1. On the first party of Christmas Networking my true love gave to me . . . The Office Party Opp-or-tunity! Read more
Thanks to technology, new contacts are only a click away, but if you are starting up a new business or taking your business to the next level, developing actual contacts and new business leads can be the most daunting aspect of growing a business.
Many people seem to think that networking for their business is all about meeting lots of people. Do you seriously believe that barely getting to know loads of different people will mysteriously produce sales? Read more
What is networking?
I think in truth networking is building good quality relationships before you need them. It can be a brief conversation with someone you already know or a simple act of kindness.
People enjoy doing business with those that they know, trust and like. The only way to build that trust is to connect with others in a helpful way. True trust takes a time to build and nurture. Once you’ve developed a relationship and created a tie or connection, then you can move on to asking for help.
What does this mean in practice?
By going out and networking is one of the most effective way to succeed in business. But ask yourself before you join any networking group
what does success look like to you?
How much time are you prepared to invest in your success?
“I’m no good at networking or I don’t like going into a crowded room full of strangers” is something that we all often hear. If that’s how you feel, be encouraged – nobody was born with perfect networking skills. If others can learn, so can you!