Monday, November 02, 2009
I thought that was the end of it but it wasn’t. Around the same time, a colleague of mine asked me to join him for lunch. I told him about a new business I idea and he suggested that I reach out to his friend who had a lot of experience in this particular area and after our meal made an introduction via email. One thing led to another and now I’m connected with a few people who are all helping me to develop this idea. I’m confident that I can bring this new product to market faster and better than I could ever have done on my own.
Even though I thought networking was a waste of time, it happens. And it happens in a variety of ways. If you think networking is simply going into a crowded room and being uncomfortable for an hour or so, think again. Networking is a powerful tool for entrepreneurs, marketers, and professionals who want to learn, grow, and contribute.
- Join the Chamber of Commerce (attend 1 meeting/month)
- Make one new introduction per month
- Hold one Internet marketing meeting per quarter (new members)
By having a plan, albeit small, I’m creating momentum. Over time, I believe that my network will increase as well as the resources I have available. Success is easier if others can help you achieve your goals. What’s great about our niche is that Internet marketers are always willing to help. I’ve been astonished at the support and gratitude successful marketers have and their interest in helping other.