Introduction to Networking Activities

An introduction to networking activities as in "arrive prepared with a brief presentation about who you are and what you do". A short statement that could include your first and your last name, your company or your industry and a few relevant details about you and your specialty.

Networking as in "the process of interacting with others to exchange information and to develop professional contacts" and/or, networking as in "internet social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to stay in touch with colleagues and customers and to exchange information".

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Introduction to Networking Activities and Profile

The idea is to become a power net-worker and to enjoy the benefits of networking. Benefits such as strong professional ties, exchange of new ideas, answers to most questions, gained knowledge and communication and social skills.

Whether you are a novice, an intermediate, or an expert net-worker, there is always room for improvement. Wherever you are today, you can develop new habits, new skills and new abilities and you can integrate proven networking concepts into your professional life.

Identify to what extent you are currently using and practicing the principles, tools, techniques, and attitude of a powerful net-worker. Principles that will help your reinforce the networking you already are familiar with.

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Know Your Own Net-Worker Power

The first step in becoming a powerful net-worker is to get our life in order and to adjust our activities around the values that are important to us. Our values are the core of our life, they are the qualities that make our work and our life worthwhile, they give it  meaning and satisfaction.

Values such as altruism, dependability, integrity, generosity, courage, gratitude, well-being, sustainability, self-respect, adaptability, uniqueness, assertiveness, support, open-mindedness, personal growth, flexibility, frugality, improvement, self-reliance, ...

With goals based on values comes a natural motivation that propels our actions. Values provide strength and certainty, they give us a clearer sense of who we are and what we want. Once our life and our goals are designed around our values, they create strength and certainty and, most importantly, they propel our actions forward.

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Be Gracious and Courteous as You Network

If you want to be perceived as a professional, then be sure to portray professionalism through your actions and your presentations.

Have your presentation as well as your clothes, your speech and your mannerism represent you in the best possible way, Make it  a statement of who you are and what you do.

Representing yourself professionally will add polish and power to your networking. People will interact with you as a respected peer and will be more likely to send you powerful networking opportunities.

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Handle Business Cards with Respect

Your business card is your “calling card”. It represents you when you are not there and speaks for you and your business long after you have given it away. Make sure that your card is attractive, appealing, and easy to read. Make sure that it conveys the message you want people to remember.

Your calling card is you. Your business card will be seen by many people. Your card may be passed around to people who have not met you yet and may serve as a reminder of who you are and what you do.

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Nurture your Network with Acknowledgments

Acknowledgment is the act of giving positive feedback to another person. It is a simple and yet powerful tool because it reinforces and gives attention to what is being acknowledge.

Acknowledgment is more than giving people compliments – it empowers them by providing authentic, constructive feedback. Acknowledge authentically, spontaneously and generously while expecting nothing in return. You can be a role model and a catalyst for acknowledgment throughout your whole network.

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Manage Yourself as a Resource

For every net-worker the one thing that can be his or her greatest asset or biggest nightmare is a system for organizing and retrieving the names, addresses, phone numbers, and other information about the people in their network.

There are ways to set up your online filing system. The best approach is to develop a system that suits you, that is easy for you to keep up to date, and that provides easy access to names and numbers.

Devise a system that keeps you organized and effective in building, retrieving, and working your network. Remember that the main objective is accessibility. If you can’t find information, you can’t refer to it, share it, or distribute it. Be organized so that you can remember people, find their information and respond in a timely and proficient manner.

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