1. Get fresh ideas
Your network, no matter the size, is full of perspectives and ideas to help you think in new ways. The sharing of information allows you to gain new insights that you may not have thought of before. It can help you to address challenges, and in turn, you may just offer some ideas to a new contact that could also use a new way to look at the world
2. Building A Community Of Support
Networking means sharing and building community. It’s about meeting new peers and supporting each other to move towards goals. Maintaining your contacts and finding opportunities to help them creates a foundation for you to be supported in achieving your goals.
3. Career Advancement
Getting noticed is essential in building your career, and attending regular professional events will help to get yourself out there. It builds your reputation for your expertise, especially when you offer useful information to people who need it.
4. Confidence Builder
Putting yourself out there to meet new people gets you out of your comfort zone to develop invaluable social skills and self-confidence. The more you network, the more comfortable you will become.
5. Develop long-lasting personal relationships
Networking is about more than just business. It’s a way to create long lasting friendships. Your networking contacts are usually like-minded people with similar goals, so it’s not unlikely that you will make new, meaningful personal connections.