What is networking?

a. Networking is not only the exchange of information with others.
Networking is about establishing and cultivating long term mutually
beneficial relationships with people you meet.
b. Networking opportunities are all around you everyday, whether it’s
with your morning coffee barista or a colleague from work. Making
connections is important, always.
c. When you invest in your relationships, both professional and
personal, it can return the cost to you throughout the course of your
life.
d. Networking will help you develop and improve your skill set, meet
potential new partners, clients or mentors, and will help you establish
and maintain a reputation within the business environment.

 

Why networking is important:

Having a well-established network has become an important part of our
lives. The easiest way to expand your network is to build on the relationships with
people you know, and then further expand your circle. Networking helps you grow
as a person and helps your business develop faster.

1. To further develop and advance your career, you need to interact with
others.

a. The exchange of thoughts amongst people helps to generate
new and innovative ideas.
b. Meeting and discussing with new people gives you the
opportunity to grow your ideas.
c. Exchange of ideas helps to sustain long-term relationships and
instill mutual trust.

2. Knowing people, and being asked about your opinions and ideas helps
boost your self-esteem.

a. The more you network and the more people you meet and
discuss with the more you get out of your comfort zone.
b. Expanding your horizons, both personally and professionally,
generally helps in a person’s confidence. You will see yourself
more capable of any opportunity given your way.

3. When people start noticing you and you start to make connections,
doors of opportunities open for you.

a. Career-minded individuals that have networked over time
have been able to expand with minimal effort because of the
large amounts of opportunities provided for them through
networking.
b. Networking gives you opportunities to meet, clients, potential
partners, mentors, all of whom could help change your life.
These people are all resources to you and your business.
c. The more networking you do, the more resources you can
potentially obtain. Resources range from materialistic things to
people who may help you in things you didn’t even know you
needed.