Networking Serves a Valuable Purpose

One to go for successful completion of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for July- here’s #30! The suggestion for today was to talk about those who have helped us get where we are today. Rather than discussing individuals, I wanted to mention how valuable networking has been for me.

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In my experience, networking has made significant differences in my productivity, my time management, and my overall sense of “community” with like-minded people.

 

Let’s face it, everyone needs encouragement from time to time. Accountability partners provide a valuable service, as well. It’s one thing to list your goals for the day for your own benefit – it’s quite another to regularly list them in a group with others doing likewise.

 

In addition to that accountability factor, you can also benefit from the encouraging environment, shared tips for success, inspiration and motivation, and support when things don’t go quite as expected.

 

If you stay with a group of people with mutual goals long enough, you learn you can trust each other, and often form valuable friendships and alliances.  This often initiates additional benefits, such as shared promotional efforts, more exposure for each other’s endeavors, guest blogging, and/or bartering of professional services.

 

You can find valuable networking groups on various private forums, such as Jumpstart Your Day, Facebook, LinkedIn, and many other places. Whether you join one or a few, you will likely notice a positive change in your overall attitude and achievement of goals.

 

Do you participate in networking with other writers or freelancers in other areas of specialization?

 

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9 comments to “Networking Serves a Valuable Purpose”

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  1. Kathy - July 30, 2013 Reply

    Networking is one of the best reasons to blog. Visiting from the Ultimate Blogging Challenge!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com
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  2. This Diva - July 30, 2013 Reply

    Networking has definitely enriched my life. The new people that I’ve come in contact with have been sources of encouragement and motivation.
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  3. ramona - July 30, 2013 Reply

    Nice post, all great thoughts. The UBC has been the first time I have felt a sense of community with my writing. I am very grateful for all the new blogs I’ve discovered that will help keep me motivated.
    ramona recently posted..My Life Tastes Good

  4. Debra Jason - July 30, 2013 Reply

    I’m a big advocate for networking online and offline. Check out opportunities in your local community such as Chamber of Commerce, MeetUps, Biz & Professional Women, etc. There are so many choices.
    You asked about groups for writers, I’m a member of local women’s media group – there are fabulous women there. It’s been a great community.

    Life is about building relationships and so is marketing.
    Thanks.
    ~Debra
    Debra Jason recently posted..Put Away the Bon-Bons, Get Off the Couch and Get Inspired

  5. Francene Stanley - July 31, 2013 Reply

    I love seeing what my ‘friends’ are doing or thinking about each day. That gives so much meaning in finding a new blog subject to share.
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  6. Amy - July 31, 2013 Reply

    KAREN, one thing that I’ve been disappointed about this month (the July UBC) is that I’ve been so busy with other projects that I haven’t had the time to “hang out” with my blogging friends, reading everything they’ve written, etc. It really can be a great learning process.
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  7. Alicia - July 31, 2013 Reply

    I’m a member of one blogging Facebook group, but I’d like to find more. I agree, networking is very important.
    Alicia recently posted..5 Reasons Blogging Isn’t For You

  8. Melinda - July 31, 2013 Reply

    Networking — online and in person — is very helpful. Great post.
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  9. Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A. - August 1, 2013 Reply

    Interesting view of networking.
    I generally would not consider networking for that purpose. I need to have trust (mutual, of course) before an opinion would matter… But, I can see others with a different take on that situation.
    Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A. recently posted..Water- for our diet and our brains!

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