‘’If you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.’’
This quote alone testifies the importance of joining hands with people because they are one who helps you go.
In short, it’s the Networking that fuels your business.
Before we talk about what is networking and how to network effectively, take a look at the benefits of networking –
● Helps you find better job opportunities.
● Accelerate your learning as you get to connect with successful people
● You become good with people and business is about people. If you can understand them, business has to automatically flourish.
So, how do you go about establishing connections?
Here are some tried and tested Networking tactics secure better connections for powerful networking –
1.Exploit the principle of reciprocity
People will want to help back those who helped them sometime. This principle applies to everyone and the same goes for networking as well.
Do not forget this.
Offer to take someone out for a coffee or a beer. Offer to write a blog for them for free ( in case you are trying to connect with a blogger). These small gestures can go a long way in helping you establish a long-term connection with them.
2. Be interesting
People long for a healthy, interesting conversation. Do not start another boring mundane talk with someone you see as a potential long-term connection. Do something on the side. Start a blog. A YouTube channel. Or some part-time endeavor. Be sure to bring something interesting to the table. Make sure every time you interact with people, it should add to their knowledge base. But, at the same time be sure to make it interesting. Keep yourself active on platforms like LinkedIn and Medium. This is one of the most valuable networking tips you can exploit.
3. Connect with People via LinkedIn
This is practically a goldmine for anyone who wants to make quality connections. It doesn’t matter whether you want to connect with people from your own domain or from any industry, you can connect with anyone. LinkedIn doesn’t put any limit on how many connections you have on this platform.
Of course, it is up to you whether you want to go with fewer but a quality connection or just more connection.
You can join online communities and groups or message people directly. You might have to subscribe to Linkedin’s premium service before you can communicate with people. But, it’s a small price to pay considering in return you will get priceless connections.
4. Drop-in to say Hellos occasionally
Perhaps you know someone who is on good terms with a company. Be sure to keep in regular touch with them. Drop an occasional hello every now and then. It’s important that you offer to meet up with them every once in a while to keep the relationship fresh. If those people are attending an event, be sure to accompany them.
Networking can be really fun provided you open yourself up to it. It doesn’t have to be a game only for the extroverts as most people believe it to be. As long as you have the right tricks up your sleeves, you should soon get the hang of how to network effectively.
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