Networking is the idea of developing contacts and getting to know people. It includes building relationships with others for purposes of recognizing, creating, or acting upon opportunities. By developing long-term relationships for mutual gain and creating lasting impressions with people you will be learning a life skill which has many applications both personally and professionally.
About 20% of people are born with the natural tendency of being shy. Whether you love or hate talking to groups of people, making those key relationships is crucial in order to succeed as a Networker. Before becoming a Master Networker you must be willing to take time getting to know your own interests, skills, and values while keeping your ultimate career goal in mind. Developing business cards and maintaining an online presence are also important when preparing to network just in case you want to follow up with someone. And last but not least, when networking, the most important step is being able to comfortably talk about yourself for a specific period of time.
Erik Gunn, Fourth Year (BBA) - Finance