6 Simple Ways to Expand Your Network

By Elizabeth Grace Saunders

February 6, 2013

It can feel really overwhelming to think about meeting new people. How can you expand your network when you can barely keep up with the people you know?

I completely understand that you have a certain relational capacity and that over investing in meeting new people is not a good use of time. However, through recent conversations with new additions to my network, I’ve been reminded of the incredible importance of expanding my horizons in this area.

New connections are the life blood of your career that can open up new worlds of opportunity to you.

If you’re someone who struggles with making time for this activity, I want to share two key principles with you and then a few tips.

Principle #1: Routine is key. If you don’t naturally make connections with new people, you need to set up some type of routine to make this happen on a regular basis. That could be something as small as spending 10 minutes on LinkedIn every Friday afternoon or as big as joining the leadership team in a professional organization. The key is that you want to have regular prompts to spend time with new people.

Principle #2: Pace yourself. Unless you are in a field like sales or business development, meeting new people will not always be your highest priority. It’s completely reasonable to set a limit for yourself and to spread out meetings over the proper amount of time. For instance, you may decide that you will have 1 to 2 phone conversations with new people each week and that you will attend one event each month.

Once you have those two principles planted firmly in your mind, you can use these six tips to start connecting with more people:

I hope these tips open you up to new and better connections this year!

Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the author of The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success With Less Stress and is the founder of Real Life E Time Coaching & Training. For more time investment tips, check out www.ScheduleMakeover.com.

Image via Shutterstock/Oleksiy Mark

By Elizabeth Grace Saunders

February 6, 2013