How to Avoid This Networking Mistake When You Travel

You know how important it is to stay social and build your network on the road. But sometimes, there is so much emphasis on connecting with colleagues and meeting new people that you can develop tunnel vision.

How so? Because it’s tempting to simply split your time with others into two categories—close connections and new contacts—thereby (unintentionally) ignoring anyone else.

In a professional context, it makes perfect sense: You divide your time between longstanding clients or donors and new people you’re hoping to pull into the fold. So it seems only natural that you would apply the same strategy to your off-hours, connecting with dear friends or the team member with whom you are traveling, or trying to meet someone completely new at a fitness class.

And to be clear, there is nothing fundamentally wrong with this approach. It’s great to steward your close relationships and build new ones. The only downside is the aforementioned tunnel vision: There’s a whole group of people you are overlooking. Somewhere between those you’re close with and those you’ve never met lies a group of people you know peripherally. Maybe you met someone at a conference a couple of years ago or fell out of touch since you met at your first job.

Don’t fall into the trap of overlooking this valuable part of your network. Read on for tips to connect with this distinct group.

See the rest of my latest Stiletto Dash post here.