Easy breezy ways to improve your networking skills

This won’t tell you how to work a room, but how to develop and maintain relationships with people you just met, or have known for years.

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I don’t think we put enough emphasis on the power of your individual network.

Let’s first define a personal network. It’s not the number of Twitter and Facebook followers, or readers you have on your blog. That is a network, but not the one I’m talking about.

A personal network consists of the close contacts you have made over the years of being in business and at networking events. They are the people you communicate with on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. They are the people who value your business as much as you do (and vice versa).

Here’s how I’ve developed a strong personal network to help me in business and life.

1. Personal note. You would not believe how powerful a handwritten note can be. Go to a stationary store and buy personalized envelopes and cards to send to every person you meet with daily. Handwrite a note and drop it in the mail. They’ll remember you for it.

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