7 motivations to network
Among the benefits of networking with BWFR you
can count the 7 following motivations to network.
1. Fresh ideas
Building your own network can be an excellent source of new perspectives
and ideas to help you in your business or role. Sometimes you may think
you are alone in your struggles, but while doing networking you will soon
find out that somebody else has faced the same difficulties and might be
able to offer you new perspectives on solutions.
A beneficial networking allows you to exchange information on challenges,
experiences and goals, in order to gain new insights that you may not have
otherwise thought of.
However, offering helpful ideas to your contacts is an essential way to build
your reputation as an innovative business woman, along with building strong
and committed business relationships.
2. Access/ "Shortcut" to opportunities
Enlarging your contacts can open doors to new business opportunities, career progress, personal development or simply new knowledge. Active networking supports you and keeps you on top, in the minds of others, when opportunities such as job openings emerge and it enlarges your likelihood to being introduced to potentially relevant people or even a referral.
3 . Amplified confidence
Through regular networking and pushing yourself to talk to people that you don’t know, you help boost your confidence. As a business owner, this is an important attribute because the growth of your business depends on communicating with people and making connections.
4. New information
Networking is a wonderful opportunity to interchange the best practice knowledge, to find out about the business techniques of your peers and being updated with all the latest industry developments. An expanded network of informed, interconnected contacts results in wider access to new and valuable information.
5. Building your profile
Becoming visible and getting noticed is a huge benefit of networking. By attending business and social events on a regular basis, people will start to recognize you and this will help you build your reputation as a knowledgeable, trustworthy and supportive person, by offering helpful information or unique tips to people who need it. Another advantage is that you are more likely to get additional leads and referrals, as you will be the one that comes into their mind when they need what you offer.
6. Strengthening relationships
Networking is built on sharing and not taking. It is about building trust and helping each other towards your goals. Engaging with your contacts and finding new opportunities to assist them, support the strengthening of the relationship. Through this, you plant the seeds for mutual assistance, for the help you will need in achieving your goals.
You must remember that you are not just obtaining exposure to the people in the room, you are structuring connections with their network as well. If people from their circle have a need that matches your business and if you have made an impression, you will most probably receive a referral.
And keep in mind that this is not just a one-way street. If someone in your network could match a business you were introduced to in the event, do not hesitate to share their details. This will help to strengthen your relationships.