It’s the beginning of the New Year, and people are making all sorts of resolutions. I am no different. However, this year I am not vowing to lay off the sweets or shed those holiday pounds. I’m taking a bit of a different direction than most, and I have decided to put more time and energy into building my network.
Out of everything that I have learned thus far in my career, the most important is that networking is vital for success. In our business, it is all about knowing who’s who in the local community. Today, there are a million different ways to meet new people, but I want to know which method YOU prefer.
We have all attended local group meetings, made cold calls, and utilized LinkedIn for referrals/general networking. But which method is the best? Each of them has their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Local Group meetings are great, because let’s face it, nothing can ever replace a firm handshake. Cold calls also have their value, because you can reach more people, while still letting your personality shine through. Lastly, LinkedIn also has its place among my top networking tools, because there is simply not another outlet, where you can touch so many people.
But unfortunately, these channels can only reach so far. So here is why I am proposing two questions: 1) What other forms of networking are out there? 2) Which method do you prefer?
Please comment on this post or shoot me a piece of mail, and let me know your thoughts. With your help, let’s make my New Year’s resolution a success.
Thanks in Advance!