When I started my network trip, I took part in all possible network events within the time allowed. Every event was a fair game! Nowadays, I am much more strategic in my networking endeavors. I realized which events and organizations gave me the best return on my time investing and how to be an effective, caring network builder.

In order to know where to start, you first need to understand what networking is and why business growth is important. Networking in the purest form is simply a conversation with people, establishing relationships, and building relationships to increase the sphere of influence. Business networking is essentially the same, with the exception that our primary goal in business networks is to help grow our business. For most people, building a network means meeting people with whom we can conduct business, or who are doing business with us, or people who are doing business with us, our ultimate goal.

In fact, some of the best networks are those who own and run their own business. When creating valuable network connections, they build on the foundations of mutual trust, sharing knowledge, experience and resources to help each other grow in their business or with one another or through direct business relationships.

This is how it works: If you do a good job, you can tell three or five of your colleagues, family, and friends about a client. While building a 10-20-fold stakeholder network, they can tell each of you, but your "exposure" has more than doubled. With the right network, the final marketing of "rumors" is a place. You promote the network and your network promotions.

Have you ever had BNI or Le Tip or other structured network groups? Maybe it's a member of a similar group. If not, consider taking part in one of the fastest growing business network concepts. These groups invite business professionals to join exclusively. This means that if you are a bone-scalp and you will be a member of these groups, no other chiropractor will be invited or joined.

These groups regularly schedule appointments (from everywhere on a monthly basis per week), a list of the rules and objectives to be met. In some cases, a minimum number of deliveries is required to participate. In others, it simply deals with one or more networks that members are requesting. Keep in mind, however, that this type of networking should be worthwhile for all parties, each of them should make every effort to engage in business with other members of the group.

If this form of structured network is not for you, there are other ways to find potential network locations and partners. Here are some ideas that will help you on the road to networking success.

a. Create a community mentality. By that, I mean, do not just log on to put our name in a roll. REALLY JOIN. Participate. Participate in debates, events and BE VISIBLE. It is true of networking when it is "out of sight". I participated in the groups and decided to have a 2-3-month (and sometimes more) break for people to turn to me and tell them they forgot the name of my business to look up for a friend whether they are a friend or a local phone book. BUMMER!

b. Participate in network features. These may include chambers of commerce chambers, hours of social, ad hoc committees, and working groups of special events.

c. Enter a community service group such as Kiwanis, Lions, Jaycees, etc.

d. Volunteer for a nonprofit organization whose mission is passionate and believe in it. People who want to have similar passions in business with them.

e. Host Events – Two years ago in my home, I started an event called a Goddess Collection. This is an intimate gathering of women (8 max.) Who have common interests and / or want to expand their own circles. I invite those women who do not know each other even though they know their name. These women are women with direct or indirect influence (or members of the 22 groups to whom I belong and regularly attend or fall within these groups). I could invite a "surprise" guest who could entertain women – such as a masseuse or tarot card reader – or a business like a jeweler or makeup artist. This is to help you for a memorable evening, and women can start their own gathering or wait to be invited to another meeting that I have left myself amongst those present.

f. Find ways to cross over with businesses. For example, a spa can join a health food store or restaurant and can help keep your products and services healthy. A salon can join a florist to promote weddings and promotions, and a real estate agent can join a mortgage broker to promote a one-stop-shop experience for home buyers.

g. Interview with others. It's a great way to network women for projects that I work on. Since most people are flattered when they ask their opinion of something or experience in life, it was a great opportunity to increase their own circle for various reasons. I can ask a woman (or even a person) of an article or book I write or a seminar I develop. People like to share their stories. I will record the interview (of course with permission) and then give them a copy. It helps to create a list of pre-interview questions, but if they do not insist on it, they do not give them questions before time. Interviews were made by phone, e-mail and personally. There are many women since.

h. Join an online business or social network like MeetUp, Ryze, Max-in-Common, Linkd In, Open BC to name a few. These groups consist of subgroups that pay particular attention and similar interest. Or join a non-specific group to gain more knowledge, exposure, and connectivity.

Get one out of a new network event within a month to check it out. Make a list of your friends, organizations you've heard and read about, and about companies that are currently in business with you. These are all great resources that make it possible to find new ways to connect to the network. Get the local newspaper and see the organizations and businesses that organize events to which the public are invited. Take part in them.

Best networking begins with planning and steps. Your design is strategically important to its ultimate success as an efficient, caring network builder.

If you are interested in sharing network success stories, please send a mail to heidi@speakingwithspirit.com . It would be a great honor to hear. Who knows your story can be the subject of one of my articles, or even your own. Here is a successful networking.

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