On Networking vs. Building a Network

I’m sure you have also been to one of these parties where someone is schmoozing their way through, deciding instantly if you are someone who could be valuable to them. Sadly, this has become known as networking.

Generally, speaking about networking, people tend to be too business focused and naive. See, it isn’t all about immediate business, it is about building a network with fun, interesting and kind people. Instead of thinking about what this person can do for you right now, be human and make friends.

Networking with the goal of building long-term relationships are what builds up a good network with people. Plus, just as with traveling and meeting people, it is much more fun.

I make it a point to actively keep growing my network. Reaching out to people. Connecting. Talking. If you feel that you don’t have a good enough network—and you should!—make it a point to try and connect with someone new every week. Just think about what a great network you will have in just a few short years.

Let me tell you the real key though. It is being genuinely interested in people, what they do and who they are. This is how you build long-term relationships that are worth something both personally and in your career or business.