Reading time: five minutes
I’ve been enjoying reading Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. It’s a great book to read if you’re interested in learning how to network and build meaningful relationships in your work and business life.
One of the points made in the book is to create a relationship action plan to help advance your professional goals. This is a structured way of outlining what you want to achieve, how you plan to achieve these goals, and who you should have in your professional circle to you get there.
To create this plan, you should:
When creating your own plan, keep in mind the following:
Make specific goals
It doesn’t help if you just write down “become better at time management”; think of how you’ll measure your progress in this area.
Make each goal achievable
Make sure it’s possible for you to achieve your goal. This is because setting yourself an easy goal means you won’t feel you’ve achieved much. And setting yourself hard goals means you’ll feel resentful and demotivated if you can’t hit an impossible target.
Update your plan
Update your plan as you pass each time increment. Having an up-to-date plan means you’re clear as to where you want to go in your personal and business life. It’s also useful to see exactly how much you have achieved with each update.
Have a visual plan
Keep your plan somewhere where you will always see it, this could be on your desk, your fridge, your phone case, your laptop, it doesn’t matter! As long as your plan is visible to always remind you of your goals.
What does this look like?
I’ve just created one for myself. Let me show you how it looks.
My three-year goal
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An upcoming one-year goal
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An upcoming three-month goal
The importance of networking
We know that networking is an important skill in life and in business. Building relationships is critical to us as professionals, whether it is for business opportunities, career advancement, making friends in the profession, or however you choose to define success.
Find out more about the benefits of networking in this LCN Says: ‘A student’s guide to networking’.
Your network can help to fill in any knowledge gaps, offer different perspectives and experiences, introduce you to others, refer clients to you, be your cheerleaders, and even offer you employment (that’s how I found my most recent job).
In life, our personal friends support us, help us to grow, include us in their lives and futures. In work and business, professional friends are much the same. We can only get so far on our own, and realistically we need others around us if we want to achieve what we set out to.
You can find out why it’s important to network by reading ‘LawCareers.Net's guide to networking’.
The power of writing things down
Why should your goals be written down? Put simply, it makes your plans much clearer!
As for remembering it, some of my challenges include working memory and regulating focus. So, having it in writing and somewhere I can see it regularly means I’m not negatively impacted by one of my challenges.
But regardless of your brain, having your goals in writing is always useful for remembering and processing information. Anything that makes it easier to visualise and remember something will be helpful to you.
Words mean nothing without action
Whatever your goals are and whoever you want on the journey with you, the most important word here is ACTION! So, don’t forget to do something every day, no matter how small, to put your plans into action and achieve the results you want.