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Q: How do you expand your professional network?

Posted by bizcoachjason on November 4, 2008

Join the discussion at http://tinyurl.com/65nm74

I borrowed this question from a LinkedIn group discussion board (http://snipurl.com/53kna).  Here is my posted answer:

I like the question as a way to start a good discussion.  Here are several actions that people can take to expand their professionals networks:

 – First, you have to be in the presence of someone – physically, virtually, etc.
 – You have to meet and connect with people
 – Go to networking events such as Linked n Chicago, BNC or Meetup http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoBusinessDevelopmentForum
 – Follow up with people you meet
 – Create relationships based on common interests, goals, causes, or philosophies
 – Join online groups (such as http://snipurl.com/4zcvf)
 – Introduce yourself both one-on-one and also to a group discussion board
 – Tell people about how you can help them
 – Be of service without expecting anything in return
 – Don’t just try to sell people. Networking isn’t about sales (but the sale will come if you do the other things)
 – In addition to offering help, also ask for it when you have a need; allow others to be of service to you and share their expertise.

There are many more ideas. These are some of the big ones that I help people plan out and execute when they are building their businesses.

What are some other thoughts from the group members?

All the best,
“Biz Coach” Jason Rosado

Website: http://www.AchieveYourIdealBusiness.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BizCoachJason
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