Ways to Grow Your Network in 2012

By Diana Cordova, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce

If you have visions of growing your network or building your business this year, here are a few quick tips to point you in the right direction:

  • Set monthly networking goals and stick to them e.g. commit to attend two networking functions a month and connect with six new individuals per event.
  • Build relationships outside of obvious networking events.  Get to know your vendors better, find out what your neighbor does for a living or attend a class/seminar that exposes you to new people.  These are everyday ways to expand your circle.
  • Reengage contacts from your past.  Don’t forget colleagues, clients and friends from days gone by.  Now is the perfect time to reach out and reconnect, but make sure you do so in a genuine way.

If you think these tips make sense but you’re not sure exactly where to begin, I’ve got some ideas to get you started.

Networking With Strategy Works! Part 11 is the perfect seminar to attend to get great tips on networking and meet professionals you can add to your network.  This seminar is on January 20, 2012 and is the second in a two-part series.  If you missed the first session, don’t worry, we’ll catch you up and make sure you get the information you need.

On January 25, 2012 you’ll get a chance to put your networking skills to use at our first Business After Hours of the year.  This event will be held at The Powder Room.  Look forward to networking and cultivating strong business relationships with Denver’s top business community.  As a special bonus, The Powder Room is offering 20% off your first appointment if you attend the event.  They will also do live hair and makeup demos on a couple of guests at the event.

Growing your network doesn’t have to feel like work.  Join us at these two events and see how easy it can be.

Do you have a networking tip to share?  Leave a comment with your tip(s) or to let us know about your experiences with the tips or events above.

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