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December 18, 2017
107: Advice for networking

Networking isn’t just for corporate people in business suits, it’s a handy skill to master as a designer! In this episode we discuss our experience with networking and share our best tips for finding the right people to talk to, and making the most of the connection.

key takeaways

Think of networking not as forming business contacts, but as friendship. Just like friendship, it involves both give and take, and a mutual interest in something.

It’s great to build your network by talking to people online. It’s a stress-free way to get to know someone and have a conversation, and it means you’ll already have a starting point when you meet in person at an event (or a reason to ask them out to coffee if you visit their city!).

Don’t wait to start networking. It takes time to form relationships, so the sooner you start the better! It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie, get out there and start talking to people in your field.

show timestamps

00:00 - Intro & catch up

05:00 - Thinking of networking as making new friends

08:45 - Networking online

11:00 - Forcing networking vs meeting naturally

13:10 - Inviting strangers for coffee

18:05 - Finding the people to network with online

22:10 - Networking at university

26:40 - Being prepared to meet someone

29:20 - Last words of advice

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