Key to the path towards success in obtaining a job or attaining success in business is establishing professional relationships and maintaining them for a fruitful association in the years to come. If you are by now wondering how to create and manage those relationships then you have landed on the right page.
While social or online networking is a trend these days, the age-old methods of offline networking still have its ways and charm alive to raise you up the corporate ladder. Offline networking comes into the picture when you grab every opportunity to meet new people for work purposes and keep working on those connections. This enhances your professional network and paves the way to finding more such networking opportunities and developing work relationships.
So, referring someone and someone referring you because of the offline networking you happened to do is very likely possible. Be it a new job opportunity, new sales opportunities, new manpower or new partnerships are all possible because of your networking skills. Here we would show you what are the benefits of such old-fashioned offline networking which still has the potential to outweigh the modern online mode of networking.
Offline Interactions Build Up Trust
Rather than an online communication, an in-person interaction is always easier and has the ability to build up more trust. A verbal communication gives a clue about the person’s body language, tone, and their true intentions. A non-verbal communication made via the digital realm greatly lacks in this. Looking into someone’s eye and greeting them with a good morning or hello will most likely be responded back on a positive note, however, a greeting in the offline world can easily be ignored.
A fresher looking for a job or an entrepreneur with a budding startup can easily be ignored online due to lack of a long list of credentials. However, their offline efforts in networking will always yield them a good professional trustworthy network and tons of opportunities.
Not Everyone Is on Networking Platforms
There are masses of people using LinkedIn and other social media platforms and then there are people who don’t. Given the off-screen time recommended by the doctors to today’s generation, many people tend to abstain from using social media completely. Many experienced entrepreneurs and investors who are from an older age group are followers of the offline networking methodology and sometimes aren’t even that net savvy. To be able to connect fruitfully to such people, the offline association is a must.
Of course, the Internet was a boon in the age of globalization however offline bonding with locals makes the best connections. Meeting offline with locals rooted in the same city and attending local events, seminars and meetings can in turn gift you with a pool of opportunities.
Budding entrepreneurs or job enthusiasts looking for a job in the same city that they are in can really benefit from such strong local connections. More and more local people can be approached one-on-one for project collaborations or coffee or tea meetings which really turns beneficial in building up a strong local network and is good for your repute.
Face to Face Discussions Are Wonderful
There are millions of profiles on social media platforms inclusive of their billions of pictures. It is extremely difficult to remember pictures from a profile or of someone who jumped for an opportunity on an online thread. However, face to face discussions leave sharp memories of the persons face and the discussions that you had.
Face to face interactions gives an opportunity to also understand the body language of either party which with some practice can improve your ability to understand your counterparts thought-process and act accordingly. Hence, offline networking is worthy enough to win over the confidence of your potential customers or employers.
Diversifying Strategies to Achieve Success
Employing diverse strategies is the key to a successful venture which is why only practicing online networking habits does not stand that effective. To become a successful entrepreneur or professional, offline networking strategies will also have to be adopted.
Throwing your arms open for any opportunity to network, be it offline or online would definitely pull you up the corporate ladder and help you build a strong network of like-minded individuals and potential customers. After all, “it is not what you know but who you know” which counts in our professional lives.
Online networking has made this world a smaller place. People across borders can easily connect, interact and form professional bonds because of the social medium without having to meet any of them in person. Life is a lot easier with online networking. However, there is no substitute for meeting someone in person. To be professionally successful in maintaining a balancing act between both the worlds of offline and online networking is extremely important and recommended.