Networking opportunities can be found within your organisation and among external agencies, professional associations, businesses and corporations.
The purpose of networking is to develop long-term, mutually beneficial business relationships in order to share leads, recommendations, support and other information. All of these things contribute to the profitable growth of an organisation.
Essentially, networking is a reciprocal process. That is, you give referrals to others and others give to you, with no expectation of anything in return. Professionals skilled at networking share one fundamental belief: give and you shall receive.
What are the benefits of networking?
Networking is something that benefits both individuals and organisations. Networking can be used to:
- generate targeted leads and referrals
- develop and maintain relationships with other businesses or external agencies
- increase the awareness of your organisation and its products and services within the community
- expand professional contacts
- find mentors and advisors who can further your professional skills
- develop a peer support network
- share ideas and solve business problems
- build self-confidence and gain new skills and knowledge
- gain recognition and influence in your industry and community
- find opportunities to expand the range of products/services offered by your organisation.