a simple thank-you email, a request for a one-on-one meeting, or sharing valuable resources relevant to the conversation, following up can turn a brief interaction into a lasting professional relationship.

Integrating networking into daily routines

Try to see networking as something other than an occasional activity but as a part of your daily professional life. Daily integration of networking tasks—such as reaching out to a new contact, following up on previous interactions, or sharing interesting articles on professional platforms—can ensure continuous engagement. 

These small, consistent actions build a habit of networking that continually nurtures and expands your professional network.

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To streamline the scheduling challenges associated with networking, tools like Doodle can be incredibly beneficial. Doodle's professional booking and 1:1 pages simplify arranging meetings, allowing you to focus more on relationships than logistics. 

With Doodle, you can easily integrate your networking activities into your daily routine, ensuring you never miss an opportunity to connect or follow up.

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By setting clear goals, maximizing event interactions, practicing timely follow-ups, and integrating networking into your daily life, you can build and maintain professional relationships that are instrumental for career and business growth.

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