This is part 11 of the 16 post series.
“If you don’t pay attention to the conversation you are involved in, you could miss an opportunity that arises for you.” ~ @NCWiseman
I teach “Networking for Mutual Benefit” as a lifestyle of networking that creates better results when you give, listen and focus on the other person.
You also should never ask for anything until you have permission to ask. This permission occurs when the other person feels that you are a good person, trustworthy and have given to them in some way or another. Often this give occurs just because you listened to them.
Networking for Mutual Benefit also teaches not to ask for a job, or anything for that matter which you do not know exists.
When we are networking properly, we should be building a relationship with the other person just by having a good open conversation. It’s the relationship that helps to open doors in the future.
However, here is a twist you need to pay attention for. Sometimes there is an opportunity, job opening or something that the other person knows that they have not shared with you yet. If the conversation changes slightly, the questions change or the other person’s posture changes in a way you don’t expect, it is possible that you are no longer in a causal conversation, but in a pre-job opportunity conversation.
Pay attention to the conversation and where it is going.