A study by Network Wise (see below) has shown that networking can improve quality of life. Having a strong social network is an indicator of psychological, emotional and physical wellness. The lack of a social network is connected to poor health and increased risk of mental and physical ailment.
Strong and healthy networks lead to decreases in:
- Breast Cancer
- Premature Death
There is more to networking, and technology is changing everything.
We traditionally think of networking as a chamber of commerce meeting, where you meet in the evening for free drinks, exchange business cards, hanging out and maybe look for a new job. Or people think it may be getting as many LinkedIn connections as possible.
Networking is changing. Network Wise has discovered that networking is used for more than getting a new job. New business opportunities are uncovered, leads are being exchanged, new scientific discoveries are being made. Technology is driving the change. With sites like LinkedIn and Alignable, we can extend our professional networks beyond our local area and with sites like Facebook and Twitter, we are able to drastically increase our social networks.
The are three types of networks: Operational, Personal and Strategic. Operational allows us to engage with people who are central to our business success. Personal allows for socialization and we can seek out mentors and share ideas with Strategic networks.
Online or Face-to-Face?
The answer is both. Even though technology has allowed us to create more far-reaching networks, face-to-face networking is still important. Online networking can increase the size of your network, but face-to-face networking can help you build more meaningful relationships. The goal of an online connection is to gain a face-to-face meeting.
Is there an opportunity to make money?
Networking’s importance increases every day. It is creating more opportunities, growing businesses, and creating jobs. The franchising industry has a way for you to get involved and develop your own groups. Network In Action is disrupting the networking industry. It is using technology to help its franchisees build long-lasting and valuable relationships. They have developed a system that has a low investment and a quick ROI. They give their franchisees the ability to give back to the community and help all its members grow their businesses and not have to sacrifice time.
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