Building a Quality High Performance Professional Network in the “Knowledge” Economy

In the knowledge-rich society and professional world we live in, building a quality high performing professional network should be a focus for every professional knowledge worker. More than ever, we need to be connected and integrated in communities that provide mutual value. It is no longer enough to have a network consisting of all the people you meet at conferences, through work or at other events.

We need to pro-actively develop and manage our professional network as an integral part of our career management in the knowledge economy. This is far more than just having the inter-personal skills to talk to people and make meaningful contact that can grow into lasting professional links. Having these skills is great, and we need them. But managing our professional network needs to go beyond that.

  1. We need to be able to ascertain the quality and performance of our professional network.
  2. We need to know what the strengths and weaknesses are of our current network.
  3. We need to know how to pro-actively manage our network to ensure we prepare for the next step in our career.

In order to do all of this we need to understand how knowledge is generated and shared in societies. We also need to understand how different kinds of people fulfill different requirements for knowledge. And, importantly, we need to know what our strengths are in professional networking.

When we look at our current professional network, we need to be able to identify strengths and weaknesses, and have a road map of how to improve and refine our professional network to serve us best, and also optimize value for all other members of our network.

Just like we suffer from an information overload in the current online and knowledge-rich world, we can end up having a large number of people that we know, but we do not derive the value that we could from the network because it is not suitable for our career, or is so overloaded that we are not able to have focused contact. We can end up wasting time by increasing the size of our network without really improving its quality and performance in our career or for anybody else in the network. If we allow that to happen, we also do not do others a service, because we all become numbers in one another’s professional networks rather than a well-functioning community that add value for one another.

There are more and more online tools and facilities that enable us to build global professional links and networks. The aim is not to participate in as many of them, or even to have as many contacts as possible. Rather, we need to utilize these wisely in order to build meaningful and useful professional networks that will become an integral part of the success of our careers.

Most courses (and online courses), as well as other information about professional networks focus on the inter-relational and social skills we need to build good links with others. These are important, but do not necessarily mean we’ll end up with a good professional network. Information on how to ensure quality and optimize value from the network for all participants is not readily available.

However, a quality, well-designed and high performance professional network is imperative in the knowledge economy.

Social Networking Information – What Is It Saying About Network Marketing?

Social Networking Information available to networkers is telling them that networking has changed. Why don’t they listen? Because most network marketing professionals still believe that networking is pressing the flesh. Why? Because network marketing has not yet embraced social media as a legitimate form of personal communication.

Isn’t it amazing that Network Marketers, who have changed the way Millions purchase products and make a living, don’t seem to “get it” that a fundamental change has taken place in the way people network.

Who can blame them? Just a few short years ago networking meant going to a business mixer or picnic with family and friends. While network marketing companies have been working overtime to understand and to implement social media marketing into their systems, it just has not happened; yet.

However, it will. The sheer number of people online and the demographics of those user will bring social network marketing into the networkers business development plan – especially when they realize they can use social media while their prospects sleep. So what is social network marketing and how can you use it?

Believe it or not social networking is natural networking, actually, a lot more natural than meeting presentations. Why do I say such a thing? In an effective meeting presentation the audience is influenced 7% by what is said, 38% by how it is said and 55% by physical visual presence. Thus the saying, “people hear you music not your words.”

Online it’s a different ball game. Your audience does not see or hear your presentation. In fact, there is no presentation. If you try to present to your online audience they click you out of their life. This will change as the demographics of the online audience change and video becomes more sophisticated. However, for now you don’t present or sell to your audience; you communicate and build a relationship.

How can you “naturally network” on the Internet. Instead of smiling, nodding and promising, as you might do in a face to face situation, online you find out what people need and help them get it. That’s why, I believe, that the industry will become even more attractive to stay at home moms and women in general. Sorry guys, nothing personal, however, you just don’t communicate as well as women do. Currently about 85% of the Direct Selling?Network Marketing industries independent distributors are women.

Did you know that the fastest growing user category on Facebook, which has over 500,000,000 users, is women 55 to 65 years old. Why? That’s a whole article in itself, however, one reason is that the Baby Boomers want to re-kindle and form new relationships and social media is providing them with just the vehicle they are looking for.

However, the Baby Boomers are only a small segment of the changing networking landscape. Did you that in 2010 generation Y outnumbered the Baby Boomer generation. They grew up online and would rather text than talk.

O.K. what do you do? Sorry, I can’t offer you a magic bullet or quick fix that will transition you to a social networking superstar? It just doesn’t work that way. It’s a process. Here is how the process works:

You want to establish a presence as a contributing community member who cares and provides something of value, other than your opportunity, at Facebook and Twitter.

You want to create a YouTube channel and provide personal prepared video clips that offer something of value and an opportunity to meet you in person, so to speak.

Yes, you want to have a business Website which is current and professional.

And you want to start a blog which you post to consistently.

The five elements act as the funnels to draw people through your Blog to you and your offer. See this isn’t going to be that tough. You just need to be consistent and real.

Popular Affiliate Networks – Information That Newbies Need to Know About Affiliate Networks

Whether you’re a businessman or a business woman, the most convenient way to add customers and to raise your profit is by using an affiliate network. Some of the popular networks are the following:

Click2Sell is a free online affiliate network that provides the companies the opportunity to earn big. The marketers can instantly accept payments, run an affiliate program, begin selling products or offer services and add products to the market place. Click2Sell also gives the marketers the power to know how their customers were able to find out about their products, such as what keywords they used to find the products that the marketers are promoting. By advertising the best products, the affiliates will be earning money easily.

The most popular affiliate program in the world today is Google AdSense. Who doesn’t know about this program? This is the most used and most efficient program today. You see it in Google, Friendster, Facebook, MySpace, anywhere in the internet. It is in fact very hard to remove on your Friendster account no matter how hard you try to remove it. Google AdSense is very easy to use by anyone who wants to earn money by just posting appropriate ads to their website. As the owner of the website, you have the power to choose what type or what kind of products will be advertised on your page.

AffiliateWindow dot com is the most popular affiliate network in the United Kingdom. This is because they have many programs that offer appealing commissions. You can also choose to provide contextual promotions, however these depends on the keywords you provide instead of the one taken from the context of every web page.