There is no skill more vital to an entrepreneur than effective networking. You can't build your business alone, and networking is the best way to open doors, professionally and personally. For introverts like me, it's not easy to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people, but if you approach the challenge correctly, I have found that it can actually be fun as well as productive.
I just finished a new book, "Hopping Over The Rabbit Hole," by Anthony Scaramucci, a well-known entrepreneur, financier, and television co-host of Wall Street Week. He highlights the value and "how-to" of business networking strategy in eight key bullets which resonate with me, and I believe every aspiring entrepreneur practice these early:
Of course, business networking is just the beginning of your journey into entrepreneurship, In his book, Scaramucci offers much more - a firsthand, introspective, and candid account of his own failures, successes, and insights that led him to business and financial success. He offers inspiration and a concrete blueprint for achieving your dreams, despite unexpected adversity.
I've focused here on the how and why of business networking because I find that technical entrepreneurs, in particular, are often quick to discount and ignore the value of business relationships, in favor of technical conferences and peer experts.
As a technologist myself, I had to learn the hard way that while solutions can be built by a person or two, it takes a network to build a business. How robust is yours today?
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