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Insights: How to Network When Working from Home

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Question

Submitted by: WISE NYC Metro member | 15+ years professional experience

How do you develop a "networking" schedule when you work from home?

Answer

You need to build it into your schedule, put it on your calendar, and make it a priority. Look at is as part of your daily routine - use the regular interactions you have during the day to connect with people. I am selective about the networking meetings I choose where I know I can meet clients and colleagues.

As you build these events into your schedule, be sure that they are aligned with your interests and goals.

You can also use the power of social media from your office to extend and expand your online networking efforts, but be sure to use "blended" networks of both offline and online forums.

Bobbie LaPorte

About Bobbie LaPorte

Roberta (Bobbie) LaPorte is founder and principal of RAL & Associates, a consulting firm providing career and leadership development services to technology, financial services and healthcare organizations. Bobbie previously served in GM, COO and CMO roles in several Fortune 50 companies, including IBM and GE. A certified career coach, she has an MBA from Harvard and is a nationally-recognized expert on the powerful relationship between physical fitness and career success, as well as an accomplished triathlete and multi-sport coach.

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