How many networking events do you go to a week? How many are you invited to? The answer is probably more than you can keep up with. With the advent of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, the amount of networking opportunities is amazing! Social media has given us all the opportunity to meet people that can aide us in our business or job search.
It’s all about connections in this business environment. Whether you are looking for a new job or more business, these networking groups can be the most valuable asset to advance your career.
We are in an age of collaboration, where we have an opportunity to connect with people with whom we can mutually benefit from one another to build alliances and widen our database. It is not enough to ask what we want for ourselves rather we should be asking what we can do for others.
Choose your networking groups wisely by spending time with groups that have a comfortable setting with a cross-section of people. Everyone has a story to tell, so make sure you are listening and spending time with those that know the value of sharing information.
Make sure you have a clear message of who you are and what value you can offer someone. Keep it simple. Make connections and follow up in a timely fashion. It is wise to pick a few contacts at each of these events and to spend time getting to know your new contacts.
Networking is not a choice now in this economy it’s a necessity!
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