Why Men Need to Network (And How to Do It Properly)

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Networking involves more than just giving and receiving info. There is an art to it, and men can benefit by knowing how to do it well. The result can be rising another rung on the career ladder or making a new connection that helps you as an entrepreneur.

Why Networking Matters

You’ve likely heard that no one can go it alone or that you’ll do better by having others around you who support your masculine needs. But why, exactly? Why is networking so important?

There are several reasons. Firstly, networking gets you in front of people who can advance your career. Gain access to new opportunities, whether it is new clients or a male mentor.

Also, you will find that you learn by watching others. As you network at an event or online, it might become quite clear to you that there’s a lot to learn about your industry, the job search, or another subject. On the other hand, you might discover that you are way ahead of the pack in terms of your knowledgebase.

Finally, watch your self-confidence soar as you form new professional relationships, both with other men and with women too. The insights you gain from the connections can help you go into the next boardroom with even more determination than before.

How to Network Effectively

While it’s important to network, it’s even more important to know who to network with to make the most of your time. Otherwise, you’re just using up masculine energy that leaves you drained at the end of the day and does not boost your career.

To network well involves finding like-minded men to help you succeed. Rather than spending hours searching for this type of group, find a strong online network at masculine by design. By communicating with those who have a similar vision, you can provide the support you need to take the next step in business or personally.

If you are searching for a job, another way to network well is to ask those someone who is more experienced in your industry to review your resume. Their constructive feedback can help you strengthen the document before going after your dream job to increase the chances of getting it.

Another Networking Tip: Have a Balanced Conversation

Another important piece of advice for any man to follow is to let the other person speak. While you might think you have all the answers, that’s not what networking is about.

So, get over your ego and let the other person talk for a while. What they tell you might be surprising, and the chances are good that it will help you with a future activity, such as a job interview.

On the other hand, if you don’t let the other person speak, then you risk having them think you don’t care what they are saying right now. That means that they might not help you and you won’t learn from them.

Networking Well, Starting Today

Now you have the tools to head out into the world to network, learn, and improve yourself. Do well, be bold, and take your life to a new and exciting level!

Just A Guy Thing is a men's lifestyle magazine focused primarily at guys wanting to better themselves.

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