What is your networking mission? It is important to answer this question. Relationship building takes time and can get out of hand without a focus.
Businesses are started with missions. Take the same concept and apply it to yourself. Think about your reasons for wanting to build relationships. If you stick to your mission, then your efforts will become strategic and focused.
Here are some questions to answer as you think about your networking mission:
- Why do I want to build relationships?
- Who do I want to meet?
- What benefit am I looking for with networking?
- What drives me?
- How can I assist others?
- What do I need from others?
Here is an example of a networking mission that is focused on a particular need:
To meet investors and other professionals who will assist me in growing my startup.
You can have more than one mission depending on your particular needs. You can modify it with each new focused effort that you may have. At the same time, it is important to have one overall mission statement for yourself that will apply to all situations.
Networking is a critical component of business and personal success. So, you want to make sure that both are aligned.