Networking works, yet for some, it simply does not.
Reputations, integrity through your business community greatly influences your opportunity for success, so there is a little work to do once we decide we’re going to give this networking thing a go … most of us wish to be seen in the best light.
I wonder if he’s here either to develop the audience or simply the quick fix?
Sure you can have both, we’re all sales-people of one kind or another, right? Here’s where the engagement matters.
For the real benefits of business networking to become more apparent we simply need to be working on the fundamentals.
Today’s networking is full of those looking for instant success, it’s to be expected, the D.I.Y marketing opportunity is at everyone’s fingertips, the multitude of social platforms and more, we’re all driven to sign up, show and tell, the selly-sell.
Personally? I make my most important business decisions with those I know best, those whom I can engage, discuss in person over a decent coffee. OK, the cake also …
It’s choices, we all have choices.
Attending the network meeting day we choose to either ‘wing it’ for the instance order or ‘go with the flow.’ We’ve received the invitation to attend the appointment, meet with new people, potential colleagues, we choose whether to accept that appointment, we either embrace the structured environment for the long term plan of relationships and trust or simply take the meeting as a given opportunity (it’s that word again, opportunity) for a little incidental business.
It’s through our choosing how we engage, choices who we work with, how we treat others, the time that we give or do not, the follow-up and so much more, all of this contributes to how we are perceived.
Networking works for those who give time working on the opportunity. The opportunity to define the reputation.
Think about how you may be perceived? Hunter or farmer?