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Business Networking Tips

May 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

How to Increase Your Chances of Success in Business through Networking.

Networking is a great technique used to expand your circle of influence, and when you manage a home business, this is very important. It will only cost very little but the effects are unbelievable. When you have a network, you are able to enjoy long-term stability, building alliances and getting referrals from these key people. In a way, your business network will help you just as you are helping them.
Networking How do you expand your network? Understand that for budding entrepreneurs, this is not an easy feat. People often become skeptical of those who are new and unheard of, and will always have the tendency to patronize the more established companies. Just like you need business creativity to expand your business, you need to use your networking skills to gain acceptance, and eventually, a following but you need to double your efforts in doing so.

The Biggest Networking Obstacle
Perhaps the single biggest cause for not being unable to use networking is fear. Fear of approaching people, fear of taking risks, fear of committing mistakes, fear of not being accepted- your fear will prevent you from even trying. And when you cannot make that move, networking becomes an impossible thing to do. The solution to this is to overcome your fear and muster the courage to talk to people! Fear can be destructive, and if you want to make any significant progress at networking, you need to get rid of it.

Keys to Developing Your Business Networking Skills

1. Know when and where to network. Successful “networkers” choose the right time and place to use their skills and make new connections. They attend special functions because they know that this is where people gather to introduce themselves and promote their business. However, you should be careful of correct timing; you do not want to give any negative impression on those who have met you for the first time.

2. Know who your target prospects are. You do not simply shake the hand of every person you meet and give them your calling card. You have to know who you think can be classified as potential prospects by taking the time to talk to them. Get to know them a little, and from there you can get an idea if this person can be a good prospect or not.

3. Use social networking sites. Many people do not realize it but websites like Twitter and Facebook can actually increase their business network. However, when you use these sites, as with any other effective networking strategy, it is necessary to be subtle. Build trust and give people reasons to want to join your network. Trying to sell or being explicit about your intentions may push them away if you are not too careful.

4. Come prepared. You have to have ready answers for possible questions that prospects might fire at you. Make sure your answers can convince them enough to make them want to become part of your network. If you fumble and take time to come up with answers, this will not be to your advantage. Moreover, part of being prepared is to be ready with calling cards wherever you may go because you will never know who you will bump into.

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