When you're working on building a network to advance your career, it can feel rather... icky.... to go to 'networking' events.
Especially if you're in a city like DC, that feels like it's full of hustling professional networkers.
It just doesn't feel good to ask or answer those "typical" DC questions:
Where do you work / Who do you know / How can you help me.
And do you know WHY it makes you want to take a shower and never go to another networking event again ever?
Because those questions don't BUILD connection.
They're only about USING connections.
SO if you feel icky about those questions, it means that you're NOT about using people.
You're probably more about CONNECTING with people.
And there are better questions that will BUILD connection.
What they WILL do is help you BUILD a foundation to a strong connection.
And guess what... you DON'T have to save these questions for a "networking" event.
Skip the next "cocktails for young professionals" event.
Get out into your community, meet your neighbours, go to something fun like a "learn how to make appetizers" class. And start chatting with people who are relaxed.
Over time you're going to build a core of people in your network who you'll trust, and they'll trust you. And that will open doors, get you opportunities and job interviews.
So with all of that, here are some questions you can use to create authentic connections to build your network!
Hi, I'm Liz!