Friday, 9 December 2016

10 Tips for Successful Networking

There is power in networking. Do not limit the power in networking to simply finding a job. Networking can be the key to unmasking a wealth of business knowledge, referrals, market information and industry trends. Understanding how to network provides you with a mechanism to navigate through a variety of business scenarios.

Identify Specific Target Markets

Maximize your networking potential by meeting influential people. Your goal is to meet people who have the ability to effect change. Organize your group based on their specialty, location or industry to yield the most results. Developing a strategy will help you reduce your market to a manageable group.

Know Your Marketplace

In order to tap the wealth of knowledge of your group, you must be knowledgeable. The best way to become knowledgeable is to read. Read journal articles, websites and white papers to gain insight about the industry. Remaining informed will allow you to think on your feet, reducing the number of surprises you may encounter.

Be Visible and "In Play"

You must be available and engaged to network. Attend company functions, join professional organizations, and become active within your community; you must connect with people within your organization and specific industry. Consistently making yourself available is a discipline. You must commit to being available so that you can effectively network.

Always Give Something Back to Your Profession and Community

Giving back to your community provides insight to your character and places you in a position to receive rewards and benefits. Your name will become recognizable as someone active in the community. Name recognition will lead to individuals returning favors from your past good deeds.

Practice Networking Etiquette

Networking etiquette is essentially your ability to give back after you have benefited from networking. Your goal is to continue to build the relationship therefore; you must cultivate the partnership you have created. Networking is a shared exchange; it should not be one-sided with one person receiving all the benefits.

Maintain Shelf Life

In order to remain relevant, you must have a track record of accomplishments. Grow your portfolio of accomplishments focusing on your area of expertise. Your accomplishments will allow you to distinguish yourself in your market.

Create a Networking Database

Use the power of social media sites to develop a formal and effective network database. Your database should be accurate, detailed and updated frequently because it reflects your ability to network successfully.

Have a Clear, Brief Message to Deliver

Influential people are inundated with information, it is important to be memorable. Develop a succinct, professional, yet appealing message to differentiate yourself. Your message should be goal-oriented and genuine. Make sure you incorporate common interests in your message. Your common interests are the foundation of your bond with individuals within your market; nurture your bond.

Don’t Ever Stop

Once you begin networking, sustain your momentum. Most fail at networking because they tend to start and stop building relationships. Develop a plan and put it into action. Consistently following your plan means networking becomes second nature to you; you will see the results and reap the rewards.

Get Off The Couch And Dance!

It was recently reported that more than fourteen million viewers tuned in to episodes of the television show, Dancing With The Stars. That’s not surprising. Whether it’s the costumes, couples, or competition, there is something about watching the sheer spectacle, artistry, and movement that just makes us feel good! No question, just observing those amateurs and professionals foxtrot and quickstep lifts one’s spirits, but there is recent, compelling evidence that suggests everyone should do a little less watching, and a lot more dancing.

Physical Benefits

The notion that dance make us feel better is not a revelation. Dance has played an important role in fostering physical and mental health since time began. Ancient armies used dance steps to mentally prepare troops for battle. Medicine men have been dancing as part of healing rituals for centuries. Dance has been used to ward off evil spirits and heal a host of maladies. The news, however, is just how effective and therapeutic dance can be.

Dance movements generate the kind of physical activity recognized by the American Council on Exercise as aerobic activity, which has been shown to improve overall functioning of the cardiovascular, muscular skeletal, pulmonary, and circulatory systems. Studies show that dancing has been effective in lowering blood pressure, regulating blood sugar levels, boosting bone density, improving balance, flexibility, and coordination, and reducing the effects of aging.

Born to Dance

There is something innate that causes humans to respond to music and sounds with movement. From the womb, tots will move their bodies and flail their hands and arms whenever music plays. Uninhibited and uncensored, children love to twist and shake, twirl and spin. It comes naturally, and happily. Children dance because it feels good, and there is plenty of scientific support for those inclinations.

Emotional Benefits

Research shows dancing improves mental health, as well. Moving to music apparently unlocks a whole treasure trove of natural mood elevators, whether you can find your rhythm or not. Also, dancing serves to jumpstart the brain’s pleasure centers into releasing feel-good chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. The endorphins the brain releases have been proven to combat depression, reduce stress, control pain, and boost mood. Numerous research studies have also found that dancing results in a heightened sense of well-being, and have been found it to be more effective in reducing anxiety than other forms of exercise, like walking on a treadmill or bicycle riding.

In addition, the foundational movements of dance incorporate the types of body movement that studies have shown promote happiness. Specifically, jumping, skipping, and raising arms up in the air create a sense of joy. Research has also linked dance with improved mental agility, increased memory, and dancers were shown to have a reduced incidence of dementia.

To Conclude

Dance today plays a therapeutic role in healing and recovery, proving beneficial in treating cancer patients and survivors of traumatic events. While research in the area of dance and health is on-going, this much is certain: dancing not only feels good, it is very good for you. Now it’s time to set the remote down for just a moment and Cha-Cha-Cha.