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Building a strong professional network is an important element in career development, and could even be the key to your success. A good network opens you up to exciting new career opportunities, as well as helping you to strengthen your knowledge, develop your skills, and have meaningful discussions with others. However, it’s not just about creating a large network; it is also important that you make close, long-lasting relationships...
The ability to network efficiently and create meaningful connections is necessary for success in entrepreneurship and life. From meeting new investors willing to bet on you or hiring the best employees, networking is the foundation of building your community and seeking new knowledge and opportunities. However, it does not come easily to many people, as putting yourself out in the world may feel like stepping out of...
Introverts need a rebrand. There’s a fundamental misunderstanding of the personality type that conflates their core characterization with shyness, which is simply inaccurate. Despite the misconception, there is truth to adage “your network is your net worth,” in that career opportunities are largely hinged on connections. READ MORE AT ESSENCE
Let’s just start by saying there’s so much value in having a fantastic network when you’re in the corporate world or running your own business. My network helps me with motivation, personal drive and mental health. I use it to bounce off new ideas, workshop current ideas and troubleshoot problems at work and at home. READ MORE AT THE HONEYCOMBERS
Why are connections important in business? They’re the threads holding everything together. The more relationships you have, the more intricate your network becomes. The trick is to build something that lasts. That means not only creating relationships but strengthening them by honoring your commitment to others in everything you do. Here are tips for building strong connections. READ MORE AT NEW ORLEANS CITY BUSINESS
Networking is a practice developed by professionals — whether they work for themselves or for others — that seeks to create and increase a network of contacts. It is not a novel activity, since it has traditionally been very common in business circles, but it has increased in importance as a consequence of digitalisation. READ MORE AT SANTANDER
Yes, introverts can learn how to network. In fact, introverts' self-awareness, genuineness, and passion can help them master this essential skill. Figuring out how to network presents difficulties for all of us, particularly introverts. If socializing tires or intimidates you, you may feel unsure of what improving your networking skills will take. READ MORE AT ZDNET
Your personal brand is the way you act, communicate and form relationships to send the impression of who you are and what you stand for. For some, their personal brand is formed by default instead of by design. Here are five ways to know your personal brand needs your immediate attention. READ MORE AT MILITARY.COM 
One of the many advantages of participating in a professional conference is meeting colleagues and expanding your network, whether by attending a reception, talking with the individual sitting next to you before a session starts, or connecting via an intriguing chat comment. Some individuals find it almost natural to walk up to a stranger and begin a conversation. For many others, it’s more of a stretch. Here are ways you can make the...
Maintaining your networks is vital to your ability to innovate, problem-solve and win new opportunities. In a study undertaken by Harvard Business School it was found that communication with close contacts rose by 40 per cent at the expense of a 10 per cent drop in exchanges with strangers or individuals we don’t know particularly well within our professional circle. Being intentional about maintaining our outer...
It might not come as a surprise that during the course of the pandemic our personal and professional networks shrank. As many of us turned to our closest friends, family members and colleagues for support, communication with some of our more distant acquaintances fell to the wayside. In a study undertaken by  Harvard Business School  it was found that communication with close contacts rose by 40 per cent at the expense of a 10...
Networking-starved professionals are returning to in-person luncheons and live conventions, organizers say, with meetings of local chambers of commerce and national industry events back on the calendars as COVID-19 cases fall. Event organizers say they expect more in-person events this year, albeit in some cases with fewer attendees than pre-pandemic levels.  READ MORE AT WALL STREET JOURNAL