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The Art of Networking: Navigating the Project Management Sea


In the grand ocean of project management, professionals are akin to schools of fish, each contributing to the direction and strength of the collective journey. I've learned that the art of networking is not just about connecting—it's about finding and fostering your tribe. In this post, we'll dive into the depths of networking within the project management realm and discover how to swim together towards success.

The Schooling Instinct: Why Networking Matters

Just as fish instinctively form schools to enhance their survival, project managers can thrive by forming networks that foster mutual support and shared knowledge. Networking isn't merely exchanging business cards; it's about building relationships that add value to your professional life. It is a support system that can provide guidance, advice, and can open doors to new opportunities and collaborations.

Finding Your Current: Identifying Your Networking Style

Each fish has its way of swimming in the school, and so do project managers when they network. Are you more comfortable in one-on-one settings, or do you excel in larger groups? Do you prefer formal professional groups, or are informal meetups more your speed? Understand your style and seek out environments where you feel most at ease. Remember, authenticity in networking is key to forming genuine connections.

Navigating the Waters: Where to Connect

The vast ocean of project management is filled with networking opportunities. From PMI chapter meetings and professional conferences to LinkedIn groups and industry-specific forums, there are many seas to explore. Start by attending events relevant to your areas of interest or expertise. In today's digital age, don't underestimate the power of social media to connect with fellow professionals from around the globe.

Building the School: Creating Meaningful Connections

Once you've found your networking sea, focus on building meaningful connections. Engage in discussions, offer your expertise, ask insightful questions, and follow up with contacts after events. Networking is a two-way stream; look for ways to help others. By helping and sharing your knowledge freely, you create a symbiotic environment where everyone benefits.

The Ripple Effect: Growing Your Network

As your connections grow, so will your influence in the project management community. Each contact has the potential to introduce you to new ideas, perspectives, and opportunities. Keep your network informed about your projects and achievements and celebrate theirs as well. A well-maintained network can be like a ripple in the water, with each wave bringing fresh opportunities and connections.

Conclusion:

The art of networking in project management is about much more than just advancing your own career. It's about finding your tribe and moving together through the vast ocean of industry challenges and opportunities. As we swim in these schools, we share the collective wisdom of our experiences, contributing to a stronger and more vibrant community.

Remember, in the school of project management, no one swims alone. By networking effectively, we can all navigate the tides more efficiently, avoid potential predators, and reach our destinations together.


Resources:

  • Check out my FREE workbook that helps you lay a foundation for your transition into project management.

  • As you make your transition, track your goals, progress and accomplishments with this comprehensive journal.

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