When I was younger, I didn't really think I'd end up being an entrepreneur and running my own companies. But seven years ago, I found something that keeps me up at night, gives me butterflies whenever I think about it and is something I'm willing sacrifice anything for.
In our complex economy, the need to network has never been greater. Networking is the lifeblood of business. Unfortunately
Intergenerational networking is when different age cohorts interact, providing participants with fresh ideas and inspiration to build their business and rejuvenate their careers. It can take place on an informal, conversational basis at work or in a social setting. It can also be a structured process within an organization where employees share ideas and insights into how to improve business and build trust internally.
Many professionals emphasize networking and strategies to build networks, however, there is little focus on network maintenance. The best networks are the ones we can call on for support when needed. For example, are we comfortable asking for a favour from someone we spoke to once at a party a year ago? In this case, the quality of the relationship is more important than the number of contacts in the address book.
I used to think that the more people I reached out to, the more business I would earn. I soon realized that's just working harder, not smarter. That misguided approach burns up physical and emotional energy faster than a match set to dry grass.
You open your computer and ding! -- another invitation for a networking cocktail enters your inbox. This is the season for professional reunions and get togethers. Like any successful event, a fruitful business networking event also needs preparation. Keep reading for my Happy Hour tips and tricks.
Likeability is not the ability to make people laugh or take centre stage all the time. It is about considerate behaviour and keeping promises that make people feel comfortable around you. You win them over by fuelling their belief that you are a trustworthy person who they can count on to do the right thing.
Some might interpret your silence in the face of the steady flow of conversation as indifference or disapproval because the conversation does not meet your intellectual standards. In fact, you may be very interested in all that's being said. You just don't have the confidence or energy to jump into the conversational fray.
A restaurant office event can test even the savviest conversationalist or diner. When you know your way around a table and dine with confidence, you will stand out as others hesitate and appear uncertain about key table management issues.
Networking events are speed-dating for sales reps. You put on a name tag on, snack hors d'oeuvres and try to grow business. Most people end up with nothing for one important reason...