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Networking 101

Networking 101

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Networking is a great way to catapult your business in a short time, if you know how to do it right. You can find customers, business partners, mentors and more. The key is how to find people and communicating with them correctly. Here are just a few tips for how to network effectively to make yourself more successful.

 

Be friendly.

If you’re at a business conference, you’re not going to able to network by being rude, or sulking in the corner like a loner. The same goes online. You need to be friendly and pleasant to everyone. Do ask about business, but that doesn’t mean forgetting to ask about their family and how things are going with them.

 

Give and take.

Nothing is more annoying that someone who shows up at a seminar or on a message board, introduces, and immediately starts hounding people for help. Sure, when you get started, you’re going to need a lot of help, but that doesn’t mean you need to ask someone to walk you through it and not do any work. And if you want someone to help you, you need to be willing to help them in return.

 

Keep it up.

Meeting people is great, but in order to be a successful networker, you need to keep the relationships going. It may be by contacting them about a business deal, or just giving them a call or sending an email to see how they’re doing. Networking is a continuing process, not a one-time thing.

 

So now that you have some great tips on networking, where do you go to get started? The easiest way to network is online. There are hundreds of ways to meet people and maintain positive working relationships from across the country or even across the world. You just have to learn how to use all the technology available to you.

 

If you can find quality websites based on the type of business you’re doing, they probably have message boards or chat rooms. This is a great way to network with a lot of people at one time that you know are interested in the same types of business as you are.

 

Social networking sites are a great way to meet people and stay in touch online. The problem with these sites is that they can also easily turn off customers and potential business partners. You need to be careful what you post on your pages and how it makes you look. If you’re serious about your business, try more business-based networks like Linkedln instead of social-based ones like MySpace.

 

Blogging is another great way to maintain online relationships without having to spend a large amount of time communicating with each person individually. Blogging is a quick and easy way to keep people updated on what’s going on with you and your business. And you can read and comment on others blogs to keep up with them.

 

While the Internet provides an unlimited number of networking possibilities, remember that face-to-face networking is still essential. This is generally done the old fashioned way, at seminars, conferences, and other face-to-face business activities.

 

After a conference, it’s a good idea to follow up with online networking. Be sure to send follow-up emails to the contacts you made, telling them how great it was to meet them. Try bringing up ideas that came up during conversations and suggesting ways to follow up on them. And be sure to add them as contacts on social networking sites.

 

Here’s to your Success!

Jerry D Ross

 

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Virtual Networking 101

Virtual NetworkingVirtual Networking 101

 

It’s been said that “no man is an island” – this couldn’t be more true when it comes to working online. Particularly when you’re working from home; it’s very easy to get into a “lone worker” mentality. Avoid this by using our networking tips to help you expand your network.

 

#1 – Build a support system.

Find others in your field or work and build up a support system. These people will not only understand your business but they’ll also be able to support you in a number of ways, such as sending new business referrals your way or recommending a great service provider. Of course, you’ll also want to help them in return.

 

But more importantly, a great support system is just that – support. Your support network will be able to understand the unique issues and dilemmas of your business and may be able to offer advice and a helping hand whenever needed.

 

You can build your support network by joining like-minded mastermind groups or finding local events in your area. A quick search on the internet or asking other colleagues should give you several options.

 

#2 – Go to seminars and events.

Especially if you’re working from home you may think that going to a seminar is too difficult or perhaps not worth it. But it’s been said that many great business relationships (and friendships) have been formed at these events.

 

If a large seminar seems daunting, start with a smaller-scale event. You may even be able to find one locally rather than having to fly out to a different area. And keep in mind that no one expects anything from you at these events; you can participate as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. Having said that, this is a great time to network and make new business relationships.

 

#3 – Network online.

If you can’t make it to an event or want to find a good networking option in between events, online forums can be a great tool. Visit several and read through the posts before deciding on where you want to spend your time. Forums can be time consuming so you’ll want to choose wisely.

 

A good forum will have members who are courteous and genuinely interested in helping each other and building support networks. Do your part by contributing where you can as well. And do take your time to familiarize yourself with the forum rules and etiquette before joining in – this will help you avoid potentially embarrassing situations.

 

Ask around for recommendations from people you trust. If you can’t come up with recommendations, then a simple online search should bring up several results. Do your homework and go with the one you feel most comfortable with.

 

#4 – Join a mastermind group.

A mastermind group is a like-minded group of people who come together to help and support each other. Many great businesses have been built on the mastermind concept. Although these groups will usually cost a certain amount to join, you may make the initial investment back several times over.

 

However, not all mastermind groups are created equal. You’ll want to find a group that will offer support in a positive manner. A good aim is a group of different abilities, including some entrepreneurs whom are more successful than you are – this will ensure that you’re getting great advice from people who have “been there and done that.”

 

Above all, no matter which networking option you choose, it should make you feel good and ultimately help your business. And remember, give back wherever you can as well.

 

Here’s to your Success!

Jerry D Ross

 

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