Networking is a term that almost everybody in this world is familiar with. However, most have different ideas of what t is. To teenagers networking is often related to social media sites such as Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, where people share different things with others on the sites. To job seekers, networking means finding people who work at the companies that they are interested in getting a job at and using them to put in a good word for them. To people involved in direct sales, networking is getting a potential customer to give referrals of future consumers. People involved in multi-level marketing, build a downline and make a profit whenever an individual in the downline makes a profit. Then there are people who build a professional network in their place of business.
You may be looking at getting a promotion in a different department, for example. However, you do not know which people to talk to. This is where having a network can help you get that desire position. Start building your network by talking to individuals you normally communicate with at your place of business. These can be your coworkers, supervisor, those who work under you and customers. One of them may know somebody in the other department. This is your chance to meet new people and start building a professional network. Just remember to talk to everybody you know, not just one or two.
Once you have starting building new relationships with a few people-this even works when you start your network with just one person-you can use these to build other relationships. This is similar to the chain letter you receive in the mail, where you are promised to have a mailbox full of $1.00 bills when you send $1.00 to six people. However, unlike the chain letters, Professional Networking works.
Always remember to keep in contact with your new relationships. Even if you are at a store and you see somebody you just met a few days ago, walk up to him and say hello. You may have to reintroduce yourself if he does not remember you name. For example, say, “Mr. Johnson, I am not sure if you remember me. I am Joe Smith. We met at the Christmas party last week.”
Learn how to be a good listener. Most people you meet will want to tell you something about themselves. By staying interested in what they are saying, even if it is about the latest NASCAR race, they will want to forge a relationship with you.
Do not forget about technology to help build your professional network. For example, Content Producers on Associated Content, can make money two ways. The first is an upfront payment for specific articles. The other way is by performance, how many times an article is read. By doing this you must be using a network. You can build a network by following people on the site and reading their articles and making comments on what they wrote. Chances are these individuals will follow you and read your articles. You also can take advantage of the social networking sites. By building a network through Twitter, for example, you can post links to your articles.