Daily Quote :
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks”. Mark Zukerberg-CEO Facebook
Do you feel overwhelmed with your job responsibilities? Are you keeping your head down and just trying to do your best? Are you forward and getting opportunities to add to your experience portfolio? Is hard for you to find the time to keep your contacts refreshed and up to date? If so I am here to tell you that you are taking a big risk because career development and security are not the responsibility of your boss or company. Don’t lament or make excuses about why you don’t have the time to manage your career because Kanesha Baynard, a Bay Area career development coach who works with job seekers and others, has coined a new approach for networking called SweatWorking. It is also a concept built on the need to find time to keep your network fresh and always expanding. It is an also unique strategy for job seekers trying to build their network in a new city. She suggests a proactive approach like finding an activity that you know the other person enjoys; for example a mutual contact tells you Bob loves to play tennis or run. “If you have been participating in a certain activity for awhile, you may want to think about joining Bob in a run or hitting the tennis ball around rather than having a cup of coffee. This concept is a takeoff on the “old boys network” of playing golf with clients or other professionals to increase your visibility and network.
Whether the goal is to land a new job, start a professional relationship or build rapport with a new business associate, exercise can serve as a great connector. She says in the recent article in Fast Company that it removes the barriers for connecting because “There’s no corporate armor on anymore,” and you are on more equitable footing with the other person
Maybe SweatWorking is the answer to your excuse and obstacles for building a strong and viable contact network—I don’t have time, I don’t like drinking and just socializing. Well here is a new way to “kill two birds with one stone” use your workout time not for solo activity but use it to build new connects.
Self Coaching Challenge: Next week identify a potential networking friend and invite them for a game of tennis or whatever. After the activity reflect on what you learned about the other person and how you can use SweatWorking to provide a different approach to keep your career moving forward.
Want to learn more read this article on SweatWorking in Fast Company