Networking is a powerful tool.
Just to be clear, we are NOT talking about running miles of cable from one computer to next and we are NOT talking about recruiting people for a business opportunity. What we ARE talking about is recognizing, developing and profiting from your NETWORK of contacts, no matter what business you are in.
We all know more people than we think we do. Surveys have shown that, by time we graduate college, most of us know about 250 other people. The Internet has changed all of that.
That number goes way up when you think of people you know via Internet. Let's look at five ways to develop your network of contacts, online and offline, to help skyrocket your business, no matter what that business is. Make a list of people you know and let's get ready to go!
The first step is to let your group of contacts know what you are doing. Honesty is key here. HELP them see next level of relationship where you can be of help to each other in a business setting. If they are going to open their contacts to you, and you to them, you must both be comfortable.
And don't push it. If they hesitate, back off.
Ask them how you can help them. Many times in life and business we get by giving. HONESTLY offering your help to them without asking anything in return will set stage for a mutually beneficial relationship. Honesty is key. If you have less than noble motives, stay away.