Networking To Build Your Personal Brand
Whether you are an entrepreneur, a business owner or an employee, networking events are where you can begin to consciously develop your “personal brand”. Your personal brand is important because no matter what kind of work you do or for whom you do it, you are always you. And the essence of who you are is what you want to shine through at business networking events. It is not about what you do, but who you are that people are most interested in discovering.
Networking is a powerful, practice for business owners and professionals, depending on how you do it. So make it right for you. When you find the people and the businesses that fit you best, and build genuine, professional relationships with them, you will discover the benefits of networking at its finest.
Remember the key to developing good business relationships is to give before you ask to receive. When you meet someone at a networking event whose business or services you genuinely have interest in, find out more about their business on your own. If possible become a customer. Invite them out for coffee or a business lunch. Ask about their story, how they got into the business, their business philosophy, how they approach business, what their goals are.
Identify characteristics that you admire and respect. When you find a real connection personally and professionally, that is the beginning of a genuine business relationship. It even may have the potential to turn into a lifelong friendship that you will enjoy for years to come!
Your personal brand will soon emerge as one of genuine interest and caring for others. Business networking events are gold mines when you are sincere in your approach and objectives. Polish your personal brand. Make it more golden with each event.