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How to grow and nurture your network without losing your sanity


We have been talking about the importance of business networking for the 21st century employee. Part of this is growing your network but that raises a number of questions: how big should your network be? How many connections is enough? Is there in fact a limit to the size of your network?

We live in hectic times. We all wake up in the morning feeling we didn’t get enough sleep and go to bed feeling we didn’t get enough done. In among this hectic schedule you now have to carve out time to network more. What’s worse is that as you do find the time and your network grows, you will come up against the same harsh reality that everyone else does. Doing this well can take up a lot of time and effort; and we all only have the same 24 hours to work with each day.

The problem is that once established, relationships require just as much effort to keep them alive, especially once it becomes physically difficult to meet face-to-face on a regular basis. It is the effort we put into a friendship that signals our honesty and reliability as a friend.

This is because relationships are like plants, they need constant attention to stop them withering and dying.

In this crazy, hectic world we live in where the boundaries between work and life are increasingly blurred, we have all had the feeling that we are so busy running to stand still that we have neglected important relationships, both at work but more importantly with our closest friends and family.

How then do some people manage to grow and maintain networks of thousands, while others struggle managing their couple of hundred connections?
 

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By Robin Chambers
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