Networking is as much as skill as it is anything else. Some people do it naturally, some try hard not to do it.
We may not like it but we are social. Many of us have actually found out that we can do more by working with others than we can on our own. We call this, TEAM Dynamics. Sometimes, playing and working as a Team works, sometimes it doesn’t. It takes much more than just saying you’re a Team and then moving forward. Everyone has to be committed at very close to the same level of commitment.
Perfect Networker, LinkedIn, Xing, ecademy, Ryze and Leads and Bids are but six examples appearing all over the net. Personally, I’ve placed my profile with more than thirty (30) different social networking sites including my own, The Seal of Liberty Society.
Here’s a thought, before you put your profile on any network ask yourself two questions: The first is, “What am I prepared to give [to the organization]?” Time, money, articles, blogs, critique, advice, help, preview, review or what? What are you prepared to give?
The second is, “What is it that you want [from the organization]?” More exposure, a specific number of inquiries, friends, dates, business, information, education or can you even define it? Do you know what you want?
One thing is absolute; you’ll only get out of something equal to the portion that you put into it. Don’t expect something for nothing; it doesn’t exist in cyberspace either. But then, What do you think?