The power of networking is huge especially to businesses. Not only passing of business cards, networking have shown immense benefit for people in the group. It can bring you sales, strategies and ideas, and some things you may not even know you will need. It should never make you feel uncomfortable. It should be something that comes natural as it is merely building relationships. Nurturing your business relationships by offering help to anyone who needs it is the best way to do this.
In this day and age, networking has become easier than ever. Social media platforms are excellent venues to jumpstart that first conversation. It can be a bit tricky though, as the use of technology may take out the human touch in building these relationships however there are few ways to make it more personal. Sending audio messages or inviting someone for a quick video chat can make the technical, more personal. Another effective way to network is to join groups or trade associations whether online or in-person. Finding like-minded people in your field or a related industry can help you gain connections that you can nurture in time.
In a recent from Construct Connect, they discuss building relationships with other businesses. They write, “While networking is something that you should always be doing it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It’s as simple as meeting new people and forming an initial bond with that person that can be nurtured into a relationship.”