We wanted to get to know Ruth Thaler-Carter (NAIWE’s Networking Expert) better, so last month we sat down with her. Here is what she shared with us.
A common misconception of networking is to talk up ourselves, but this is not how it works. Instead, would you suggest take a 180 degree turn and spend your time learning about other people and their services?
Absolutely. Networking is a two-way process, and it starts with the other person. You want to be seen as someone who knows how to listen and learn from colleagues, and then as someone who can offer advice, resources, and other aspects of helping each other do our work better.
What are two synonyms you have for the word networking?
Interacting, two-way process
With social distancing in effect and other restrictions in place due to the COVID 19 pandemic, what changes will we see in the networking world?
Networking is likely to become more and more virtual, with meetings—both two-person and large-group—being held electronically, whether through something like Zoom or Skype (where you can see each other) or by teleconference. Some organizations won’t be able to hold large events such as annual conferences and might break those events into smaller pieces and offer sessions as webinars. Some organizations are going to lose a lot of money because of having to cancel their annual conferences, so networking will be more valuable but harder to do on a large-scale basis.
Networking is more than a common buzzword; it’s an important key to success as an independent writer or editor. Learn about the best ways to make networking an effective, functional element of your independent business, as well as what not to do.
You can join in this conversation on April 23, at 7 pm eastern, when NAIWE will host a discussion on effective networking. The cost for NAIWE members is only $10! Non-members can join for $30. Register today!