Networking is a necessity in today’s ever-changing global marketplace. There are many levels of personal and professional connections that can lift you higher. These people motivate you, give you sound advice, and provide that boost to help you to the top.
Seek the following personalities to add to your network.
1 The Idealist– You are passionate about your dreams. This passion is a must to enjoy your work and make your dreams come true. The Idealist is someone who will listen to your ideas, share insight, and work with you to help you achieve your goals. Their lack of criticism or negative judgment in the beginning can be a needed relief while you work together on coming up with the best route to take. Brainstorming is the key to innovation, so include The Idealist in your network to positively and productively influence your goals.
2 The Mentor – There are so many confident, successful people in business, no matter their field of expertise. It’s exciting to meet and talk with these people and to bounce ideas off each other. It’s no easy task to find these mentors and coaches to work with on improving your business. The Mentor type in networking should be generally interested in your ideas, and willing to share their wisdom and experience. Find these people to discover more about yourself, tap into your potential, and the direction you should go.
3 The Industry Insider– We can always use advice from the experts who seem to have a good handle on industry trends and where your niche is headed. The Industry Insider usually has many predictions and where you should focus your energy. They will have solid information on online strategies and marketing as well as let you in on who you should keep an eye on. Showing interest in their knowledge and advice will help you make a connection with these types of people. They will keep you informed on what you should be using and what is becoming a weak strategy in your niche.
4 The Social Media Master – A strong grip on popular social media sites, proper etiquette, and the right amount of promotion is what The Social Media Master is known for. You’ve surely seen various examples of poor judgment or communication methods in social media such as: over-promotion, poor grammar, stubborn/negative comments, or extreme lack of promotion. The Social Media Master understands the balance, timing, and social aspects of connecting with your audience through social networking. Heed their wisdom and let them show you the right way to promote yourself and your brand, as well as slipping in some good deals and even humor in your social media efforts.
5 The IT Guru – Technology is evolving at light speed nowadays; it may seem next to impossible to stay on top of new innovations and devices that are trending. If a business can thrive today with no website, tracking/inventory software or mobile apps … well that is quite a feat! Having someone close in your network who can keep you updated on the best communication devices, hot new products or software, and apps to improve your business, you will definitely have a leg up on the competition.
You don’t want your brilliant ideas held back because of a website design flaw or an error that creates a poor user experience for your audience. Befriend an IT Guru to make your networking so much easier.
Surrounding yourself with the right people is crucial to your personal growth and helps you perfect your niche. No matter what field you’re in or how good at networking you are, you truly need good friends to assist in this journey.
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