Each of us thinks about networking in a different way. Our thoughts usually revolve around the success (or failure) that we have experienced from relationship building. Has networking had a positive or negative impact on your life? Your answer will be a major factor in how you network as well.
Many people don’t fully understand the value or power of networking. It takes time and effort to effectively and efficiently build relationships. Is networking short-term or long-term for you? Again, your answer will dictate to a certain extent how much ime you devote to relationship building.
Below are some questions for you to answer about networking. Your responses will help you determine what networking really means to you.
- Do you network to look for a job?
- Do you network to find customers?
- Do you network to find employees?
- Do you network to find strategic partners?
- Do you network to find investors?
- Do you network to expand your Rolodex?
- Do you network to find friends?
- Do you network to keep up with your industry trends?
For most people, you will have answers to multiple questions. Which one do you focus on more when networking? By answering this question, you will have a good idea of what networking means to you.