WHAT IS FIVE-STAR NETWORKING?
Networking refers to the art of creating a group of acquaintances and associates with diverse backgrounds, and keeping it active through regular communication for mutual social and economic benefit.
Five-star networking is networking at its best; it creates a network that is diverse and well cultivated. It is characterised by a number of factors:
- Five-star networking is practised with finesse and grace. It is a mark of a dignified gentleman and lady.
- It always guarantees benefits regardless of the setting or person practising it.
- It is enjoyable. Contrary to popular belief networking can be very enjoyable, continue reading to find out how.
What does five-star Networking boil down to? Building real relationships, actively maintaining them, and giving as much as you take.
Research indicates that successful managers spend 70 percent more time networking than their less successful counterparts. Learn how to network and be guaranteed exponential growth and eventually success in whatever you endeavour to do.
Benefits of five-star Networking
Embracing networking as a lifelong skill and not something you do when you want something, is one of the surest ways to succeed in both your social and professional life. Five-star networking ensures you are successful regardless of industry or economic situation it achieves this through the following core benefits;
1. Source of information
In the 21st Century it is said that the most valuable resource is information. A five-star network will ensure that you are in the know on developments on the various industries represented. This information will range from employment opportunities, current trends and anticipated changes. The great thing about this information is that it is hassle free since you do not have to research it; it is firsthand since it is received from experts in the area and timely and hence making it more valuable than any other source of information.
2. Making New Friends
Through effective networking you will be able to interact better with people and find people with the same focus as you and become friends. Due to time constraints it has become increasingly difficult to cultivate lasting relationships with friends; however Five-star networking encourages the nurturing of new and already existing relationships through constant interaction and communication.
3. Source of Income
Once you have established strong bonds within your five-star network it will come much easier to propose projects or ideas to your networks for you to take up together. Your network will be a constant source of referrals for business and thus sustaining your income. However, as a Golden rule to five-star networking, never ask for anything before establishing a strong bond with the contact.
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