Networking is critical to your personal growth and your business growth. You can leverage your network to build a successful business, but it cannot all be done online.
Even in our hyper-connected world, The Power of Face-to-Face Networking can still have a profound impact on your small business growth and help establish a foundation for lasting relationships. If you want to get the most out of your face-to-face networking efforts, you’ll need a proactive approach.
Walking away from your computer screen and networking face-to-face can be daunting. Networking in person is much more than simply showing up, smiling, and shaking hands. You must be strategic and start with a purpose. Begin with making a plan to guide your networking strategy. Acting with a purpose will help you achieve that purpose.
Once you’ve planned your strategy, check out these 7 tips for Networking. You need to do more than pass out business cards you must make real connections with other business owners and offer to help them as they help you. Networking should be reciprocal.
Finally, follow up. Networking is a long-term strategy and takes time to pay off. You’ll need consistency and perseverance to see the benefits.
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