The Type of People You Need In Your Professional Network

If you only surround yourself with people just like yourself, you’re doing this all wrong. We explain in this short video:

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Brian Clapp, Director of Content: As human beings we have a natural tendency to surround ourselves with people like us.

developing your professional network

Analyse your professional network and figure out if you have enough varying personalities that challenge one another

If you are a shy person you gravitate towards other shy people, an aggressive, over-the-top party-type usually  gravitates toward others of the same ilk. But when you look at your professional network, your group of contacts, influencers and important people, you need to make sure they are very different than you.

For example, you might not be one of those people that lives to connect others. You know the guy, the one who always knows somebody and wants to get you two together for lunch. Even if that isn’t you – you need this type of person in your network.

Let’s say you are a by-the-book person, you think linearly, step-by-step and a;ways stick to documented process – you need a big thinker in your network, someone who isn’t constrained by mental walls or process and is willing to think crazy different than you.

These people are going to challenge and get you out of your comfort zone.

Matter of fact, they are probably looking at you and saying, I need someone who is a little more structured, a little more organized, and you are going to fill a gap in their professional network. So as you look around and analyse your professional network, look at how they all fit, look at who you are and strive and challenge yourself to find some people that aren’t like you and will make you a better person and employee.

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.


  1. Janice Berg says:

    Great article! I agree that many different personalities can work to bring out the best in everyone. This is how great teams are built.

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