Network With A Purpose

If you are not entirely comfortable at events that are solely networking in nature, you are not alone. With no formal agenda or mission (other than networking), the setting can be intimidating. Nevertheless, you still must network.

Here is a solution, try to attend gatherings that have more of a purpose.

Activities such as educational or cultural seminars, interactive classes and workshops have the benefit of providing intellectual content as well as purposeful networking among those with similar interests. Plus, in these situations you can use the program content as a great jumping off point for conversation.

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What To Give … What To Give?

An important rule of networking is give to others. This, often, then begs the question, What should I give?

What you give to your network can include business referrals, your own business and even a traditional gift. But it does not have to be limited to those items.

Introductions to others are of great value. Information can be priceless (even if it might seem useless to you). Often equally as valuable is your time … listening … being consultative … or just offering your encouragement. These are remembered long after the gift card is spent or that funky tie is no longer cute.

As we are reminded each and every holiday season, it is the thought that counts … and this holds true in the professional networking environment as well.

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Talk To Strangers!!!

If your mother was like any other, no doubt she continually warned you, “Don’t talk to strangers!”

That was great advice when you were just a kid. In your innocence, this message served to protect you from unspeakable dangers. Today, however, you operate in a more mature environment. While there is still unspeakable peril around, it is less of a threat in our adult life.

And we now know that not all strangers lurk in the shadows looking to do us harm. On the contrary, in the grown-up world, strangers have the potential to become good friends, long-term clients, and bridges to new experiences and other people.

So if you are looking to advance your networking efforts, seek out a stranger and talk to them. Shhh … dear old Mom will never know.

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