We are all forced to do it, whether we like it or not. Yes, I’m talking about Networking. Those dreaded events that you feel obliged to go to and those that you are forced to attend by your boss. I know I know we all feel the same but trust me, those events are actually very beneficial for yourself and for the company you work for.
Basically what I’m saying is, Networking is the key to success!!
Networking events both introduce you and connect you to the entrepreneurial industry. They give you the opportunity to meet people that you otherwise wouldn’t come across. Meaning that networking events are a great opportunity for you to connect with other individuals and add them to your contact lists.
As we all know in the business world out contacts are our most vital weapon and we would not become successful without them. Our connections and our contacts are usually those that help us out and give us the advice that we desperately need some times.
Having a well-established network is important and networking events practically hand this to us on a plate and for the most part…. FOR FREE!!
Trust me when I say that networking is a valuable use of your time. It helps you build relationships with people from many different backgrounds, ages, professions and fields of interests to name a few.
Another positive is that after attending a few of the events your face, you as a business person and perhaps even your business will start to become recognisable to those also networking. So in a way it’s sort of self-promoting too.
If you are only starting out in the business world networking events are a good way to get your foot in the door. The events may help you in your job search, they may help you achieve you career goals or it could teach you about a particular field of interest.
Don’t forget, networking can also give you the chance to relax and socialise for a few hours and it can always give you a break from your busy job and office.
For those who are less comfortable networking face to face LinkedIn is an excellent platform to link online. If you haven’t already created a LinkedIn profile, I strongly suggest you do now.
Networking events are all about mutual benefits.
“How can I offer my services and help another?” and “How can another help me?”
Finally, always remember to keep track and keep in touch with those people you have met through networking. You never know when you could need their help or advice in the future.
So go fourth and network my friends…. go fourth and network!