NETWORKING – the relationships you build and maintain with other professionals – has become the most valuable skill in a professionals’ tool kit. The days when managers and executives devoted the majority of their lives to working for one company are over. Due to the invention of new technologies, corporate acquisitions, downsizing, the movement of businesses and manufacturing operations overseas and the shrinkage of middle management within many organizations, jobs are becoming more scarce, particularly for those in mid- to senior-level management. In the current landscape, the average employee tenure is just under five years, and under three years for millennials. We need to build, extend and maintain our connections with a wide variety of experts, when we are employed and when we are not!
Networking isn’t rocket science. In a way, we have all been networking our whole lives. You have been building and maintaining relationships with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues throughout your lifetime. While professional networking is for a different purpose and goals, it starts with same basic principles as you use with personal relationships. But, it does require attention and diligence in maintaining these relationships. In short, professional networking has rules, both written and unwritten. Do it right and you have strong connections that will serve you for life; do it wrong and you miss out on opportunities to grow professionally.
Considering the importance of networking in every professional's career in the 21st century, it's surprising how little many of us know about the intricacies and mechanics of essential networking skills.
BENG has a national network of powerful networking professionals who have come to value long-term professional relationships with other like-minded people who are in a position to mentor, advise and share leads and contacts with each other. Once you become a member, you will benefit from the “members helping members” philosophy, you will understand the true power in networking, and make it a lifelong process.
BENG Networking Tools
While the membership database is the heart of the benefits of BENG, the networking process our members learn and use is the soul. Our networking processes and practices have been developed and refined over our 10 years in existence. BENG has embraced the use of new technology and incorporated it into our networking process to make it more powerful than ever.