We have two similar Ask Ivan questions today. Diana asks “What’s the best way to grow and optimize my network, and how many networks are too many?” Justyna asks “How much time does it take to create strong visibility and credibility in the BNI organization, and how do you go about doing that?”
How Many Networks?
Dr. Misner advises belonging to one of each of these four kinds of networks, rather than multiples of any one of them. Go deep and build relationships in each of them.
- Casual contact networks (like chambers of commerce)
- Strong contact networks (like BNI)
- Community organizations (service clubs like Rotary or Kiwanis)
- Knowledge networks (professional organizations)
How Long Does It Take?
It doesn’t matter what business you’re in, it takes a certain amount of time before people have confidence in your business. To be above average, you want to spend about 8 hours a week on networking.
Expect it to take at least 6 months to establish confidence–and also expect the number of referrals you get to increase every year if you invest time in networking and 1-2-1s.
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