You don't need to attend a specifically organised business networking event in order to participate in or benefit from 'networking'.
As the Martini Ad used to say - networking can be done, "any time, any place, anywhere" (for those of us old enough to remember it).
You never know who you might meet or where you might be when an opportunity arises.
Networking is about talking to people and building relationships and that can be done anywhere.
- Chatting with someone in a queue.
- Out at a social event.
- At training events or meetings.
- While away on holiday.
- Indulging in a favourite pastime or activity.
This doesn't mean you're forcing your business down everyone's throat at every opportunity - after all, that's not what networking is about anyway.
It does mean that you never know where a random introduction might lead or what opportunities can arise from any conversation you have - formally, informally, at home or at work.
Don't limit your networking. Where have you found opportunities to network that you didn't expect?
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