If you are an entrepreneur or want to be an entrepreneur, then you should start networking, right now ...
Many successful entrepreneurs got to where they are now because of the help they got from others along the way. A strong professional network enables you to attain goals that you'd never achieve on your own. Networking enables you to stay updated and upgraded. It is one of the best ways to market yourself and your skills.
Everyone should build their network before they need it - Mark Zukerberg
Business networking is an art form and as an entrepreneur,and you should be expert in it. Business networking is all about connecting people which will be beneficial for each other’s business. Networking is done because of the benefits you hope to reap from good networking. The entrepreneur has to be clear about what he/she hopes to achieve through networking. you should get some right people in your network that will improve your influence.
What is Networking?
Networking is about developing lasting relationships for mutual gain and creating a long-lasting favorable impression with people so they may think of you when an opportunity arises.”
Networking is about building relationships with people of influence. It enables you to stand out from the crowd
Business and Networking Conferences provide direct opportunities to increase your network. Because after the session, a large number of participants meet each other irrespective of their working fields and relations to get knowledge, guide, inspiration, motivations, etc.
Effective networking isn’t a result of luck – it requires hard work and persistence. – Lewis Howes
How to get started?
Remember, a more diverse network increases your chances and opportunities.
Google the target companies you would like to work with– find people of influence there and find out what organizations they’re involved in.
Be able to articulate who you are, why you are there, and what you’re looking for in a short succinct one-minute pitch. Walk up to people and introduce yourself.
Remove the “What’s in it for me?” and look at it as an opportunity to meet new people.
Respect the time and professionalism
Start networking, a bit advanced .... not when you need to sale
Follow up follow up and follow up
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