The Power of Networking

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The Power of Networking

by Larry D James

The Power of Networking is essential to the growth of your business.

I find that far too many people have what I call a scarcity mentality versus an abundance mentality. Meaning those with a

The Power of Networking

The Power of Networking

scarcity mentality believe that the resources they have, whether it’s ideas, money, opportunity, or whatever will disappear if they share them with others. While those with an abundance mentality know that to share their resources, ideas, and other opportunities only brings more of a reward to all involved.

One of the ways I recommend that you discover your networks is to write down the names of people you regularly call on for any type of information. Doing that will allow you to think a little deeper in terms of who and what your resources really are.

After you’ve written down five names make a list beside the names of the resources or value that those people share with you. For example, my tax lady, she does my taxes but if I need other information in regards to the IRS, she’s the one I call first.

When you think of a network it can be viewed as something very simple, or very difficult, it depends on your perception. Many people have difficulty meeting other people, and getting to know them in a way that would make the other person want to share information.

Everyone you meet has his or her own wealth of knowledge, that’s right, even you. Have you ever heard of establishing a guid pro quo? Well that’s simply going into a networking forum knowing what you have to offer and what you hope to get out of the encounter. Remember this, the next best thing to knowing someone with power is knowing someone who knows that person. Because knowing someone with the ability to link you to what you need to reach your objective is critical to your success.

One of the ways I recommend that you begin to work on your networking skills is by volunteering, this is a very effective and productive way of networking. Also remember that networking is the building of relationships for the purpose of sharing information and resources.

Now it’s very important to understand that you network by building rapport, finding a common interest, and mutually beneficial relationship, that takes time, work, and effort. However, more important than that is that the network is built on relationships, not on your self-interest.

No man is an island, and it’s essential that we work together for that is the only way that were able to achieve the level of success that we desire. The stronger you build your networking team the faster you will experience the results possible.

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