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My fellow Asian 🐠 how have you gone about building your network? I often find that because we’re taught in our culture not to “burden” people or ask for help, it’s hard to network for the sake of career advancement. Any tips on how to network and build connections organically?

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I’m a people person and have no shame in reaching out to meet with someone to connect over coffee, meal, bubble tea, etc. I’m where I am because of my friends and industry connects.

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It's hard to do it organically nowadays unless you get an opportunity to meet people through working on projects and internal initiatives. I have been fortunate to be connected with right leaders who introduced me and pulled me into initiatives that I met many people from. When you do have these chances, take advantage - build relationships with those you connect with whether professionally or more on a personal level. Show you are a rockstar and they will naturally throw your name out there, connect you with next opportunities. If you do get exposed to areas of interest, be proactive and reach out.

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I find out the names of people I’m interested in talking to and write them an email letting them know that I’m interested in talking with them for xyz reasons, and that I have abc to offer. And politely ask for 30 minutes on their calendar. And then when I get that conversation, I am my friendly self, share my personal and professional story and my personality. It works! You may not feel it’s organic but when you are real, a nice person, and thinking about the value you can bring to other people, that will get you far

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But… we’re asian Americans… so don’t we have both East and west cultures? Lol at least I do. Take the bests parts of either cultures. 😃 So no, I didn’t have that problem. Cause I don’t burden ppl in the quality of my work and significance of my contribution, but I network because I know it’s a help me help you /barter situation. You got to be clear about these things and not mush things together. It won’t do you any good! 🥰

You just have to overcome the cultural stigma and go for it. Business professionals who have been in the game know when you reach out that you either genuinely want to connect (ie, learn more about their story), or want something (ie, a job or selling them a product/ service). 99% of the time it’s the latter and they know this; be personable, relatable and differentiate your introduction from everyone else.

Networking isn't always about "getting". Sometimes GIVING can help you network too. Great at throwing company events? Offer to lead an event. Thought leadership? Offer to write something your practice. Like mentoring others? Put together a group of individuals to mentor. Expert on a subject? Offer your insights

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