As many of us know, networking is a powerful and effective way to create and nurture relationships, which can result in many benefits for your business.
By definition, networking is the process of meeting people, learning about their interests, and exchanging information. It can be done in person or online or varied other creative ways as we have discovered through Covid-19. Networking has been proven to be a valuable resource for business owners because it provides them with opportunities to build their professional networks. In addition, it can help you find new customers or clients, generate leads for your business, make connections with other businesses in your industry, and more.
Networking has been around for a long time and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s an important part of any entrepreneur’s life because it provides countless benefits to both the individual and their business. Even the connections that do not lead to direct hiring, sales or what you are specifically after, can benefit you in the long run. The connections and interest you make now could have extreme positive effects down the line.
How to Network?
Networking can be done in many ways but one of the most effective methods is attending events that are relevant to your business or industry. This will help you meet new people, learn about new opportunities and stay updated on what’s happening in your industry. However there are basic networking tips which can be followed by anyone.
Here are just a few:
-Keep your personal information private while communicating with someone on LinkedIn or any other social media platform for that matter. You should also get consent before sharing their information on public websites or any other platform
-You should not forget to thank people for their help, if they do share insights with you, always offer help in return
-Start acting like a professional by following every social media etiquette standards
– Always prepare yourself by researching the event beforehand and coming up with a 5-10 minute spiel about what you do.
– Focus on listening more than talking. Ask questions about the other person’s work or interests, get them to talk about themselves.
– Be genuine in your interactions with people who are not in your network – this is where connections happen!
-Most importantly… have fun! Meeting new people is exciting and there’s nothing better than building new connections with people whilst enjoying the time together.
Networking is about building relationships with people who can help you further your career. These may be potential employers, mentors, co-workers or partners in crime with complementary skillsets that can help you grow your business. The more connections you have, the better the chances are that one of them will have something to offer you. Some Networking events Freedom Works are supporting are linked on our events page, fantastic opportunities to meet others and expand your network… if you are interested in finding out more click Here