So, what is good networking? Most of my clients are a bit put off by the idea of networking… going out there and selling ones self. After all, doesn’t this mean attending useless meeting with people you don’t really want to speak to and having to listen to those people go on about some drivel of absolutely no interest to you?
Well, it that’s your networking experience, then, yes, it was a painful waste of time. And anyone who suggests this will help you in some way is a bit off base.
Networking isn’t about going out and begging strangers for a job.
Networking is sharing. Sharing means giving and taking. Good networking means you’re helping people as much as they are helping you. Often, the challenge is that physicians mistakenly believe that outside of clinical or medical knowledge and advice, they have little to offer others. That’s not true. Your daily interactions with staff, patients, administrators and colleagues all go to a wealth or practical knowledge that is the driver of most nonclinical jobs. That right, it’s not the MBA or the JD that drives quality decision making, but rather real life experience, solving problems, managing complex issues, seeking answers… helping others be better. And aren’t all those qualities integral to the good practice of medicine? I think so, too.
So, when it comes to good networking these are the critical factors for success – learning to be good at sharing:
This is neither an exhaustive nor a comprehensive look at networking, but rather a set of truisms and axioms that come from experience. There will always be more to learn and say, and additional articles are on my web, www.thirdevo.com and other blogs and publications I write for.