People often join business networking groups for the wrong reasons. New business owners join in the hopes of getting their name out there. For others, it may be a knee-jerk reaction to business being slow. Selfishness will not work when it comes to networking. If you don't embrace the "you must give to get" philosophy, you won't succeed in a business networking group!
Simply embracing that philosophy is not enough, however. If you're part of a business networking group, there are a few additional things you need to know if you want to become a "power networker".
10 Steps to Becoming a Power Networker:
- Realize that it’s Net WORK - Power networkers WORK at it. They incorporate time into their busy schedules to think about who they know and how people in their network can help each other. They look for opportunities to share content and articles of interest to the people in their network. It takes WORK. I can assure you that a little bit of work will go a long way and will yield big results.
Effective networking isn't just the exchange of business cards and contact information. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes practice. It requires diligence. Remember... it's work!
By incorporating the 10 points outlined above, you'll soon be on your way to becoming a well respected, "Power Networker"!
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