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2015 The Year Of The Networker

Posted by | January 13, 2015 | Advice, Career

Via LinkedIn : 2015 is the year of the sheep or the goat according to the Chinese zodiac. It is supposed to be a year of tranquility, peace and good will. Sounds like the year the sheeple all get together and do something good, doesn’t it? I think therefore it will now be called “2015 The Year Of The Networker!” (It sounds better by the way, when you play Star Wars theme music in the background as you say it.)

Every year is a great year for networking but right now it is likely critical. The price of oil is dropping and lay-offs are going on. It is said in some financial circles that 2016 is going to bring another economic crash. So there is no time like the present to build solid and lasting relationships to help weather the storms whether they happen at that time or not.

Networking is always a smart idea. There is nothing like a long list of great relationships to keep the cash flow rolling in. When times get tight nobody wants to stop doing business with a trusted friend. They may scrape off some extras from their plate but you have become the meat and potatoes that they cannot do without.

5 Good Networking Tips

So now is the time to get out in the community and do some networking. Here are a few tips to help you:

  1. Join a weekly networking club where the people can get to know you well. They will become your sales force as they understand more about what you do.
  2. Be serious about your networking. It is worth tens of thousands of dollars a year when it is done right, so get committed and stick with it.
  3. Show up early and stay late. The better conversations usually happen before and after the main event. Don’t miss the best part.
  4. Wherever you are networking always book at least one meeting on the spot. Why just take home cards? They are there right now to network, so get out your calendar and book it.
  5. Utilize your social media to go with your face-to-face networking. Add them on LinkedIn or Facebook if it is appropriate. Send them a quick thank you by email. Use your tools.

And one more tip for free.

Networking works. If it isn’t working for you then it is likely you. Work on your own commitment to the process and work on your personality. It is the only missing factor. You may not like to hear that, but the reality is that other people are making a lot of money at networking. So it stands to reason that if you are not, the problem may lie with you. It could be that you somehow are not coming across well, or that you are lacking skills, or that your personality is a bit abrasive. The good news is, if you are willing to face that fact, it is something that lies within your control. You are the only thing that you can change. Get a coach and ask for some honest help.

Now it is your turn. What are your networking tips for the rest of us?

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