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Nour is a global keynote speaker on relationship economics and explains in this books and his speeches of the hidden assets of relationships and the art and science of investing in them. Nour is a native of Iran whose parents sent him to the United States to live with a relative in hopes for a better life. He had no fluency in English but went on to earn an Executive Master’s of Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management. Nour stresses the importance of building relationships.
What is networking and why bother? Networking is about engaging with others and building relationships. Effective networking is doing it strategically and getting it done. Social capital helps us function in everyday situations and can change your life. Effective networking is being prepared and having goals you want to reach. It can make a difference in your life and establishes a positive mindset. Become interested in others first to get what you want and be sure to connect with the right people. Be clear about your networking goals and make it happen. Build your tool set and turn it into results and put it all together. There is power in influence. Access and relationships with others helps us to get things done. We all utilize referrals for the right doctor, furniture, etc., which all come from personal influence.
Mr. Nour is big on establishing a networking mindset. Networking can make the process of looking for a job, growing a business, selling a business, finding tickets, etc., more fun and easier. It has to be something you do naturally without hesitation. If you decide to start exercising or eating right, utilizing networking can be fun and beneficial. It needs to become a part of what you do every day. Developing an effective networking mindset takes time. Effective networking can mean getting out of your comfort zone and maybe striking up a conversation with someone you don’t know. Life is too short to be in a job or relationship you don’t want to be in. Relief comes from taking action and a commitment to change the behavior and skills.
There can be obstacles to change to get to the right mindset. Fear is the biggest obstacle – fear of the unknown and what if. Getting out of your comfort zone isn’t always easy. There can be prejudice – some won’t talk to other co-workers based on their different titles or degrees. Interacting with as many different people as possible builds relationships and opportunities. Maybe you think you’re too busy and have no time to network to meet others. Others think they are not that interesting. This is not true as everyone can be a benefit to others. You may know more about something than the other person.
Overcome obstacles by starting slow and doing them in small doses. Attend events that you have something in common with others. Or go with another person. Or volunteer in something you enjoy. Networking skills are like a muscle – the more you use … Read more