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Many scoff at networking, dismissing it as manipulative – using others to become more successful. Others believe networking is for the Donald Trumps of the world – those born into wealth and privilege who can use money and social clout to sway others to their will. Networking is neither of those.
More and more, networking and support groups are being setup in regional and rural areas as home based business and small business become more attractive.
How many times have you been to a business networking event and seen "those people." You know the ones I'm talking about - the...
Just because you network with hundreds of people each week doesn’t mean you’re a good networker. It really comes down to whether you’re doing it correctly. Are you building trust and creating meaningful relationships, or are you making people uncomfortable each time you open your mouth?
If you've ever attended a networking event and been introduced to someone who spends the next few minutes looking over your shoulder at who else he/she could be talking to, know that it could be worse. You could have Professor Himonya's undivided attention.
You should treat networking as an extension of your current marketing and business development efforts. Below are a few tips for making it as painless and productive as possible: