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Why You Can’t Survive Without Networking

The word “ networking ” brings to mind the Internet. The mention of the word reminds you of Facebook and Twitter, and hundreds of websites catering to practically every field of interest that one can think of – from gardening to dating, from cooking to car-racing, from books to politics. There’s not one area of interest that doesn’t have a website where people share ideas and learn from each other. The idea of networking as online connectivity is a fairly recent development, enjoying barely a decade of popularity. In fact, there are still places in the world that are not yet connected to the World Wide Web. And there are countries whose people’s access to the Internet are controlled and restricted. But the fact is that networking is as old as humanity and civilization itself. Networking began the moment man realized he had to link with everyone around him in order to strengthen relationships, start new ones and together find ways to survive. The original concept of networking is intimately linked to the basic need for survival. Had not the Internet been invented, people around the world would still have found a way to connect with each other across cultural and geographical boundaries and still call it networking. Forget about the Internet for a moment and let’s go back to the pre-dotcom concept of social networking . For centuries, people from the same interest groups would gather and share experiences with each other. Over drinks and dinner, new friendships were created, old ones were renewed, partnerships were forged, and contact information were exchanged so people could meet again and officially seal agreements, deals and contracts. Until now, this method of building partnerships is still widely used, a proof that despite the advancements in virtual technology, there’s still no replacement for meeting people in the flesh. Many big companies and organizations today, like the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW ), trace their beginnings to networking gatherings like these. In fact, going back to the Internet, most successful social networking websites today started out as small groups of like-minded individuals hanging out, enjoying each other’s company, and exploring possibilities of the Internet. When we come to think of it, the Internet was created becauseof man’s basic need to reach out to as many people as possible.

Why You Can’t Survive Without Networking  

The word “networking” brings to mind the Internet. The mention of the word reminds you of Facebook and Twitter, and hundreds of websites cat...

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