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Monday, 28 May 2018 03:20

What does it mean to build a professional network?

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As in any question, understanding the context is the key to providing the answer. This question is short on context. Lucas Bazemore provides some excellent advice on building a professional network.

I’m going to respond from a slightly different angle. When someone starts a business or goes into business for the first time, one piece of advice that is often given is to build your professional network.

While there is certainly value in developing your network with like-minded professionals that can provide opportunities, there is likely more value in developing your own ‘Success Team.”

As a business owner, you will require the services of professionals. A lawyer, an accountant, a bookkeeper, a financial planner, an insurance broker and a business consultant come readily to mind. These are services that you will need to run your business. You could likely pick and choose who you work with each time out of the Yellow Pages, many do, but you would be depriving yourself of the advantages of long-term relationships.

As these professionals get to know you, what you have to offer and that you readily send them referrals, it can be a mutually beneficial relationship. That is a professional network in action.

Thanks for your question.


Question originally answered on Quora.com

Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 20+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic.

His writing style can be described as being conversational. As an author Rae strives to have a one-to-one conversation with each of his readers, very much like having your own personal self-development coach. Rae is known for having a wry sense of humour that features in his publications.


Author of Self-Help Downloadable E-Books:

Power Networking for Shy PeoplePower Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly!

PROtect Yourself!PROtect Yourself! Empowering Tips & Techniques for Personal Safety: A Practical Violence Prevention Manual for Healthcare Workers.

E=Emcee SquaredE=Emcee SquaredTips & Techniques to Becoming a Dynamic Master of Ceremonies.

Power of PromotionPower of Promotion: On-line Marketing for Toastmasters Club Growth

You're Hired! Job Search Strategies That Work: Available as an easily downloadable e-book or as an on-line e-course. 

Phone Rae 250-451-6564 or info@raestonehouse.com

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