“Giving, contributing to and supporting others without keeping score” – Watson
From a business perspective networking can be extremely powerful. If you meet the right person it can have a huge impact on the growth and development of your business. Networking is all about making connections with the right people and building mutually beneficial relationships – we all know that, right?
The misconception about networking is that it is a game and a quick transaction between two people. Networking however, should be about knowing that what you can achieve with others is better than what you can do alone.
There are no short cuts to building sustainable relationships with others. You have to build rapport, trust and commitment, much like any other relationship.
It is easy to engage in your own private pre-screening process and to decide exactly who you want to talk to before even getting to an event. One thing that you must realise is that you need be open to talking to anyone and everyone. You never know who you may end up talking to.
Reciprocity is also very important. You need to think about what you can offer someone. Is it advice, contacts, a business partnership or something else? There needs to be a balance of accepting support, favours, information and making sure you can contribute in equal measure.
Be prepared to talk, listen and put the time in when networking. This will give you the best chance of reaping the rewards that we all know networking can offer.
Watch out for our next blog which will be coming out in the next few weeks.
Beta Futures is excited to announce that we will be hosting our very own networking event in September 2015 to launch our brand new “Master Classes” in conjunction with Mike Monk, Founder of Monk Marketing.
Courses that will be available include:
- Sales & Marketing
- Franchising Your Business
- Getting the Most Out of Networking
If you are interested in attending our launch and wish to learn more about Beta Futures’ Master Classes drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.