How big is your network? Do you actively look to expand your network and make better connections? It’s so important to surround yourself with the type of people who pull you up, not down. If you’re feeling burnt out, overworked, under paid, under valued, and just plain uninspired it’s time to get networking and flip the script! How does networking help with this? Have you ever heard someone you greatly look up to, a successful leader, say that they could never be where they are without the team of people behind them and all of the mentors that guided the way for them? Networking is a must in business, and really, in life in general. If you’re looking to climb the ladder, switch careers, run a business, or find your tribe (#girlsnight), you have to get comfortable with networking! The good news is there are so many amazing online communities you can be a part of where you can digitally network anytime! Want to really see the power of networking in your life? Attend a networking event once a month, strike up conversations online as often as possible, and try to schedule a FaceTime or phone call once a week with someone new. Find trailblazers in your industry and ask them how they got to where they are. Find people who aren’t in your industry at all and gain outside perspective. Don’t be afraid to ask people the questions you want answered and always always always be open to share your area of expertise with others! You can be both a mentee and a mentor. Networking is a two way street. Ask what you can do for others and what they are needing help with- see if there’s some kind of knowledge exchange you can offer. Sure, you can get another degree or shift through hours of online webinars but you know what else might help that problem you’re looking to solve?- Hearing and learning from someone who’s been there before! Sometimes the abbreviated version is best! (Talk about saving time & money). Here’s to networking!