The word “networking” has such a bad connotation. I know networking is important, but just hearing the word wears me out.
Networking can wear me out … if I network too much or too hard.
I think we all know life is … like a box of chocolates? No that’s not where I was going with this.
Life is “all in who you know”. And networking helps extend that “who you know” circle.
So who should be networking and maintaining a network? Everyone.
I’m not just talking about business networking here. It takes work to maintain friendships, even family relationships. But it is worth it. These are the people you can count on and lean on and have fun with!
Another way to maintain a network is local groups with similar interests and hobbies. Meetup is a great way to find out about local moms groups, running groups, cycling, art, jazz, diy-ers, you name it.
Lastly, be sure to maintain an online network. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are all great ways to stay connected and, better yet, feel connected with others even when you can’t make every social outing of the year.
So, do you network? 🙂
Until next time…