Networking? I Don't Know What to Say!

Networking? I Don’t Know What to Say! | No BS Job Search Advice

Alex Freund is a New Jersey-based career coach. He posted a message in his feed on LinkedIn and invited a number of us to comment.

He wrote, ” Often, when I prod my clients to do more networking they say, “but I don’t know what to say”. While this for me comes naturally I can appreciate that introverts have some challenges. For those, here is a list of topics to ease into a networking conversation: career progression opportunities, ask about company culture, their management and organization, how about their learning and development programs, employees’ job satisfaction,  any innovation and technology, diversity, and inclusion, life balance, and wellbeing, change or stability and I can go on and on. Remember that you can practice such topics initially with friends and family members. If you feel comfortable only then expand such with your network. “

I thought many of his recommendations as being related to informational interviews.

Thus, I replied:

What you offered were questions I associate with informational interviewing, rather than networking because they don’t sound like relationship-building questions. They sound like the questions that can be asked when someone is trying to find out about an organization. I’ll defer to two interviews I did with Michelle Tillis Lederman, CSP, SCC, Leadership Speaker Lederman and Kelly Hoey – Networking Expert 📖🎙🚕🐧🏡📚


Alex’s advice will be helpful to many of you. So will mine.

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