5 Reasons You Should Invest Your Time in Networking Networking has delivered more return on investment than any other tool in my business. The problem is, everyone who believes in networking recommends it the same how to get someone to invest in you. But how does it deliver value exactly?
Lewis and I are about to run the training class for Shy Networking tomorrow. It is not an instant gratification thing very often. OK, so we have all experienced that chance meeting where everything clicks and we come away with a brilliant, but random contact. We are talking about human relationships, and they are not always fast burning things. People are asking if they should devote time to networking over, say, SEO, blogging or social media.
I have to tell you, being so close to things it took me a while to articulate. So if you are crunched for time, why should you add networking to your mix? Of course you wouldn’t be reading this article if I hadn’t managed to give you concrete reasons why you should invest your time in networking, so here they are. Networking ROI There are many benefits to networking but you have to remember that we are dealing with people. You have to keep that in mind.
Friendship Benefits I wanted to start with a benefit that does not necessarily convert to Dollars, Pounds or Euros. Do not overlook the simple benefit of having friends in the business with no strings attached. We need to know someone has our back, that we have people who are there for us. It can be lonely when you work alone, with only a monitor light to keep you company. Having someone who understands is extremely valuable on a psychological and emotional level. Your friends can chat to keep you motivated and cheery, are a sounding board for ideas, or will listen to you moan when you need it.