There are many approaches to networking and plenty of articles written about it. A google search whilst writing this blog identified 341,000,000 in 0.33 seconds – that should keep you busy for a little while.
Broadly speaking there are two camps when it comes to, particularly, online networking: collecting as many people as possible or, know the people you network with. I fall firmly into the latter.
Right now I have 388 connections on LinkedIn. Fifteen minutes ago I had 445. Although I spend a good amount of time trying to maintain the relationships I have developed I looked through my connections and found that I had 57 in there where I couldn’t remember what they did or why I was connected to them. If I cannot remember what they do, what is the chance that I am going to introduce them to other people I meet?
What does this mean to me? I have roughly 15% more time to maintain the relationships I have built up on LinkedIn, further improving the quality of them
What does it mean to the 57? Absolutely nothing at a guess, as they don’t seem to be worried about maintaining the relationship either or they would have been in contact recently and I would know what they did.
What’s my point? Simple, invest your time in developing your network and ensuring it is mutually beneficial. If there is “dead wood” in your connections, a little light pruning is a good thing