Friday, 07 September 2018 20:18

When did you realise the importance of networking?

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I tend to be a literal thinker at times and I don’t believe that there is any level of importance specifically attributed to networking.

However, I’m very aware of the value that can be obtained by effective networking. This doesn’t happen by serendipity. You have to work at creating relationships when networking.

I likely realized there was value in networking, early in life. I also realized that I didn’t like to do it. Shyness and introversion tend not to make one an effective networker.

Over the past dozen or so years, I realized that my shyness was preventing me from taking advantage of networking opportunities and the possibilities they could open up for me.

Short version … it was uncomfortable … painful and scary!

I decided to do something about it, researching the topics of shyness and networking, resulting in me writing Power Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly!

In the book I outline strategies to level the networking playing field with all the extroverts of the world.

While networking is of value, other factors come to mind. E.g. having good communication skills, being knowledgeable about your product or service, readily giving to others … come to mind.


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