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11 Networking Tips When You’re Crunched for Time

Source | Linkedin | John Rampton | Entrepreneur

Regardless of your industry, if you want to thrive, then you need to network. Although you already know the catch: How can an entrepreneur or founder possibly fit networking into their already hectic schedules? Here are 11 tips to resolve the networking issue when you’re crunched for time.

1. Make networking a habit.

As career expert J.T. O’Donnell noted in an interview with Work It Daily, “It’s easy to say, ‘I don’t have time for networking.’ But the truth is, networking needs to be a habit, just like we brush our teeth, we shower and we exercise.” Think of this way. If you exercise daily, you always make time to squeeze in a workout. You may be jam-packed at work today, so you can’t hit the gym for two hours, but you still make it possible to fit in 30 minutes.

“For all of you out there who are time-crunched, stop thinking about networking in terms of this big block of time,” O’Donnell added. “Start thinking about what you can do in micro-blocks of time.” For example, if you can’t attend a networking event weekly, make it a recurring monthly event. Or, set aside around 20 minutes a day to build connections online.

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