Getting back into the blogging scene for 2014 I must write something about the value of networking. We have been amazed at the success we are having here in China based on the same principles that helped us create and expand our businesses throughout New Zealand – building new networks. Networking sounds very strategic and on different levels it is and yet put it simply its all about getting off your backside, getting out there and meeting people.
Having been a member of BNI (Business Networking International) for a number of years I have no doubt that I can attribute the successful start of my business coaching and training company to networks created through BNI weekly meetings. Financial benefits aside, I have made lifelong friends through BNI, I have been introduced to businesses I never knew existed, I have been educated in so many different areas of business. Even here in China, we continue to receive referrals and assistance from our extended networks.
While networking as we know it is a new concept here in China, I remain a firm believer that no matter where you live, meeting people will be the foundation of your success in business. Here it has opened doors for employment, apartments to rent, health benefits and recently opened up a greatest opportunity of all to join Enjoy International as a partner to grow a global business. Networking to me is a life skill, rather than something you do only when you want something.
So if you want to grow your business and have greater success during 2014, have a look at your networks. Find people you are comfortable with and enjoy being around. You need to feel comfortable enough to recommend them and you want to be able to build reciprocal relationships with them. And don’t just follow the crowd, try different organizations, find groups that work best for you.
Finally, a couple of tips when networking
- Constantly work on your listening skills – master networkers look beyond the words.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions or clarify details – master networkers readily admit that they do not know everything, there is always more to learn and other people will have the information that you need.
- My favorite, NOBODY is a NOBODY – master networkers know that everyone is connected to other people, that everyone is a SOMEBODY!
And remember not everyone will like you … and that’s OK. Master networkers acknowledge it, accept it and move on – after all, there’s enough room in this world for everyone!
So, how will you grow your networks in the new year?
What is your strategy for success in 2014?
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