“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

African Proverb

Have you ever found that talking to other people has given you new ideas, inspired you to keep going or given you an opportunity to discuss concerns? If you’re like me, the answer to that question is a definite “yes”.

Networking can take many forms these days – it can be spending a bit more time with staff within your own organisation, talking to people from other organisations at networking events, attending workshops or action learning sets, not to forget the huge influence that connecting with others through social networking has on all of our personal and working lives.

I’ve been in organisations where even though people are working in the same office, it’s not natural for them to get together to solve problems or learn from each other’s experience. Networking within a team or organisation is so helpful in sharing good practice and not ‘reinventing the wheel’.

Most of us are connected to others through social media and it’s meant a huge change in our communication – sometimes to an overwhelming degree!

However we choose to do it, it’s important to network with others, to be open to other people’s opinions or experiences, and to reciprocate by being willing to share our own.