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Traditional Business Networking: Chapter Summary
Although many people think that networking is all about Internet visibility, being able to network in real time with other professionals is just as necessary and as relevant today as it ever was. Let our experienced business professionals offer you instruction on traditional networking strategies. Explore how to take advantage of networking opportunities, develop contact databases, and avoid networking mistakes. This chapter discusses:
Finding places to network
There are many places in the real world that have major networking opportunities, but you have to know how to identify those locations. Our well-trained business professionals possess years of networking experience, and they will show you how to network at conventions and trade shows. In addition, they will also discuss how to develop a vast network of contacts in your own community.
Blending high-tech strategies with low-tech tools
One of the most common low-tech tools for networking includes the business card. Discover how to design your business card to reflect the standards of your industry. Learn how to incorporate high-tech strategies with business cards, such as using NFC chips or QR codes.
Steering clear of bad habits
When people network with strangers, they want to try and appear confident, but sometimes confidence comes off as arrogance. In our lessons, you will find out ways to avoid acting like a narcissist, wallflower, wanderer and more.
Managing your business database
Once you've established a network of clients and connections, you'll want to organize their contact information for easy access and use. These lessons show you options for organizing this data as well as demonstrate ways to use it to send out electronic newsletters.
1. Making the Most of Networking Opportunities
Networking can be incredibly effective if the proper steps are taken. Use the suggestions in this lesson to make the most out of your next networking activity and expand your contacts.
2. Business Card Basics & Strategies
A business card is a tool you can use to inform others about who you are and what you do. Use the strategies in this video to create an effective and useful business card.
3. Common Mistakes in Business Networking
Building a business network involves strengthening personal bonds and helping others. In this lesson we will learn about common mistakes in business networking and how to avoid them. Take a quiz after the lesson to test your knowledge.
4. How to Develop & Manage a Business Contact Database
Developing and managing a business contact database allows a business to keep track of customers, contact former customers, and market special services. These steps will help you be more effective in creating a contact database.
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