DAY 13: The Name of the Game is Networking
Throughout your life, one of the measurements of your success will be in how you connect with other people. In order to grow your network, you have to meet new people. No rocket science involved.
Recruiting, building, enhancing, and maintaining relationships are so very important in college.
Some say about people skills, “You either have it, or you don’t…” Frankly, that’s horse sh*t.
We don’t buy that, and neither should you. Because we’re Legends, right?
It is much easier than you think, and with very little practice, you can master the art of networking.
Your mission: meet 3 new people today.
Steps moving forward: set aside at least one day a week to repeat this effort.
Several places to look:
Couldn’t be an easier spot to meet people. People just show up to class, it’s crazy. They literally have to come and site either next to you or in close proximity. Or even better, you get put in a group! Spark up a conversation. You already have at least one thing in common, you’re both in the same class, so if nothing else ask them about homework, lectures, or the professor’s unassuming but profound gut.
DON’T FORGET, THEY COUNT TOO: Day 11: How to Win Over Your Professors
I’ll say it once, and many times again, the gym is not a place to pick up women (totally frowned upon, just ask The Lady in Red). With that being said, you can still find ways to meet like-minded individuals (and potentially find a new workout buddy!). Join a pick-up game, ask someone for a spot, or show up for a fitness class (yoga if you can find one, because yoga pants).
SEE ALSO: Gym Etiquette for Champions
Co-workers are much easier to deal with if you know them on a personal level. Now, there are obvious reasons not to act all buddy-buddy with your boss (if you don’t know why, ask in the comments below), but your peers can greatly enhance your experience in the office. Not to mention, you want people saying good things about you behind your back. They can’t do that if they don’t know you.
The Local Hangout
Ah, yes — whether it’s your favorite watering hole, coffee shop, eatery, etc., the patrons are fair game for everyone. Servers, baristas, and/or bartenders are usually pretty easy to befriend, especially if you’re a regular. And don’t forget about the clientele, work on your conversation openers (if you need some help, ask in the comments below), and engage the crowd.
Don’t be shy now, go out and make some friends.
Over the next month, be on the lookout for your new challenge every day — you can also follow the updated series of posts here.
Also, be sure to print out and hang up your Challenge Checklist so you can keep track. You’ll get a sneak peak at what’s to come, but can get further details with the post associated with each day.
Remember, legends are constantly improving themselves, so it’s up to you to work hard in accomplishing each daily task to help you become the legend on your campus.
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Where’s your go-to place to meet new people? What’s your approach? We want to hear about it. Please keep us updated on your efforts in the comments below!