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How to Network in A Way That Your Co-Workers Will Love

How to Network in A Way That Your Co-Workers Will Love
John Muscarello

A fellow employee would leave with a handful of Skittles, and soon, a crowd would be forming. Because who doesn’t love Skittles in the middle of a rough day?

Editor’s note to our readers: I’m sure you’re sensing a theme as this we roll into the summer. We’ve shifted from the “how-to” on obtaining your internship to “maximizing your experience.” Enjoy this article on creating networking opportunities while at work. Author: John Muscarello, Founder of Start Networking Today.


 

Want to know my secret? I brought in cookies and brownies for my co-workers. And guess what? Everyone loved them. Yet, until I’d actually done it, the fact had never occurred to me that having cookies, brownies, or even a candy dish on my desk could jumpstart conversation with my team.

Why does this work?

Having treats/sweets makes you a likable person! You’re the guy/girl who brought in treats. And what’s the number one trait you need to be a successful networker?

You must be likable.

I can’t tell you the number of fellow employees I’ve met–employees outside of my department and daily communication–simply by having a candy dish. (Yes, the once cookies and brownies has morphed into a candy dish.) Let’s be honest, though… Who doesn’t like a piece of candy when they are having a tough day? It’s almost cheating, really. They walk away with a handful of Skittles, and soon, there’s a crowd gathering.

And in case you needed any more convincing before I move forward…

Bringing Cookies To Work Created Conversations

  • Networking is all about creating conversations and building context and relationships with others. I often received 10+ emails per day from people thanking me for the cookies. They provided me an opportunity to talk with those co-workers whom I normally wouldn’t have had the chance to speak to.
  • People were stopping me in the hallway and asking where the restaurant is located, which only served as a great segway into finding out if they lived in the area.

Build context. Foster relationships. Networking 101.

Being able to do these things effectively, seemingly effortlessly, and with a touch of creativity, starting the conversation and being a likable are essential when it comes to building your professional network. In order to serve as a catalyst to your own network building, I invite you to…

Take One Of These Steps Tomorrow

  1. Bring in cookies or munchkins to work. Simply put them in the staff kitchen and send an all-staff email with your surprise.
  2. Buy some candy and keep a full candy dish on your desk.

Do you have something you keep you on your desk that jump-starts the conversation? Perhaps, you have a candy dish of your own.  What unique conversations have occurred because of your “candy dish?” Let me know in the comments below or hop on Twitter and tweet at me.


Networking
John Muscarello

John Muscarello is the founder of EndlessJobOffers a website that teaches professionals 25 and up how to build relationships with top performers, get jobs, and take their career to the next level.

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