Networking is all about connecting

I feel that most of the times, people confuse the real meaning of networking, which leads them into losing opportunities in their lives. Wrong networking can really give you the exact opposite results of the right networking. Networking is all about connecting.


Let me start with the definition of Networking. If you google for "what is networking" you will get the below results.

  1. the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.

  2. the linking of computers to allow them to operate interactively.

So we can see that it is all about connecting either computers to work together, or people to work together, to interact and to exchange information, which lead them into building professional or personal friendships.



Networking Vs Business Networking

Networking

is about making new connections, friends and in general extending your power circle.


Business Networking

is about making new connections, friends and in general extending your power circle, with people who are in business.


So next time have this in mind. The word business is not there because you are in front of your next client, but because you are in front of a business person, which probably has common things to share with you, if you also are in business.


Networking and Opportunities

Networking is bringing up new or more opportunities. That could be in terms of your career, your lifestyle, your circle of trust and the list can go on. In the case that you are an entrepreneur, a business owner, an investor or a founder, these opportunities could be extended to new business opportunities.


You are who you know

In the world we live in, you are who you know. So the more people we are connected to, the more opportunities we have that we could be easily referred to someone, for a new job, a new potential client and other situations that we might be interested in.


Get it. Don't burn it.

So you need to make sure that you get these opportunities, by staying connected to people. Just think for a moment, how could someone be willing to help you if you managed to burn the connec