Joining a running group is a great way to build your network

By Kathy Mukhopadhyay

When I think about networking I think about people standing around awkwardly (ok, I'm the only one being awkward, everyone else is relaxed and at ease) wearing "Hello, my name is..." tags schmoozing and trying desperately to move their careers forward.  I believe that this is a circle of hell that even Dante couldn't imagine.  

One day my view on networking was shattered by someone who said that networking was just creating and nurturing friendships.  Mind blown.  This was something that I did often, and even enjoyed and sought out.  Earlier this year I was laid off from my job of 12 years and I started to really focus on my network in LinkedIn and think about how I could leverage it to become employed again.  This is when I started to realize what an asset the Salt Lake City Galloway Training Group was in building my network outside of the company where I was employed.

Here are the reasons that joining a running group is a great way to build your network.

  • Running long distances allow for long conversations where you really get to know people beyond a superficial level
  • People who train for marathons or half marathons are goal oriented people who are driven to achieve.  How could you ask for better people to allow into your life?
  • When you suffer together you get to know how people deal with adversity, once you know this, you can confidently recommend someone for a new opportunity.
  • You meet people from many different industries.  While traditional networking usually focuses on people in your field, there are advantages to building a network in other areas.  Our group has representation form software development, banking, health care and many other fields.

Now that you think of networking as building friendships, don't you want to join us for a run?

These runners were strangers before training for a half marathon.

These runners were strangers before training for a half marathon.