Having just come through what is possibly the most professionally social time of the year for most of us, it is interesting to consider the value of networking and how you generally feel about it. Some people are born to network. They are simply social beings that enjoy meeting new people and building new connections, and have no problems doing that in the context of their professional life. Others really dislike it and generally feel that it is an artificial situation where everyone has their own agenda.
Matthew Dickerson has written a great blog piece on the CRN website about networking and how it can be effective but doesn’t need to be contrived or awkward. There is no denying that networking is good for your business and professional success so it is important to understand how to network effectively. According to Matthew it seems that this doesn’t necessarily mean showing up to the ‘opening of an envelope’ and collecting as many business cards as possible at each event.
Read the full article to learn more about how to network effectively.