How to overcome your networking fears

Networking can feel intimidating for even the bravest professionals. But in 2023, there are plenty of new, creative ways to build your network and create a community.

20 February 2023

Few people working in the creative industries respond enthusiastically when they hear the term ‘networking’. Maybe they think it feels like a buzzword not very conducive to natural conversation. Maybe they think it sounds corporate, or maybe they’ve had experiences where they felt excluded from certain groups of people and places. But what if we put aside the verb ‘to network’ and focused on the noun instead; let’s think about what a network actually is. Who is in this network, and why have one?

This week, we’re revisiting a guide on networking. We explore how to identify and understand the network you already have, how to nurture it, how to grow it and how to contribute to other people’s working lives in the process. In this sense, we might reimagine our individual networks as one big community. 

Click here to revisit how to cultivate your own network on the If You Could Jobs Journal.

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Liz Gorny

Liz (she/they) joined It’s Nice That as news writer in December 2021. In January 2023, they became associate editor, predominantly working on partnership projects and contributing long-form pieces to It’s Nice That. Contact them about potential partnerships or story leads.

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