The Power of Networking

Whether it is for business or personal support, you NEED a network.  I'm a true believer in everything happens for a reason and firmly believe you 'meet' certain people for a reason too.

I cannot stress enough that building a 'network' is key for success in life.  I rely on my 'mom' network to turn to for advice at home with the kids, my husband, and everyday stresses and to be that same support for my fellow moms.  The same goes with running my business and networking with my fellow 'preneurs.  We are support for each other and networking is not just something you do when you want something either.  I've learned, taught, and grown tremendously with my network.

With the access of the internet and social media, there are so many avenues to build your own network or join existing one's that support your needs.  Below are some great basic principles of networking we all should follow.

The Power of Networking (extract) from Understanding Influence for Leaders at all Levels

Great networkers make great leaders because they have unlocked the potential of networking in their busy lives. They have created simple systems that enable them to connect with others, stay connected and create valuable lifetime connections with key players, spheres of influence and other master networkers.

Great networkers are not born, they are created. And it need not be a complex process. The great news is that anyone can improve their networking and influencing skills. The networking world is open to everyone, without exception, as long as your networking values are strong, ethical and transparent. This chapter will show you how to create and maintain strategic alliances and mastermind groups and become a master networker who positively influences many connections within valuable networks.

Many people think that networking is something that you do, rather than a way that you live. Networking is a life skill, rather than something you do only when you want something.

The basic principles of networking discussed here are based on the following three universal laws:
  1. The law of abundance. There are plenty of opportunities for everyone – plenty of ideas, clients, customers, jobs and so on. Just because your diary is empty does not mean that there are no opportunities around. Great networkers believe in an abundance of opportunities.
  2. The law of reciprocity. What you give out comes back tenfold. If you give out help, you get back help; give out love, you get back love; give out information, you get back information. The challenge, of course, is that although for you the giving is instant and in the short term, the receiving may not happen for some time. Also, what is returned may not come from the person to whom it was given. However, great networkers believe firmly that what you give out comes back tenfold.
  3. The law of giving without expectation. This occurs when you give without an expectation of receiving something. You do something for someone not to get something back, but because you want to help them achieve their goal.
Great networkers also make heart-to-heart connections with people when they talk to them. They listen with their hearts as well as their ears – they are totally focused on the person in front them, regardless of whether they think that person could be a prospect, client, new friend or just someone to add to their network. They realise that every person they connect with forms part of their networking jigsaw, and every stranger has the potential to become an important connection within that network.

Great networkers network ethically, professionally and courteously – aware that every best friend was once a perfect stranger, and that you never know who that stranger in front of you actually has in their network. The basic philosophy of great networkers is to treat everyone the way they would like to be treated.

Follow these basic guidelines and you too will see what the Power of Networking can do for you.

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