the bringing together of like minded individuals who, through relationship building, become walking, talking advertisements for one another."
Networking is one the most important skills you can develop to help your business/objectives succeed. Business networking should be reciprocal, that is, expect to give something if you want to get something. Through the art of networking you can exchange resources, contacts, ideas, information, job and sales leads, strategies – all things that can lead to revenue.
"networking“ for women
Women employees/business owners should strive to make contacts across gender lines but it is especially important for women to network with other women because when it comes to work/business men and women generally think differently
Types of network
Old Students network
Old Employees network
Electrical network, a network of electrical components
Computer network, a network of computers
Computer networking, the scientific and engineering discipline concerned with this kind of network
Network model, a database model
Telecommunications network, a network of telecommunications links
Energy transmission and distribution networks
Why is Networking Important?
Quality relationships take time to build and get stronger over time. They cannot be maintained without regular communication.
People tend to feel most comfortable with others in their age group. Typically, a range of five to seven years on either side of a person's age creates an atmosphere of compatibility.
People who share common interests (religion, political affiliation, physical exercise, children of the same age) transcend most age barriers.
People are attracted to others who are most like them, or to those who offer unique perspectives.
People appreciate and remember when you show personal interest in them or others important in their lives (family, employees, charitable activities).
People do business with people they like, trust, confide in and feel comfortable around.
Beyond the Business Card
How To Find a Good Boss
Networking: Where to Cast Your Net
Resolutions for Your Career
The Four Most Common Networking Mistakes
The Right People Can Help You Find Your Calling
Tips to Take Networking Online
Two Words To Boost Your Career: Thank You
Why Structured Networking Works
Will Social Networking Get You a Job?
Win Friends and Expand Your Network
Beyond the Business Card
Networking with a goal in mind
Access & Exposure
Stay connected between meetings
Where to cast your net?
Revisit your past
Give something or get something
The four most common networking mistakes
This is not a party
Do your homework
Quality and not quantity
Why structured networking works
A little structure goes a long way-elevator pitch
The price you’ll pay
Attributes for effective networking
build a relationship
show them the interest
reciprocate when appropriate
participate in the network executive, functions, and network time
thank the person who gave a referral
Non traditional network platform for women
Shop in online discussion
Expert tips for fruitful networking
Prepare an “elevator” speech
Use your existing ties
Target trade groups
Show interest in others
Don’t be selfish
Maintain your network
Maintain Your Network
Consider yourself the "gardener"
Gardeners know strong growth requires constant care. Only through long-term commitment and vision will a beautiful garden flourish.
How to Keep the network viable
Make regular telephone calls to prospective clients.
Invite people to quarterly or semi-annual luncheons or holiday parties.
Send copies of firm newsletters with personal notes. Also send birthday and anniversary cards.
Plan annual meetings with clients to review satisfaction level.