A networking gaffe that weakens your reputation?
Have you heard this? “I don’t need to network”. What you’re really saying is that you will never be in need of the help of others.
Networking is just a fancy word for relationship building, in which business people and entrepreneurs meet, so what you’re basically saying that you are happy to live enclosed within the group you’ve created, you know all you need to know and have put up barriers to stop anyone else entering in. We rely on our networks to advise us and keep us on track, and we give back to our networks in return, the better your network the more knowledge you can tap into.
When you meet someone, you’re not meeting just them, you’re receiving an invitation to meet with their friends and contacts. While some connections are better suited to your sector than others, don’t write someone off because you don’t see immediate worth, these are the people that could introduce you to the person you really want to meet, these people have the key to introducing you to their valuable and trusted connections.
Think of networking as making friends on purpose, connect with someone first as a person, not as a potential client, don’t have a hidden agenda, no one likes to feel used. When you meet someone, just enjoy their company.
What sets great networkers apart from the serial networkers, is that they take a genuine interest in others. Don’t approach your new contact with the mindset “How can I get what I want?”. Your main intention is to create a connection, not to explain how he/she can help you but instead, attempt to find what are the areas you can help them in.
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“The very best communications still come from human conversations. By standing around and sharing a personal chat with somebody, you can develop a rapport, and lay the groundwork for even more fruitful conversations in future.” Richard Branson.
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