Unlocking Networking Success: Embrace the Power of Connections

The sentiment of shying away from networking is not uncommon, but it’s time to recognize the transformative potential of this essential professional practice. I often hear sentiments like, “Troy, I’ve shied away from networking my whole life – It’s time I left this in your hands.”

Networking, regardless of your personality type, is a key driver of professional success. For those with a more reserved disposition, there’s a piece of advice: find a friendly ‘anchor’ to accompany you on this networking voyage. This anchor can be a fellow industry professional, a friend, or someone you meet at the event who adds a positive energy to the room.

Yes, networking involves stepping out of your comfort zone to meet new faces, but your ‘anchor’ is there to support you during challenging moments. As I always emphasize, “People are more than their titles, companies are more than balance sheets.” Similarly, networking is about much more than finding a job – it’s about establishing authentic connections.

Networking is a journey, and the positive outcomes are often realized over the long term. By building and nurturing relationships, you create a network that goes beyond immediate professional needs. It becomes a source of support, advice, and opportunities throughout your career.

So, consider this an invitation to embrace networking as a powerful tool for professional growth. Your success is not just about what you know but also about who you know and the relationships you build along the way.

Troy Ashby, CPA
President, Benchmark Search