Many people think networking is the development of a system of personal and professional contacts that can be used to gain information and assistance only when needed. In reality, it is much more! Networking is a lifelong process that can enrich us professionally and personally in ways we never imagined. Networking expands our view of the world; helps us take risks and reach new levels of accomplishment; promotes “win-win” situations; and encourages bringing people together in ways that make 1 + 1 equal more than 2.
Networking provides the structure, support, skills, and strategies needed to bridge the gap between ideas and actions. It can turn strangers into friends and build a world full of people who will take our calls, give us their time, and answer our questions. Networking can be useful in helping us reach our chosen destinations, whether they be making a job change, working more effectively with customers and colleagues, or building our own business.
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Networking is a learned skill build upon the personal values and attitudes inherent in all of us. Networkers know the world is interconnected and that when they give their time, talents, and energy to help others to satisfy needs and reach goals, networkers ultimately end up helping themselves.
Your reputation is your calling card and your greatest asset. You build it by being your best and doing your best.
In today’s fast-paced, global economy, the ability to take charge, show initiative, make choices, and answer for one’s conduct are keys to leading a rewarding personal and professional life. Networkers understand that actions affect outcomes and have learned to deliver what they promise.
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Networkers understand the importance of becoming acquainted with people for who they are, not only for what they do. Establishing a sincere connection between any two people is the foundation of successful networking!
How masterful are you at developing professional and personal relationships? See how others are doing it.
Rapport is based on having an genuine interest in learning about others and their world. Taking the time to learn about the needs of others provides you with an understanding of the common ground shared by you and others.
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If you keep up on the world around you and current trends, others will seek you out as a knowledgeable resource. Networkers practice professional due diligence. They do their homework because the more they know, the better prepared they will be.
What do you do on a daily or weekly basis to increase your own value as a networking resource? You may want to check out some of these resources.
In the coming weeks, we will be providing a wide variety of networking best-practices for review and consideration. Here are a few:
- Consistently arrive early to and leave late from networking opportunities.
- Scan the sign-in sheet to learn who’s attending.
- Be careful to not spend too much time with any one individual or group.
- Always obtain a business card from people who interest you and write appropriate reminder notes on the back.
- Focus most of your time at networking events on meeting new people and spend limited time with people that you know well.
Barry Demp is a highly-skilled business and personal coach focused on the areas of leadership, management, coaching, team-building, networking, business development, communication skills, relationship building, motivation, time management, life balance, and goal achievement. He specializes in working with business owners, executives, coaches, consultants, and high-potential professionals by helping them significantly increase their productivity, profitability, and life balance. For more information or assistance, please contact Barry Demp at 248-740-3231 or visit www.dempcoaching.com.