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Professional Networking Tips for Entrepreneurs: Choosing your dream team

Professional Networking Tips for Entrepreneurs: Choosing your dream team

 

When you’re building a business from the ground up, a strong professional network can make or break your efforts to succeed. Quality and quantity are both key elements, and having a well-balanced assortment of colleagues can help you get where you want to be. You see, it’s less about where and how you find your connections than it is about who these people represent to you. Choose wisely, and your success is assured.

No matter what kind of business you are engaged in, the who’s who of your professional network is integral. Let’s look at some of the types of individuals you should be on the lookout for as you build your company’s reputation:

1. The industry insider

Seek out a leader in your field who has their finger on the pulse of what makes your industry tick. This person will know who the movers and shakers of your business sector are – who’s hot and who’s not – and will have good insight on what the future holds. They will be able to point you towards who you should look to as a thought leader, and what the next significant trend is going to be. They’ve always got their ear to the ground, and you will always learn a lot from your conversations with them. Keep them close so you have the benefit of their experience and passion.

2. The Big Dreamer

These are the people who always have a massive, crazy idea or five on the go. Many of their ideas likely won’t see the light of day, but there’s no harm in imagining how things would be if they did. Take what they say with a grain of salt, but also take some time to visualize right along with them. It never hurts to imagine “what if”!

3. The Connector

The connector is a person who knows all the players in and around your industry. He or she is the person who knows exactly who you need to meet or speak to in order to move your ideas forward. The connector is also the person who is going to suggest you to others who can benefit from what you bring to the table. Nurture this relationship well and remarkable results will follow.

4. The Mentor

Is there somebody in your business who has achieved a level of success that you aspire to? Pay close attention, because you can learn much from them – both by their successes and by their mistakes. Examine their career in detail, and ask them questions about those aspects you don’t understand, or want to understand more about. Success can often be templated. What has worked for them may often work for you.

5. The Business Coach

In your professional network, a business coach is integral at many different stages. This is the person who can walk you through your most important decisions, offering their objective opinions without expecting anything in return. They clearly want to see you succeed, and function much like a mentor in this sense, however their role is more about helping you get where you are going through a framework of sound business logic. Their advice may not always be creative or visionary, but not everything ought to be. “Tried and true” methodologies are not referred to as such for nothing: everybody needs a little left-brained insight now and then.

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