Business networking is never easy for many professionals. It takes planning, effort, and time to do it right. With only 24 hours from the time we get up here in New Jersey until the time we get up again, we can only do so much each day. But networking is very important for both an established business professional and for the individual looking for opportunity. We need people to learn from and in order to learn and grow no matter what stage our careers are currently in.
Power Networking with Carnegie Principles in mind really helps simplify the process. Because networking is a blend of engagement and relationship, listening to others and involving them in discussion go a long way in cultivating opportunities.
It is truly a numbers game; it is not what we know or who we know, it is who knows us and recommends us that is the secret sauce of power networking. Often, scheduling these events and gatherings makes sense with the use of a calendar. Put networking into our schedule and follow through. As Woody Allen once said, “80% of success is just showing up.”
When we are in conversation with another person, observe and remember two things: the name and what they do. If memory is a challenge, take a couple of notes and put those on the back of a business card.
As we head into 2014, professional relationships will continue to be needed and cultivated. No person is an island.
In How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie quotes John D. Rockefeller saying that “The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee, and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.”
It is important to note that success is a team sport. Joining in makes sense. Power Networking could make the difference.
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