Featured Productivity Tool: Networking Goals

I know what you are thinking: Networking is a tool? Yes, it is. You see, you can't reach your goals on your own. You need your community of resources, champions, and connections. Your friends may not always be your ideal reader or client. But everyone has their own circle. Your community grows multi-fold every time you grow your community. 

The challenge with networking is it takes time and energy. The best way to stay on top of networking is to set networking goals.

Here Are Networking Goals You Can Set Each Day, Week, Month, Quarter, and Year

1. Each Day: Set a 15-Minute Active Networking Appointment. During this time:
- Connect on LinkedIn with new friends
- Send an email or message to check in on a friend or peer   
- Post, comment, and reply on social media

2. Each Week: Attend 3 Events 
- One mixer
- One education event (Workshop or CE)
- One one-on-one with someone you met at one of the first two events to continue the conversation

3. Each Month: Create New Content
- Post on your blog. Ideally, you want to do this at least once a week, but better to aim for something feasible and achieve that goal
- Guest on Someone Else's Platform. It could be a blog guest post or interview, live show, or podcast 

4. Each Quarter: Refresh Your Online Presence
- Make sure your website bio and LinkedIn profile are up-to-date
- Make sure your profile photo still looks like you
- Bonus points for updating your banner image

5. Each Year: Attend at least one Live or Virtual Industry Conference
- It's one of the best ways to make new connections, solidify relationships, and learn new things in your area of expertise

Final Thoughts 

Until you prioritize networking - and focus on making real general connections - you never know what good will come of it!

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For more inspiration and motivation, follow @TheDEBMethod on Twitter and Linkedin! 

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What's your best networking tip? Please share in the comments. 

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Debra Eckerling is the award-winning author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals and founder of the D*E*B METHOD, which is her system for goal-setting simplified. A goal-strategist, corporate consultant, and project catalyst, Debra offers personal and professional planning, event strategy, and team building for individuals, businesses, and teams. She is also the author of Write On Blogging and Purple Pencil Adventures; founder of Write On Online; Vice President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women's National Book Association; host of the #GoalChat Twitter Chat, #GoalChatLive on Facebook and LinkedIn, and The DEB Show podcast. She speaks on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.


Karen Cioffi said...

Debra, networking is such a useful tool for writers and one that most of us don't think about. Thanks for the detailed steps on how to make it a part of our marketing toolkit! I never thought about updating my banner image.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Whew! I do a lot but I see how much I could add to my own toolkit! Hugs.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks for your comment, Karen! I've gotten most of my work through networking. You never know where - or from whom - you will get that next lead! - Deb

Debra Eckerling said...

Remember, Carolyn, we connected on Twitter way before we met - not even on purpose - at Amy Ferris' book event! And I write for this blog because of you. We are a great example of the power of networking. Hugs back, Deb

Terry Whalin said...


What a great article giving us a specific game plan and goals for networking. You are exactly right from my experience--who you know is as important as what you know. Networking has been a key part of my writing journey--and one of the reasons I have over 19,000 connections on LinkedIN. Keep up the great work,


Debra Eckerling said...

Thank you, Terry! Yay for Networking!

Linda Wilson said...

Debra, your article is very helpful for me as I continue to struggle with getting the word out about my books. Thank you!

Debra Eckerling said...

You are so welcome, Linda! Good luck!

deborah lyn said...

Thank you Debra for breaking down networking goals by week, month, quarter and year. It's most workable. Prioritizing networking as you suggest, focusing on new and solidifying connections takes us forward. And we learn new things through the journey. Great helps, Debra! Thanks.

Debra Eckerling said...

You are so welcome, Deborah. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

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