Stepping into Cold Water

An approach for people who are afraid of networking

There is no doubt, and it is common knowledge that networking is one of the fundamental ingredients of a successful career. Why then many people cannot engage in this concrete practice to raise their chances of success in their professional lives? Talking with my clients and with the members of Altitude’s group on WhatsApp, I noticed the following reasons: shyness, lack of confidence, blocking mindsets, fear of being inconvenient or rejected, and unawareness of the importance networking has. Are any of those your reasons? If so, please, keep reading! There are ways to overcome this barrier and take advantage of this marvelous way of connection, self-giving, interaction, learning, and growth that will bear many benefits to your professional life, whether in the job searching process, seeking for a promotion, or pursuing professional development.

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You are a Present for the World

You! Yes! You! You have value, a purpose, talent, education, and many competencies. But does the world know? You are a present to the world! Are you giving yourself to it? Are you communicating and integrating yourself with the network of life: family, friends, and the professional community? So much potential is in you waiting to be discovered; are you out there showing it?

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The Benefits of Networking

Many of us have already heard about networking, but what does it really mean? The network process is about developing relationships. Networking is also an exchange process: of information, influence, and favors in which there is a mutual benefit. The principle is very humane. The human being is a social one who grows and blossoms through contact with other people. It is real in life as a whole, and it is also true in professional life. Success and networking walk together, hand in hand! I could not emphasize enough how important networking is. But why?

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The Commitment to Learning a Foreign Language

We live in a highly globalized world where information gets to the other side of the planet through the Internet in a matter of seconds or a few minutes. The language most commonly spoken among the most diverse nationalities is English. However, other relevant languages also need to be valued, such as Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi, and French.

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Communication Checkup

It has never been so important to master the art of communication. In times of pandemic, when text messages via applications, emails, or social media posts have become a means to transmit knowledge, data, ideas, and opinions in a more intense way, it’s fundamental to have the necessary competence to communicate in the most effective way possible.

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Creativity – The Differential in Any Crisis

According to Einstein, “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” In times of crisis such as this pandemic moment, for instance, it is not only desirable, but extremely necessary. We need to change and adjust. We need a great metamorphosis to face the challenges and uncertainties of this new reality.

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