- On September 3, 2017
People often hate networking because they feel awkward, like they are selling something that’s unwanted. Wharton professor Adam Grant recently wrote how to build a network without being a great networker. Sponsors, mentors, investors, and collaborators will come to you if:
- You have a track record of success. Some interesting stats: each patent issued by inventors increases the likelihood of a new collaboration by 44%. Entrepreneurs who release more products than peer companies are almost 300% more likely to get funding from high-status investors.
- If you’re a well-known subject matter expert. People not only want to learn from you but also prove their skills and earn your respect.
- If you do excellent work and share your knowledge with others. People will reciprocate.
In a nutshell: “Produce some worthwhile work first, and you’ll be in a better position to build your network.”