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Extending your reach means stepping outside the box and building a bridge to something bigger. Take a step that you will never regret!
One of the best ways of extending your reach outside of your organization is to attend professional gatherings like conferences, workshops, special meetings, or a brown bag symposium series. Here professional colleagues are often away from the hustle and bustle of everyday schedules and have more opportunity to focus their attention on the issue at hand.
With a combined collaborative approach, more solutions can be generated to a problem, as well as innovative insights provided for already viable projects.
Professional gatherings are also a great way for you to meet people across the industry and to build bridges between your organizations. It is also a great place to find missing skill sets for independent experts who may give their time to several spaces.
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But don’t just take my word for it. Here is what some of the industry experts suggest are some benefits of networking:
- Enhancing your interpersonal skills
- Business Leads
- Career Opportunities
- Building Confidence
- Personal Opportunities
- Recognizing best practices
- Support and Guidance (https://www.paxus.com.au/blog/7-tips-improving-professional-networking/).
Other industry experts highlight networking events as a place for seeking advice, raising your profile, creating a positive influence on the industry, and ultimately obtaining satisfaction from helping others (http://amazingbusiness.com/top-9-benefits-of-business-networking/).
So, when you have the opportunity to attend an event make every effort to do so. If you cannot physically attend, how about using a technology-based solution and Skype your way into the proceedings? You just never know who you are going to meet next. So, stay open, and be ready!
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