Mores ways to network

Clearly the pace has picked back up from the holiday lulls in the business world.  Contacts who were tough to pin down during the last few weeks of December have resurfaced and are hopefully now returning your calls.  Many of the networking functions I usually attend are back up to their normal pre-holiday attendance.

Part of my business plan for this year involved rethinking where I spend my networking time.  Here are a few different suggestions from my first go around on this subject:

– Trade Associations

Laurel Bowen brought this one to my attention.  Not only are they a great place to learn best practices for your industry but also a great place to network.  More specifically I am thinking about the opportunity to meet potential employers.

– Strategic Business Network

If you live in Eastern Tennessee and have attended a speed networking function then chances are you have been to one of Adam Small’s SBN events.  So why am I giving him this plug?  Simply because while I believe in the power of speed networking events I am more of a fan of how Adam coaches people to network.

Each event begins with lunch at group tables where people begin the process of getting to know one another.  Prior to the start of the actual speed networking Adam spends a few minutes on how to get the most out of the encounters.  He then closes with some best practices about reaching out to your new contacts to deepen the relationship.

Just this week Adam and I had a long phone conversation about face-to-face networking and the future of it’s interaction with social media.  Look for the two of us to continue being champions of in person networking as the year progress through some new initiatives.

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About Jonathan Patrick

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