How to Manage Change in Your Business
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Managing a business is hard work, because nothing ever stays the same for long. But change CAN be easier, especially if you spend the right amount of time building and expanding your business's network. Here's how smart networking can help you manage change much more easily in the future.
The Two Kinds of Change
First of all, there are two kinds of change that affect your business. The first one is change that just happens to you, outside of your control. The second one is change that you actually bring about yourself. Which of the two is easier to manage? Easy – it's the second kind of change, the one you bring about yourself. And in your business, change becomes more manageable when you're in control!
The two "types" listed above also apply to networking. Networking happens to you whether you choose it or not – family, friends and colleagues introduce you to new people and businesses all the time. If you're not used to networking, this by itself can be pretty stressful. So why not CHOOSE to expand your network? When you actually go out there and meet new people, you're basically bringing about the change yourself, instead of waiting (and dreading) for it to happen to you. It puts you in CONTROL.
Expanding Your Network
Expanding your network can be difficult, especially if you feel like interacting with other people isn't your strong suit. It's easiest when you start with your existing network — friends, family and colleagues — and expand slowly and steadily. Many of us are afraid of networking because of the sheer stress of it. But fear is simply a symptom of something else – ignorance. We naturally fear what we don't understand, after all! But that's why it's important to simply DO IT – the best way to learn about networking is to jump right in. Later on, as you build more and more relationships and generate more and more business, you'll realize that networking isn't so bad — or hard — after all.