The process of developing and activating your relationships to increase your business, enhance your knowledge, expand your sphere of influence or serve the community. So in essence, networking is part of the process you go through to build a referral- based business. Through networking, you can deliver your positive message effectively. Referrals are the end result.
(By Ivan Msiner, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of BNI)
Having a well-established network has become an important part of our lives. The easiest way to expand your network is to build on the relationships with people you know: family, friends, classmates, colleagues and acquaintance. Actually, we are all expanding our networks daily.
You must develop relationships and connections within your network to have more opportunities to advance your career. Attending meetings and social events hosted by your professional association is a great way to connect with people in your field.