Networking and building relationships have been key to the growth of Gem PR & Media. Making time for networking is tough, I know, but it is important. I’m talking about making the best of your time, building relationships, and giving back. 

So here are my top tips when it comes to networking: 


  1. Join the committee or board of a non-profit
  2. Volunteer at a non-profit
  3. Join an association
  4. Join a networking group – in which you will be the only one representing your field
  5. Use your LinkedIn profile wisely -spend a few minutes every day updating your contacts, commenting on, sharing or posting content
  6. Attend open days or ribbon cuttings
  7. Offer yourself as a speaker
  8. Always make sure you have business cards on you – keep them in your car, house, or office
  9. Offer yourself as a commentator to various media outlets
  10. Hold an open house or coffee morning at your place of work
  11. Always follow up with someone once you’ve secured his or her business card

Make networking part of your everyday work life and I promise if you think of it this way it will become less of a burden and more of a pleasure.