The 'Networking' skill is more broad and more applicable to other areas than people realise. To be a good networker is to be confident in your own skin, knowing that you genuinely have something interesting to say and generating meaningful relationships from the conversations you have. As you learn to externally network, you will also be developing your ability to internally network which can lead to better relationships with your colleagues, clients and thus your boss. It's only onwards and upwards from there!
Formal networking is one of those marmite activities that, love it or hate it, can still inspire fear or apathy in varying degrees. It’s also something which definitely contributes to career success. The good news for lawyers is that many of the skills required for networking are those used to manage client relationships more generally. Here are eight tips which will help build competence and confidence, hopefully making networking a more enjoyable and rewarding experience.