Posted on June 9, 2019 at 3:31 PM
Have you heard, It's not what you know that makes you successful it's who you know? Well it's true, the most successful people in business are the most connected.
Networking allows us to meet like-minded individuals who have a mutual desire to give value to the other person. Networking can happen in the workplace, at school, at the gym or at a networking event. According to the Faced Squared article written by greatbusinessschools.org, " People who got the most results from their networking efforts participate more in "face-to-face" casual contact networks." Of that 72% of those surveyed said they were influenced by looks and handshakes alone.
Here are three reasons why networking is important in your everyday life.
Career Development: Networking is an essential part of career development. Whether you are starting your own business or looking to expand on your career, networking is a gateway to building strong relationships for long term success. According to Forbes (https://www.forbes.com ), "Around 80% of jobs are not posted online. This is referred to as the “hidden jobs market”. Those who find jobs in this hidden market are individuals who effectively network with other people."
Opportunities: Networking in itself produces a great deal of opportunities. When you network with people and start building connections, those connections also connect you with their connections. The opportunities are endless, from finding a new job, client leads, partnerships and more.
Personal Growth: Networking can help you in not only your business ventures but your personal life as well. You gain skills on how to network, build confidence and obtain a different perspective on your career path. Networking is also a great way to build life long friendships!
Networking is not just something people do, its a lifestyle and those that are most successful have adapted to and mastered this lifestyle. Great networks don't grow on trees; you must initiate, build and nourish them to have long lasting relationships.