Why I Value Connecting Over Networking

You’ve heard it all before - networking is the most important skill you can have in your quest for success. The saying “it’s all about who you know, not what you know” may also come to mind. 

At networking events, you’ll always find a sea of professionals armed with business cards, resumes, and work portfolios, hungry for job opportunities. After all, the person standing to your left or right could open a world of opportunities for you if a conversation starts.

Every person you meet in your field is a potential contact. While it is important to grow your network list, I think we sometimes lose sight of what it really means to be a contact. 

I value connecting over networking.

 Some of you may think these words can be used interchangeably, but I beg to differ. When you truly connect with other professionals, you are able to establish something much greater than a network: a community. 

For right-brained professionals like myself, communities are the best thing since sliced bread. These communities offer genuine support and personalized guidance. Connections are lost when we begin to look at people as only a door to opportunity, rather than a human to connect with. 

I urge you to keep in touch with your connections. Put time and effort into building a strong community of professionals you admire and those who admire you, too. 

I am very happy to connect with you and have you as a part of my community. 

Kayla Hollatz