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Expand Your Horizons through Business Networking

Building your professional network opens doors to new opportunities. Our tips help you maximise the value of business networking.

Strategies for Effective Networking

Growing your connections gives access to customers, talent, insights and resources. Ways to network include:

  • Events & Conferences: Attend industry gatherings to connect in-person.
  • Trade Associations: Join relevant professional groups.
  • Alumni Groups: Leverage your academic network.
  • Online Communities: Participate in discussions on LinkedIn, Twitter, Slack etc.
  • Referrals: Ask contacts for introductions to people in their network.

However, focus on nurturing meaningful relationships, not just accumulating contacts. Tips for successful networking include:

  • Preparedness: Have a clear networking goal and professional presence.
  • Mindset: Approach conversations with a generous, connector mindset.
  • Listening: Build rapport by taking interest in others.
  • Follow Up: Continue the relationship after the event.
  • Give Value: Offer advice and connections without expecting anything.

Strategic networking leads to collaborators, customers and growth opportunities.

Business networking expands your horizons by connecting you with the right people. Follow our best practices to maximise value.