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Networking opportunities

0722blogtease Networking has grown in popularity in recent years, and continues to grow across all segments of society. What was once merely a buzz word has now become a viable tool in personal, professional and social development.

But what is networking?

Networking happens when people and/or organizations who have a common interest come together to support one another and share information.

Sound boring?

Not so fast.

When done correctly - and often - the phenomenon known as networking has the potential to enhance your life, your business and your career.

People from all walks of life "network" all the time, even if they do so unwittingly. Parents meet with other parents for support with raising their kids. Students seek out other students for friendship and help with school work. And gamers network with other gamers to learn about the hottest new tricks and secrets. The list goes on.

Then there's the business professional. These folks take networking to a whole new level by purposefully seeking out situations and events where they can build relationships and enlarge their spheres of influence.

As the adage goes, it's not what you know, but who you know.

In the business world, meeting and knowing the right people can lead to closing the sell, getting the story, or landing the job.

Businesses and careers are built in such ways. 

So, what are you doing to develop your business and career this week?

Are you looking to schmooze at a Business After Hours event? 
Maybe you're a morning person who wants to tell others about your business at the Urbandale AM Exchange?
Perhaps you'd like to sit in on a panel discussion with local entrepreneurs and small business owners
Young professionals have a place to connect, too.

For a more complete listing of networking events in the Des Moines area visit the Business Record's event calendar.

By the way, don't forget the business cards!

~ Todd Razor


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I think Des Moines is a perfect city for networking, mainly because it is likely you will run into the person you just met another time down the road. That is why it is always important to make sure you remember that persons name, there is no worse way to make a second impression than forgetting a name.

I agree. I have heard several people refer to Des Moines as a "best kept secret." The people here are generally very approachable and easy to talk to. And building relationships - beginning with a name - is a great way to do business.

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