Unfortunately, many people think that networking is shaking hands and passing out and collecting business cards at group functions. Their goal is to meet as many people as possible and exchange the most cards. The belief is: "The more people who know about me the better"! While the latter statement is somewhat true, it misses the point. Networking is not about telling people about you;
Networking in business is essential to make money. But does it really work? It all depends on how you define networking. One definition of networking is 'attending business functions and formal or informal meetings to gain potential clients.' Well, that's not really enough. It's only the first step. You need to do more that just turn up, announce who you are and what you do, and collect business cards.
Referral marketing is coming of age. Network marketing is a proven business and more and more people are looking into maybe one of the fastest growing segments in the world. Referral marketing, direct sales marketing and Multi Level Marketing as it is called is getting bigger and bigger each day. The sigma that it had in the past is going way. More and more people are looking deeper in this fast growing home base business opportunity.
If you are a business professional or an entrepreneur, the concept of using networking and relationships to expand & flourish your career is not a new concept for you. We are social creatures by nature; interdependency is the basis of the sophistication of our civilization. This interdependency in business has a simple name, "networking". It's hard to deny the fact that by networking with your existing business relationships, you can make just about any task simpler with just a call or email to your contacts.
In this article I explore 5 reasons to network. Networking can occur at social gatherings, a local event, convention, or gathering of peers. With today's online communities it also occurs on the Internet at the many Social Networking sites. These Social Networking sites are offering new and exciting opportunities but the reasons why we need to network remain the same.
Is networking a dirty word to you? Do you find the idea of "working a room" and pressing palms about as desirable as a bout of flu? If so then you need to reconsider the concept as networking can work manifold wonders for you and your career. If it helps we all feel awkward, shy and even frozen with fear when entering a room of total strangers. Yes, that means all of us and not just you and it's perfectly normal to feel intimidated.
I love the home cleaning industry; it is made up of the nicest people one could ever want to meet, work with, and become friends. In my unique position in the industry I have the opportunity to talk with many cleaning service owners, from across the United States and all over the world. On a typical day, I speak directly with no less than five to ten service owners.
Companies invest thousands of dollars each year in association dues and networking events (not to mention breakfast, lunch and dinner), yet even with these investments, many sales organizations fall short of the desired goal: Creating a network of qualified referral partners who 'get it.' This is a sophisticated term for business development and sales professionals who understand the key principles in building relationships - professionals who are centers of influence, create strong partnerships, and have great referral networks.
First impressions aren't everything, but they do count for a lot. This applies more than to just people and how you view them or how they view you, but also to other opportunities in life. When you walk into a room, perhaps to meet a friend of a friend, you see the person from across the room and as you get closer your opinion is already forming.
So many people that should be wealthy but the are not, and this is because most people join a business and get so excited at first and they might even sponsor one or two people but then they quit. This is a problem in this industry; could you imagine if you would of kept going for about 6 months, if you got 2 people in your first month then why stop?