Outplacement firms usually state an executive level role will take between 200-250 networking meetings. I know… holy ____________ (insert your favorite term).
If you work a plan of networking, you will find that you will hit 100 networking meetings before you know it. I hit 200 meetings in just over six months, but it all started in Week #1. My week #1: I met five people. Each of my contacts gave me three names on average. So in five days, I generated twenty potential meetings.
You can see where this is going. 3 X 20. That’s 60. Of course, not every contact you get works out (see Expectation #5), but you’ll fill your calendar quickly. Your biggest challenge will be managing getting the right type of meetings (See “Working your way up the food chain – dividing your time”)
Expectation setting #1: Getting the ‘numbers’ of networking meetings will happen faster than you think.