Everybody’s Networking! Are YOU in the game?

There’s no denying that social media is now a key player in the networking arena.  Regardless of which ‘platform’ you prefer, being able to connect, converse and stay in touch through the internet has and will continue to have a major impact on building relationships and business. That being said, networking is not going away.  In fact, more and more ‘local’ and ‘national’ networking organizations are on the scene stronger than ever before.  Why is that so?  Because, in spite of the ease and availability of online communication, the importance of face to face networking, real time connection and building relationships in one’s local community continues to be valuable.  Perhaps it’s safe to say, both online and offline business building will continue to remain relevant.

As for me, I’m a face to face networking gal.  I like hugs, eye contact, familiar faces and re-connecting with individuals who come and go in my life.  I prefer sitting and sharing, complimenting and engaging in real time.  There’s something special about recognizing someone at an event, introducing someone you know to someone they need to meet or finding out what is happening in the lives of people I see that are where I am.

Networking for both relationship building and business growth cannot be overstated. Sure, one can sit in front of a monitor all day to do both.  However, the value you get from being at an event, listening to a speaker, conversing with individuals being together at a table and possibly brainstorming I believe are some of the most effective ways to share about you and the passion you have behind the products or service you offer.  People are more likely to remember you, refer business to you and want to spend time with you when you show up, listen and help them with the challenges they face whether personally or professionally.

Networking remains the #1 way to achieve what you want and deserve. When you connect effectively, you get effective results.  When you remain steadfast in having a servant attitude, you get results.  When others see that you stand out because you are sincere and generous, you get results.  Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you network.  Never underestimate who you may meet or who will meet you!  There’s power in networking. If you are NOT in the game, you need to be!  All it takes is to: Get Up!  Get Out! Get Going!

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  • Vicky V. Bates
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    Great message Bonnie! The more close relationships in your circle of influence, the more people think of you when they think of needing your services. Giving the networking venue of choice some time to develop those relationships is also important! I’m glad I stayed in the game with Xperience Connections!!! This time last year when I joined XC I did not think I would be an XC leader. I am learning more about the power of influence leadership has on others in ways I had not thought of before. If you are not networking, you may loose many opportunities in lost relationships.

    • bonnie
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      Thanks for being such a gr8 student, Vicky. We LOVE having you part of the XC Leader Sisterhood. Keep doing what you love and others will love supporting you! Hugs, dear Friend!

  • Kathy Phillips
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    So glad you introduced me to the XC networking events because I totally agree with you. Particularly for those of us who work alone or work from home, it’s easy to become isolated. Meeting other female entrepreneurs and making meaningful connections makes all the difference!

    • bonnie
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      Supporting one another…developing lasting relationships…fostering business…so happy you get what we are all about. Do come often as we really love your spirit, your energy and U! You make a difference, too!

  • Jennifer Elin Cole
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    Get Up! Get Out! Get Going!…..all lead to Getting Smart, Getting Recognized, and Getting Better. You’re right, one’s passion for their product or service transfers through a smile better than via a phone or laptop. Thanks for reminding us!

    • bonnie
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      I simply will never get how online can replace face to face! I’m about hugs, smiles and warmth. So, when you participate at my XC – I get to feel your hug, witness your smiles and am touched by your warmth. That simply doesn’t happen with FB! Thanks for your comment, Jennifer!

  • SONYA MARTINEZ
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    Hi Bonnie! Great message! I do love to network and the XC networking style resonates with me. It’s great to network however, it’s even more important to build those relationships with the people you meet. This platform allows you to do just that. When you get to know someone, you begin to love and trust them and in turn you’ll find yourself connecting and referring that person to more opportunities. Thank you for “picking me up” and inviting me to your amazing network group. I’ll see you at the next one.

  • bonnie
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    I’m so happy I DO pick up strangers! Meeting you at the BIG Expo was my good fortune. Thanks for being part of our XC Sisterhood (You are once you attend once by the way!) Glad you found us to be ‘just what the doc ordered!’ Happy to have you return over and over again. When someone needs to engage in real estate, the relationship(s) you foster here will prove powerful and profitable! Happy Connecting!

  • Dana Ellington
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    In just two events, I’ve connected with people who are instigating significant, positive change in my life and business (which really are one and the same). There is truly power in connected with others face to face. Bonnie, the Xperience Connections networking events are just what I needed. I look forward to attending many more.

    • bonnie
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      Dana – you offer so much value with your passion and expertise! I love that women are responding to you, benefiting from your skills! Happy that you found XC when you were looking for a ‘networking home’. My door is always open for you to come on back!

  • Tamay
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    I tell that to people everyday! They want to use social media in place of face to face and nothing can replace it, and I do social media! There are different ways to build relationships but the “old fashioned” is the quickest way to build trust and get those clients and collaborators.

  • bonnie
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    I absolutely appreciate the ‘relationship’ that exists between online and offline connections. And, knowing you as I do, I feel particularly blessed that you promote both! I may be ole fashioned, however, being WITH someone in REAL TIME is and will always be what keeps me excited about what I do! Hats off and thanks for your comment.

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