Effective networking can increase your ability to deliver your project as well as further your project management career. In this episode I discuss what networking is and share suggestions on how to promote your career by building relationships with others in the field.

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What is networking?

  • Networking is establishing and maintaining informal relationships with people
    whose acquaintance or friendship could bring advantages such as job or business
    opportunities.
  • Isn’t it the essence of what a project manager does? We communicate.

Why Network?

  • Studies have shown that 50% of all available job openings are not advertised. Some studies show that number to be as high as 80%.

Networking within your project

Some of the most important networking you can do is within your own organization. As project managers we have a natural opportunity to network while we are leading projects.

  • We network with many people during a project such as:
    • Stakeholders
    • Management
    • Team members
    • Across disciplines
    • Customers
  • Networking during a project provides great benefits in a couple of different ways.
    • On the Project
      • Effective networking improves your ability to deliver the scope of the project.
    • Your Career
      • Relationships you develop during the project will help you further your career.
      • Your ability to network within a project often impacts the next project you are assigned.

Favorite Networking methods

There are several ways we can network. Here are some of my favorite methods to network .

  • Person to person (face to face)
    • Project Management Events
      • PMI Local Chapters
        • Attend chapter meetings and other events.
        • Volunteer to be on the chapter board.
      • Training Classes
    • Conferences
      • PMI’s LIM (Leadership Institute Meeting)
      • PMI Global Congress
    • Lunch / Restaurants
      • Meet with others at for lunch at your favorite restaurant.
  • How about social media?
    • LinkedIn
      • Join one of the many project management communities on LinkedIn.
      • Connect with Mark Phillipy on LinkedIn.
    • Google+
    • Twitter
      • Connect with Mark on Twitter as @SensiblePM.
      • Join in on the weekly #PMChat each Friday at noon eastern time.
    • Facebook
      • There are many project management communities on Facebook.

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Please leave a comment below about networking methods you have found effective in your project management career.

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