Advantages of Networking
Networking is the act of linking or connecting a system of things or people. Two examples of system networking are computer networking and wireless networking. Social networking is defined as the act of meeting people, building and maintaining relationships, creating rapport, sharing of ideas and information and helping one another to benefit from the relationship.
Online social networking goes further than traditional networking. Internet users have the advantage of connecting with people from all over the world, team up, build or join communities, chat, play interactive games, update events and do many more things and activities that conventional networkers can't or don't do. Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are three of the popular online social networking websites.
One of the greatest advantages of networking is the ability to expand your contacts and friends; many are likely people who share common interests or social ties while the rest are from diverse backgrounds. The purpose of networking and developing a relationship with the people you meet is that it can greatly increase your career, business or other type of opportunities, if not now, later in the future.
If you are trying to start a business, grow your business or even find a job, social networking is a powerful tool for you to use to get those accomplished. The extent of your relationship base is very important and a larger network can only lead to great success.
There are many other advantages of networking when you do it the right way. One helpful networking tip is to interact or communicate on a regular basis. Networking is an ongoing thing. If you try to set up connections only when you are in desperate need of help, you will probably find it hard to create a bond in a short amount of time.
When you keep in touch with someone without expecting a favor but with the intention of maintaining the relationship, you will create rapport and trust. If ever you do need assistance or help any time in the future, you have already by then developed friendship or comradeship.
Another tip is to keep your contact list updated. There's no point in keeping someone's information if it's not up to date.
If you want to get the full advantages of networking, participate and get involved. Offer your services or assistance whenever appropriate and people will reciprocate. If you help people that are in your network, they will most likely help you whenever you need it. Your friends will willingly recommend someone to you for business, jobs, etc.
Although there are countless advantages of networking, there are a few disadvantages. One of them being that there is the possibility of indiscretion. Even though you may want to have a large circle of friends or contacts, be sure to maintain confidentiality. Choose the right people to associate with such as those who are inspiring, optimistic and willing to share and help. Networking may take a while to come into effect and may also take up a lot of your time and effort.