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Business Networking Skills for the Home Based Business Owner
By Debra Fine

Venturing out to do “networking” becomes even more challenging when you are a home-based businessperson. As a home base business owner myself, I understand the challenges. Most of our human interaction is via the Internet, telephone of fax. We become unaccustomed to interacting face to face, especially with people we don’t know. First and foremost we must take the risk of attending association, industry, education or chamber of commerce events. I make reservations and block out the time and date. No excuses, I paid, now I must attend! I make myself do this at least twice a month. When I don’t discipline myself to do this I fall into a rut. Never meeting new people. Never expanding my educational horizons. Once I arrive at the event I employ the following conversational skills and techniques:

As long as you keep looking for new people to meet, and you show an interest in other people, you can make friends and enjoy lively conversations. John Nesbitt suggested in his book Megatrends, in this high-tech world we live in, most of us long for high-touch. That includes reaching out to connect with others who not only will buy from us but also will connect us with others and enhance our lives.

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