>How do you know if you are good at networking? How do you measure if you really understand how to network? It is easy – you are consistently seeing results – bottom line! The bottom line – always the perfect measurement.

People ask me quite a bit why I “teach/coach” networking? I teach/coach it – because I am passionate about it, and I believe it is one of the most under utilized skills. When done well, networking has more power to potentially positively impact your professional (and personal) life than any other thing you do.

So what are networking results? How do I measure it? Well you know you are good at networking if:
1. You find you are working with those businesses at the very top of your prospect list
2. Doors open easily for you and meeting with decision makers is a breeze
3. You are as much a source for referrals as a giver of referrals

If you answered no to any of those questions then congratulate yourself. You have room to grow with your networking and opportunity awaits you! When you invest in this all important skill, you find that you have the potential to make work more fun, a whole lot less stressful, andyou see more revenue driving to the bottom line.

If you answered yes to all of those questions then congratulate yourself. You are reaping your rewards and now is the time to push your networking efforts to the next level. You are already good at networking why not invest the time to become a great networker?

So where do you start? With the basics! Next series of blogs will cover where, when and how to get started. Again, I believe so much in the power of networking. And in an economy that values trust and relationship, putting your efforts in laying the groundwork for future business is a smart investment.