I'm a firm believer that you're only as strong as your network of friends and colleagues. They have the ability to take you to new heights and prevent you from falling to unbelievable lows.

And because of this tremendous value to your life and career, I wanted to give you some insights into how to establish a strong network of your own. This is a top-level view of what it takes, but it will provide you with a sturdy foundation from which you can build.

Get Connected

The first step in creating any relationship, is making one. The more connections you make, the more likely you are to have the doors of opportunity open. These opportunities can happen anywhere and everywhere, you just have to keep your eyes open.

Now for some, meeting new people can seem daunting, and I get it. I have shy tendencies. To motivate myself, I try remember I may not get this opportunity again, so I can't miss out. This, at minimum, gets me to introduce myself. And that's all you need to get a relationship started.

Stay Connected

After developing a relationship, it is critical to keep in touch. You also never want to a burn bridge because you never know when you will need to cross it.

To maintain the relationship, I recommend trying to remember important dates or events. Additionally, if you come across something that they may find helpful or interesting, don’t hesitate to send it their way. These actions may seem little, but they go a long way. This lets the person know that you actually listened to them when they spoke, while keeping you fresh in their mind. If the only time you contact them is when you need help, the relationship can easily become sour.

Keep Your Promises

Most importantly, when cultivating a relationship you need to keep your promises. Besides directly meeting people, this is the next best way to gain new acquaintances. If a person knows you're reliable, they're going to be more than willing to tell others about you and your services. Sharing a trustworthy contact makes them look good and builds up their credibility. By fulfilling your word, it turns into a win-win for everyone involved.

Networking is a vital tool in launching and maintain a successful career. The ideas and services provided by the people you come in contact may prove to be invaluable.

If you'd like to connect with me, don't hesitate to reach out on Twitter or Email.

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Article By: Tom Kieley

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Tom is the creator of Fulfillingly. He absolutely enjoys giving people the tips and tools they need to find a satisfying career or dependable employee. Tom does
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