Help Before You Ask: Importance of Maintaining Your Personal Network

You never know when you’re going to need to ask a favor, and that is one of the greatest benefits of having a personal network (be it friends, family or acquaintances), right? Give a little, get a little – it’s what makes the world go round. However, it can be quite easy to get so wrapped up in life that you tend to alienate people or lose touch, but then what happens when you need to call a favor? 

A friend of mine – who I actually met via Twitter, had the pleasure of getting to work with, and has since become an awesome ally and person to have in my life – recently sent out that ‘I need a huge favor’ email. The kind of email you hope you only have to write very infrequently.

Let me back up just a second to tell you about this friend. As mentioned above, she is awesome. She’s also one of those power networkers who is always down to chat, share stories, collaborate on ideas, and help you in whatever way you might need help.

Which brings me to my point: always maintain your personal network, even when you don’t need anything.

What I mean by this is, if you only tap into your network when you need something, and not just to check in or grab coffee or a drink, the chances of that network working for you are slim to none. In this case, I was so happy to help and continually check in to make sure things are ok. I genuinely care about her getting what she needs, because she has been so great to me.

It seems so simple, right? Do unto others and you would want done to you (or something like that). Before you think about taking a favor, give out a few first!

On a related note, another friend of mine introduced me to this idea of leaving a networking or social event by asking the person “How can I help you?”. Love this idea and think that everyone should adopt it :)

 

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