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Networking is about gathering information in order to create opportunities. Opportunities create the possibility for growth. Following up on those opportunities creates success. This is why networking is one of the most important business skills you need. Nobody has built their business empire alone and every successful person has had a ‘lucky’ break or two in their careers. However, hard work creates luck. Talk to enough people, follow up on every opportunity and eventually you’ll find yourself in the right place at the right time.


The world presents us with never ending networking possibilities all the time. No matter how long you’ve been away from your passion you’ll find opportunities popping up the moment you get back in the game. They are literally everywhere. But you do have to look for them as they rarely just jump into your arms. So where do you find these opportunities?


If you’re like I was, networking conjured up bad images of handing out business cards at stuffy business luncheons to people I didn’t know. That’s why I tried my best to avoid it. Although properly targeted luncheons and workshops can be a very effective means of networking, it’s far more dynamic than that. Networking happens the moment you leave your home. Every conversation you have, every time you sit at your computer, every newspaper you read, you’re presenting yourself with an opportunity to gather information valuable to your career.


In fact, one of the best opportunities I’ve come across happened while standing in line at Tim Horton’s. While pretending not to listen intently, I overheard two ladies describing an event I thought sounded worthwhile. I attended, made four good contacts, and eventually landed three big jobs because of it. Schools, books, online forums, workshops, best friends, even dreams, they all offer the opportunity to gather information that could provide you the next big piece of your business puzzle.


So find the goals you want to reach and set the wheels in motion to make it happen. If your persistent enough and know what you want, you won’t have a hard time finding opportunities to advance your career. Remember, hard work creates good luck.

Robb Scott
Greenfield, NS
Articles copyright 2008-2009 Robb Scott ©

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