What in the World Does NETWORKING Have to Do With MONEY? Really…

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NETWORKING IS NOT JUST AN ADULT ACTIVITY OF APPETIZERS, COCKTAILS, POLITE CONVERSATION, PASSING OF BUSINESS CARDS.  NO!  IT BEGAN WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN.  

“I WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND IF…”

‘COME AND EAT LUNCH AT ‘OUR’ TABLE”

“PLEASE COME TO MY BIRTHDAY PARTY”

“CAN YOU SLEEP OVER AT MY HOUSE”

“THE CAPTAIN OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM INVITED ME TO PROM”

AS CHILDREN, WE LEARN THE VALUE OF SOCIALIZATION.  AS ADULTS, WE LEARN THAT SOCIALIZATION IN THE FORM OF NETWORKING CAN i MANY BENEFITS TO OUR BUSINESS PURSUITS, WHETHER A BUSINESS OWNER OR AN EMPLOYEE.  NETWORKING PUTS US OUT THERE–NOT ALWAYS COMFORTABLY–TO MEET OTHERS, TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR BUSINESSES, TO FORM CONNECTIONS, AND, HOPEFULLY, IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, TO BUILD THE BUSINESS WE ARE IN.  THIS CAN TAKE A WHILE AS IT IS NOT PROPER NETWORKING ETIQUETTE TO ARRIVE AT A NETWORKING EVENT AND PASSING OUT OUR BUSINESS CARDS TO EVERYONE WHO IS BREATHING IN THE ROOM.   IF YOU ARE PASSING OUT BUSINESS CARDS IN THIS MANNER, PLEASE STOP.  YOU ARE SPENDING AN AWFUL LOT ON BUSINESS CARDS THAT, IN MANY CASES, WILL BE TOSSED AS SOON AS THE RECIPIENTS PASS A TRASH CONTAINER.  YES, REALLY, PLEASE STOP.  THIS WILL SAVE YOU MONEY

TREASURE YOUR CARD, OFFER IT ONLY WHEN ANOTHER NETWORKER ASKS FOR IT OR THEY HAVE OFFERED YOU THEIRS WHEN YOU HAVE ASKED FOR IT, AND IT IS OBVIOUS A “CONNECTION” IS FEASIBLE BASED ON YOUR CONVERSATION.  THIS IS RELATIONSHIP BUILDING.  IT IS NOT “HOW MANY CARDS” DID I GET OR GIVE AT THIS EVENT!  LEARN TO LISTEN AND LEARN ABOUT ANOTHER NETWORKER.  THE REST WILL FOLLOW.

AND, OH YES, NETWORKING THROUGH RELATIONSHIP BUILDING HAS MUCH TO DO WITH MONEY…take it slow, take it steady, and see what happens during the next months!

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