Written by Temi Onanuga
Challenge your networking skills:
Human beings are social creatures; don’t underestimate your existing networks.
Networking is all about building personal connections to expand your knowledge
and social community.
Networks consist of peers who share a profession, level of responsibility or interests.
Networking begins at home, with your family connections.
Your “Networking Quotient” (NQ) measures your networking ability.
Map your networks to determine your NQ.
Good networkers are not necessarily extroverts.
Good networkers are knowledgeable, which enables them to conduct meaningful conversations about many subjects.
Graduating from a prestigious college or university accelerates networking.
Building strong networks requires planning.
Types of Networks
Networks come in all shapes and sizes and can comprise many different individuals.
They also can be highly focused. Network types are:
Peer-to-peer – These networks include individuals who have similar occupations,
roles and status in different organizations. They resemble professional trade associations, in that members share information about their best practices, engage each other at a high level and inform one another about innovative programs. Through this kind of information exchange, they improve their job performance, conserve resources, reduce risk and accelerate innovation. The Internet magnifies the power of these kinds of high-level discussions, advancing the entire profession.