Connecting the Dots: Navigating the World of Networking
Let's be honest, attending networking events are extremely important to businesses, especially to new business, but they can also be scary and cause social anxiety if you're an introvert. But, the truth is; networking is crucial to having successful business endeavors. That means that CEO’s have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable in these settings. Sometimes, the fear of going outside of our comfort zones to talk with people of different backgrounds with different insights about business is nerve wracking. There are many reasons that some avoid events: not having enough time, not liking them, not being comfortable, not knowing what to say or just not feeling prepared. Whatever the reason is does not negate the fact that networking events are invaluable and they are 100% needed in order to get the word out about your business which ultimately scales it.
Other than getting the word out about your business. Networking also allows you to:
#1- Build relationships
Networking events provide an opportunity to meet new people and build relationships. These relationships can be beneficial for both personal and professional growth, such as gaining new clients, finding job opportunities, and making connections that can lead to partnerships or collaborations.
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#2- Expand your network
By attending networking events, you have the chance to connect with people from various industries and backgrounds. This allows you to broaden your network and potentially meet people you may not have otherwise encountered.
"The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be."
- Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn
#3- Learning opportunities
Networking events often feature speakers or panel discussions, which can provide valuable insights and knowledge on relevant industry topics. Attending these events can also help you stay up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in your industry.
#4- Gain confidence
Networking events can help build your confidence in social situations. By practicing conversation skills and meeting new people, you can become more comfortable in networking situations and feel more confident in your ability to connect with others..
#5- Get referrals
By making connections and building relationships, you can receive referrals from others. When people trust and value your work, they are more likely to recommend you to others, which can lead to new opportunities.
Overall, networking events are an important way to build relationships, expand your network, learn, gain confidence, and get referrals. By attending these events and being open to connecting with new people, you can create opportunities for personal and professional growth.
As a general rule, attending networking events at least once a month can help you build and maintain relationships, stay up-to-date on industry trends, and discover new opportunities. The great news is that 617 Social hosts networking events all month long. Our events are curated for new business owners where they can get all of their networking needs met in a fun and relaxed environment. 617 Social takes the guesswork out of networking . Make sure to check out the events page to register for our next event.
Remember, networking is not just about connecting devices...
it's about connecting people and ideas. Thank you for joining us on this journey, and we look forward to exploring more networking topics with you in the future.