6 Networking Tips for Busy Mums
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As busy mums, networking might not be at the top of our priority lists, but it can be incredibly beneficial both personally and professionally. You don’t have to be working to benefit from growing your network! Learning how to network successfully can lead to new opportunities, friendships, and support systems.
So here are 6 networking tips specifically tailored for busy moms:
1. Be strategic with your time
Our time is precious. That means it's important to be strategic with how we spend it. Instead of attending every networking event or accepting every invitation, choose events and opportunities that align with your goals and values. For example, if you're looking to switch careers, attend events, and connect with professionals just in the industry you're interested in.
2. Leverage social media
Whether you already have a profile or not, social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter can be powerful tools for networking. Having a digital presence lets your network know what you’re all about! Follow thought leaders in your industry, join groups and discussions, and engage with others' content. Don't be afraid to reach out and connect with people you admire or who you think could be valuable connections.
3. Attend events with your kids
If you're not able to attend networking events on your own, look for events that are family-friendly. Many organizations host events that are open to kids, such as charity walks or festivals. This can be a great way to meet other parents while also building opportunities in your professional network.
4. Use your existing network
Your existing network can be a valuable resource for expanding your network. Let your friends and family know that you're looking to connect with others in your industry or who share similar interests. They might be able to introduce you to someone or make a recommendation.
5. Be authentic
When networking, it's important to be authentic and true to yourself. Don't try to be someone you're not or pretend to have more experience than you do. Instead, focus on building genuine relationships with others. The connections that really matter will recognize your vulnerability!
6. Follow up
After attending a networking event or meeting someone new, be sure to follow up! Send a personalized email or LinkedIn message thanking them for their time and reiterating any points of discussion. This will help to keep the conversation going and solidify the connection.
Learning to network while juggling mum life might seem daunting, but it's worth the effort. By being strategic with your time and leveraging the resources available to you, you can build valuable connections that can benefit you both personally and professionally!