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Thursday, 05 January 2017 08:13

Are most business professionals good at networking?

This question raises subjective responses.

From my perspective, of those business professionals that I know, I would say that they don’t.

A comprehensive answer requires exploration of the terms ‘good’ and ‘networking.’ And ‘business professionals’ for that matter.

Business professionals isn’t a one-size-fits-all category. There are introverts, extraverts, shy people and outgoing ones. The outgoing ones and the extraverts tend to enjoy networking more than the shy and introverted.

But just because a person is outgoing, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are ‘good’ at networking. Being a social butterfly or a chatterbox, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a good networker.

Effective networking requires strategy i.e. some thought behind what you are doing. It also involves having a purpose and a goal.

A couple years ago, I wrote a book entitled Power Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly! It provides strategies for both shy and outgoing business networkers.

As a business professional, networking is a tried and true method of not only increasing your connectedness but your earning potential.

I wasn’t a good business networker. I’m not perfect yet but I’m a lot better than many and continually work on improving my effectiveness.

Thanks for your question!

This question was originally answered on Quora.com

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