“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ― Simon Sinek
Often times we think of leaders as extroverted, outspoken, and powerful people. Therefore, we leave networking to that “chosen group”. However, the truth is – we each have the ability to lead in our own unique and powerful way.
Networking offers everyone the same opportunity to grow themselves and their business. Networking pushes past the status quo and undoubtedly delivers to like-minded and diverse individuals growth opportunities.
If you are looking to inspire others to dream more, to expand your knowledge, or a business owner who seeks to do more and become more – as Simon Sinek said, “you are a leader!” Which chiefly makes networking events EXACTLY right for you.
Above all, this article will give you six essential reasons on why you should push yourself out of your comfort zone and harness those networking skills.
1. Networking Offers Relationship Building Opportunities
Did you know that 85% of jobs are filled through networking? Additionally, 72% of people make their first impression of someone just on how they first appear and their handshake? Above all, rubbing shoulders with entrepreneurs in similar fields can broaden your horizons both professionally and personally, presenting you with a wide range of opportunities.
Whether you are seeking to find new customers, wanting to create a joint venture, or looking to co-conspire on business ideas – networking is the environment that can facilitate all of the above.
2. Networking Provides Business Lead Potential
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Regardless of your industry, most start-up and locally sourced businesses endlessly seek leads to further grow their company. Therefore, making business leads through networking opportunities can open many doors. Undoubtedly, all you have to do is walk past your own preconceived notions about networking in order to get you there.
“No matter when or where, always bring your ‘A’ game, because you never know when it will open doors for you.” – Simon Sinek
3. Networking Helps You Help Others
Entrepreneurs are a busy bunch of people, and they are often also people who love to share their wealth of knowledge with others. Most entrepreneurs realize that it is through the “collective consciousness” of business that their passions are built on.
The love of creating and building a business is infectious for entrepreneurs. Helping others succeed therefore often inspires others to do the same.
“As the Zen Buddhist saying goes, how you do anything is how you do everything.”
― Simon Sinek
4. Networking is an Excellent Way to Brush Up On Industry Trends
Business owners can often be found happily beating away on their craft. Furthermore, this is why emerging out of your cocoon is vital to staying on top of industry trends, along with cutting edge technology and business practices that could help facilitate your business.
Industry trends are something we discuss in our Digital Marketing Essentials Course. This course markedly provides you with an overview of all of the elements of Digital Marketing and how they work together to create your online presence.
You’ll leave this course with:
- A Digital Marketing Glossary
- Target Persona Worksheet
- Website Assessment Checklist
- SEO Worksheet
- 5 Steps to Create the Perfect Call to Action
Digital marketing is a platform with ever-changing parameters locked into trend-setting technology. For example, being a part of networking groups that will discuss the latest buzz surrounding technology trends will help lighten the load of staying on top of online shifts.
5. Networking Pushes You Past Your Comfort Zone
Perhaps your business is mainly behind closed doors; networking will help ensure you don’t become a hermit.
Even if you’re as introverted as a church mouse, building relationships through discussing your passion is the best way to grow your confidence – both within yourself, as well as your brand.
Nearly every business is going to benefit from having positive relationship-building skills. As has been noted, doing that face-to-face with someone should not be a lost art.
Regardless of how technology has advanced and allowed us to communicate without ever having to use our actual voice, finding your REAL voice and making it heard is a practice we all need to not lose sight of. Making networking the perfect place to push yourself comfortably out of your comfort zone.
6. Networking is to Humans What Location is to Businesses
Your business location was once the factor that ensured customers could easily access your services. Now “location” is more about how you present your business. Therefore, this is where networking plays an important role in positioning yourself in the community. Above all, networking creates relationships and being easily accessible to build those bonds.
Sometimes we get so busy being and doing “all business all the time”, that we fail to remember to bring it back to a human level. Most important, making human connections and building on that should be a common thing. After all, it’s not WHAT you know, but WHO you know. Unquestionably, having business connections that you can call on in times of crisis – or celebration – will be influential in more than one way.
In summary, we talked a lot about “why” you should network, but what most entrepreneurs ask next is “where”? In fact, just by reading this you are already at the right place. At myBusinessSkills.com, we fully understand the importance of networking, which is why we offer Mastermind Groups. As discussed in our blog Is a Mastermind Group Right for You, we talk about who should join a mastermind group.
Do you fall into any of these categories?
An entrepreneur or a small business owner.
Isolated and work on your own.
Your business is accelerating quickly, and you can’t keep up
Looking for a business network
Looking for third-party advice or guidance.
If your desire is to “…inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more…” consider becoming part of our networking group. We will help you connect in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Additionally, offering you:
Relationship Building Opportunities
Business Lead Potential
The Chance To …Help You to Help Others
Industry Trend Discussion Forums
An Opportunity to Pushes You Past Your Comfort Zone
Real-Time Human Interactions
Don’t miss out on your chance to be inspired and most importantly inspire others! Learn more about our networking opportunities by clicking here