Network Your Identity
As you are out and about networking, are you incorporating your identity into your networking plan? Are you meeting people and letting them know about you, where you are from and who you are about? How are you infusing your identity into your brand? How are you implementing your identity into your products and services? How are you relaying your identity into your conversations and core values?
Listed below are ways that you can combine your identity into your networking agenda?
As you are attending events and meeting people do not hesitate to inform them of your background. Whether humble or extravagant, let people know where you are from. Let them know how you grew up and the lessons you learned along the way. Incorporate mentors and role models who were able to give you direction and shape your identity. Talk about how you developed and grew into the person you are today. Also mention your education and previous careers.
DNA Make Up
Besides where you are physically, talk about your ethnic and cultural background. Do not hesitate to talk about race and ethnicity and how that has shaped your physical character. Include language and social commonalities that would be relevant to the dialogue. Also talk about your family and relatives to make the conversation more expansive. Explain how your relationships have shaped the way you communicate and connect with people socially and professionally.
Now that you have established an excellent platform to share your identity, talk about how you are using it in current projects and agendas. Converse about how you use your identity to shape your message, build your brand or design your products and services. Let others know how you use your identity as a touch point to differentiate yourself from competition or be an added value to your customers and clients.
I hope this advice will help you along the way of communicating who you are. Use these practical tips to enhance your networking agenda, build your networks and achieve your goals.