Networking could have something to do with computers, although it means something entirely different to business people. For business people, it involves building connections and meeting people. In some cases, this involves finding people who an entrepreneur can use. Business people who have practiced their craft for a long time have already built these networks, and they continue to add new connections to them. Younger people who are just finding their way into the business world may not have had the opportunity to do so. Sawyer Howitt recommends getting out there and starting to develop these networks now. Like a person’s racquetball game or golf swing, Howitt recommends building and updating these networks as much as possible.
There are a number of events and ways a young businessman or someone just starting out in the business worlds can build up his networks. Mentoring is a good start to find contacts already in the business. Going out to events or even joining a group like the Masons or a similar fraternal organization can provide someone with a ready-made group of contacts. However, for business purposes, some contacts are more useful than others. A good entrepreneur should have good people skills. He can use these people skills to get to know people and their talents.
Getting to know a person’s talents, interests and other methods is as useful for building friendships as it is for making friends. The process of networking can help a young entrepreneur do both. Sometimes a person can be both a contact and a friend. These relationships should be cultivated and developed as well. They can be mutually beneficial as well as personally rewarding. Sometimes these friendships can last for a rest of a person’s life. When it comes to business relationships, however, an individual does not have to like a person in order todo business with them.
The best thing a young entrepreneur can do to build these networks is get out there. Social networks like Linkedin can only go so far. People need to meet each other face to face to build these networks up.
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