Different Types of Networking
The best way to define the different types of networking is to break each one down. With the Internet abundant in all of our lives, networking comes in many shapes and sizes, but which networking option is best for you?
Networking Groups - Online networking groups like Biznik where their motto is "going it alone..together," is a great way to find networking articles, groups in your area, attend networking workshops both on and off-line, and gain networking tips. Along with business advice, Biznik offers over 350 articles on business networking alone. It is free to join Biznik and you can select your city to start conversations with other business owners in your area. Another idea is to seek out your Chamber of Commerce and inquire about networking workshops and meetings. If there are none in your area, host one.
Networking by Lifestyle - Many networking experts will tell you that simply finding other business owners in your area and hosting a lunch or event is not enough. Networking by lifestyle in a good way to intertwine your likes, including business likes, by deliberately networking though your lifestyle activities. For example, if golf is your game, you can make a lot of contacts on the golf course, even if they aren't in the same business. Every small business owner you meet through lifestyle networking can offer some sort of advice, tips, and even refer customers.
Social Networking - With websites like Facebook, Twitter, Digg and StumbleUpon, you can turn your website or blog into a network by sharing your knowledge and asking questions. Writers on Bright Hub often use these social networking services to promote their articles, read articles of colleagues and link to other writer's websites. Read Five of the Best Social Networking Sites to Help Market Your Business to gain valuable knowledge about social networking.
Trade Shows - How often have you gotten a brochure on an upcoming trade show in your area and just thrown it in the trash? Many business owners think trade shows are all about sales pitches. While vendors do offer best-selling and new products at trade shows, have you ever thought of how many people you could meet at a trade show or how many hands you can pop your business card into? Learn more about the benefits of trade shows by reading Tips for Attending Trade Shows.