Have you ever noticed when you go out people tend to look at you strangely and for a moment you are like what? What I’ve done? Well, you did nothing wrong, but its just a general way how every person is being looked at when he go to some place for the first time. So it’s become really hard to get acceptable when we go out or even meet new people. When we talk being socialize it’s about the behavior, how we communicate with people on daily basis. But it is more than just behaving.
Let’s look to an example. You went to some supermarket for grocery shopping. Your whole conversation with the shopkeeper rotates between hey; thank you, good day and bye. That’s it. What I am trying to say is maybe many people like to be with this attitude, but if you want to be socialized and want to increase your network in terms of work, friends or anything than you must follow some simple ways that will make a big change in you to be a nice and social able person.
So before digging deep, make sure you have stepped out from your comfort zone and able to communicate strongly with people. Because if you want to sharpen your networking skills. You first need to be a good communicator and a confident person. Let’s follow some quick steps
Actively Take Part
Now this is for all the shy people who have fears in communicating and they just sit idoly in their work-space or mostly stay out of everything. Now if you really want to be a social person then you must be confident first. Try to start first no matter what. For example, you recently joined your job, so when you go to your office first day simply say hey to everyone. This will overcome your first day fear, also it will create an urge to take part in different activities actively.
For practitioners of community development, as in any field joining a network of like minded professionals is important for building skills and becoming aware of opportunities and resources
Try To Get Into Groups
Now this is important, as you wanted to increase your circle you have to join different groups and try to meet people on daily basis. The best way to catch a person is during lunch breaks. Well It is quite awkward, but it is worth for you. Try to utilize you lunch and tea breaks with different people around you and talk to them about different topics. The more you tend to involve with people you more chances to strongly increase your network.
Share Common Interest
Well I know its really hard to find common or like-minded people. So if you are in a job or something else. The first step you need to do is to share your area of interest with other people and find what they have in their minds. Once you know about the person’s thinking you can easily detect who is best suitable for you to spend time with.
Keep In Touch
Last but not the least. The key of having long term relationship with people or you may say long term network connections is to keep in touch with them. Now, as you successfully find people with mind compatibility and all, your next step is to keep the friendship strong and long lasting. So even if you need for some help in future, you could ask for that person.
I think guys having networks with people is not bad so long as you are good to them and so they do. It also helps you establishing your confidence and also improve your communications.
Well, let me know if you find this article helpful. Also, if you have some better ideas about how one can strengthen their social skills please share with me. I’ll definitely appreciate it. Thank you!