Best practices in business networking

From this day forward every local networking event I attend will be missing someone. This is because Debbie Howe won’t be there. An avid networker and all around loving person, Debbie knew how to make the most of every networking event. Here are the lessons Debbie shared with us through her networking style.

Business is living and living is business.

Life does not begin when you get home from the office – rather, it’s happening right now. Living life beautifully means appreciating the people in your life wherever you are.  Whenever we take others for granted we aren’t really living.

Networking is an opportunity to have fun.

The best part about networking with Debbie was she saw each gathering as an opportunity to have fun.  Remember, business is living, so, no matter where you are, sharing a good laugh or an interesting story will bring joy to your day.

We are a community.

Networking is more than a chance to talk about your business, it’s an opportunity to appreciate each individual who makes up our business community. Those people we see month after month at chamber mixers and other functions are our peer group. When one of us is gone our group is changed forever.

Networking is about relationships.

It’s about business and it’s about people.  Every time you interact with someone, even in the smallest way, you’re building a relationship. Shaking hands, meeting new people, and inquiring about someone’s well being are all acts of significance. When you do these things you step out of yourself and make a difference.  Never underestimate your impact.

We will miss you Debbie Howe.

We will miss you Debbie.

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;  if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.  And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” – John Donne