The A-Z of Networking. S is for… (part two)

Being Specific
One of the biggest mistakes made in networking is not being clear and specific about what you want to achieve or who you want to meet.
The more specific you can be, the more likely it is that people will recognise opportunities to introduce you or indeed, that you will spot the ideal opportunities yourself.

Sharing
‘Blessed are they who give without remembering and receive without forgetting’¬†– Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco.
Have an attitude of abundance, looking to make helpful connections to people you trust within your network and making yourself available to support others. Invest in your network relationships and that network will find ways to support you in return many times over.

S is also for…

Sales
Networking is not selling but a strong and supportive network will lead to many more opportunities to boost your business development.

Slow down / Be Silent
Invest in your networks over the long-term. Don’t rush for quick wins but stop, look and listen.

Smile
Relax and enjoy yourself. It’s amazing how much more time people want to spend with you if you are fun to be with.

Self Belief and Speaking Up
If you don’t believe in yourself, don’t expect anyone else to. When the right opportunity presents itself, grab it.

Simplicity
Your network do not have time to understand your job or business in depth. Keep things simple and make it easy for them to help you.

Strategic Alliances
How can you improve your offering or reach new markets by teaming up with others in your network, even apparent competitors?

Stories
Give people examples, tell them stories. They bring the point you are making to life.

Thanks yet again for all of your contributions, Tanya Wheway, Ian Steel, Andrew Bernie Bernard, Lee Warren, Debbie Tarrier, Nigel Risner, Jo Simpson, Liz Sorton, Kapil Kapur, Jackie Barrie, Jim Ewan, Martin Watt, Tony Westwood, Gordon Tredgold, Arvind Devalia, Lynda Shaw, Paul Brown and Rhiannon Evans.