What is Networking?
- "Networking is a socioeconomic business activity by which groups of like-minded business people recognise, create, or act upon business opportunities.” Wikipedia
- To connect as or operate with a network
- To interact with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.
Networking is building a relationship and rapport with another person and in business we all need a group of people we can trust, respect and rely on.
Networking is about talking to people and getting to know people and this takes time. You may come to a meeting and make excellent contacts and leads or even new business, but don’t expect it to happen straight away. Look on networking as a long-term strategy for yourself and your business.
Through networking at BLOK you will get to know the others members of the organisation, through workshops and through social events, sharing information and building trust. People will learn more about you and your business and you will learn about other womens’ business and possible opportunities for you both.
Building trust with another other person means you can judge their expertise, their professionalism and most importantly, if you want to do business with them. At this point you may decide to share your valued contacts with them, knowing they will not to let you down or the prospective client.
Networking is not just about getting help for yourself, but about helping others. In turn, they will want to help you in the same way. And so the circle begins. Trust, confidence, professionalism and sharing. Over time, getting to know each other better will bring benefits in terms of contacts, leads and referrals.
When business networking, you are often in a structured environment and are faced with new businesses and individuals. Often it is very quick to assess who may be able to help you at these events, with contacts or business, particularly when you may be in similar type of business sector. Sharing clients could be a quick win for you both.
networking : linking : breaking barriers : collaborative : cooperative : sharing : skills : professional : resources : trust