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6 Ways You Can Become a Better Networker

Having good networking skills has become more and more important over the years. Whether you’re planning to start a business in Singapore or you work at a well-established company, you’ll need to network and get to know a lot of people to improve your career opportunities.

Practice with those you already know

If you don’t have a general idea of where to start, practice speaking to people you already know. This is a great way to get used to networking since you already have an established connection with the other person and you can easily strike up a conversation. It can be a friend whom you haven’t been talking to for a while or maybe a co-worker that you still don’t know very well.

Study and research

More than anything, it’s also very important to do your research. By knowing more about the people you’re trying to connect with, you can at least be confident that you know a thing or two about them. Most of the time, this can actually impress the other person and it can communicate that you’re really interested in getting in touch with them. 

Remember to keep in touch

Probably the most important thing to do in networking is to establish a long and genuine connection. Take time to get to know the person and allow them to get to know you better too. Keep in touch whenever possible! The more you do it, the more likely your interactions will be better in the future. Of course, you shouldn’t do this too much that you’ll already look like a creep.

Value your business card

Firstly, make your business card memorable. Though it’s a small and simple object, it will help you in almost any networking situation. On that note, don’t go handing out your business card to everybody in the room. There’s always that one person who does that. And many people see the act as impolite. What you should do, really, is to hand your card if the other asks for it or after your conversation.

Utilize whatever resources you can

Today, it’s become very easy to network because of the internet and social media. It only makes sense that you take advantage of it as much as you can. But remember that social media is something that should only supplement your face-to-face meetings and not completely replace them. It’s still better and easier to network with others if you interact with them personally.

Remember the value of exchange

Lastly, you should take note of the importance of having a healthy exchange. One of the easiest ways to start a connection is to share your stories and listen to theirs. You’ll have something to learn from them and they will have something to learn from you. This is almost always the reason why you can effectively make a connection with someone.

4 Tips on How to Read More Books

We read books to learn, to be inspired, to entertain ourselves, and for many other reasons. Books not only contain knowledge but they also give us the opportunity to spend time in a whole different world while.

That’s why it’s not exactly a surprise that there are some people who can read over a hundred books a year. If you decided to take the challenge and at least read more books within the year, here are some tips should take note of.

Make reading part of your daily schedule

Let’s get this straight; you will always be able to make time to read. For example, if you spend most of your evening mindlessly scrolling on your phone, you can actually use that time to read a book. Or, if you wake up early, you can read a few pages while drinking your kopi and eating some kaya toast.

When you’re just starting out though, don’t immediately clear out an hour from your daily schedule just to read. Do it for 20 minutes first, then 30, then so on. This is so that you don’t suddenly destroy your schedule each day.

Learn how and when to speed read

There are actually a lot of ways to speed read. There are also lots of tutorials on the internet! Now, one speed reading strategy may work for one person and not work for another. There are also some books that are hard enough to understand if you’re reading at a normal pace, how much more if you speed read. Learning how to speed read can be a good investment, but you have to also use it strategically.

Read in those spare moments

Aside from your schedule reading time, you should also read during your spare moments. For example, standing in line at a hawker stall, sitting in the MRT for your daily commute, waiting for a sibling to finish classes.

These are all great times to read a book because your mind is not preoccupied with other tasks. It’s also a great way to kill boredom! Even though you only get a few minutes of these spare moments, they will actually add up and you’ll actually read more than you expect.

Reading with your phone

Reading with a smartphone has its pros and cons. With a smartphone, you essentially have a whole library in your hands! Plus, it’s very easy to read from your phone during commutes or times when you can’t hold bigger items like books.

The disadvantage, though, is that you can get distracted pretty easily. We play games and go around different social media platforms on our phones. If you’re still not used to reading, you may just end up on Twitter or Facebook rather than read what you planned to read.