3 Methods to Really Learn Networking

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Having recently launched our first book on Networking — “How to Network Anytime, Anywhere, with Anyone: Book 1 – Live Events” — I shared a personal message about three big announcements I had. After sending, I got some interesting feedback.

Someone loved ‘how each of the three items was unique in how it developed a particular networking skillset’. It got me thinking about the different ways a person could improve their networking prowess.

We all learn and in grow in different ways. However, there are three main methods to build our abilities in connection, engagement and leadership. I shall demonstrate within the context of the actual announcements…

1) Our book is now LIVE on Amazon and Kindle! Get either version here.

That’s right, books! What a great way to learn. You can dive into theory, stories, and deep explanations with the magic of the written word. There are tons of books on networking out there besides my own. One of my favourites is “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. People can learn a ton by reading. But you still need to act and experience.

2) Meet the Authors at Cool Connections big Holiday Mixer TODAY Dec 4, 7:30pm. Both Ryan and I will be giving out signed copies of our new book at the event and we’d love to meet you. You can register here. Use the code BeCool20 to save 20% off.

Is there any greater substitute for learning than by real-life practice? The best networkers never took a course or read dozens of books (cough cough, that used to be me). They just went out and did it.

The best networkers learned from watching others, engaging talented people, asking the right questions and making tons of mistake. All the while, they reflected and added that experience to a more diverse toolkit. Experiential learning usually has the most profound affect to embed the networking tools you need. So go to events like Cool Connections, learn from the best to become the best.

3) SOMETHING SPECIAL: Launch of my Networking Mastery Program. I have just put together a complete outline of EVERYTHING I have come to know and discover about true and authentic networking. This high-end coaching program launches Tuesday December 9 at 9pm. Interested? Learn more here!

This method is all about focus. A training course or program has two main benefits.

  1. First off, for those who have trouble learning from books, have lots of questions or seek more one one one interaction with a trusted expert (vs. the stress of live events), a coaching program offers that and more.
  2. Second, it offers a way to train the relative newbie or the intermediate professional in a most comprehensive and detailed way that can be a game changer relative to where they began.

Most programs offer numerous tools and tactics, go into great details and focus on mindset and preparation to really drive home the message and instil the learning. A training course or coaching program, whether one day or 12 weeks long offer a far better customization and personalized approach.

Of course there is the ‘all of the above’ or a mix of the above approach — usually 1 & 2 or 2 & 3 — .which is understandable as you need to have live practice.

CONCLUSION

The best thought leaders in building connections and relationship building have leveraged all three methods. They read…alot. They spend time at events. They have a coach or seek training. This willingness to learn broadly and deeply separates them as the best in the business.

So how do YOU learn? What methods have been the best for learning networking, connecting and building relationships?

Got any thoughts, ideas or feedback for me? I appreciate hearing from you. Let me know if you ever have any questions too. You can call, e-mail or tweet anytime.

Wishing you all the best on your connection crusade!

Bobby

www.raeallan.com

Twitter: @raehanbobby