Networking is something you and I do all the time. We constantly make connections with people in all sorts of contexts. On average we have around 200 people each with whom we are in some sort of current active connection, or ‘network’. Some of these networks are random but many, usually most, are structured, ranging from formal business networks such as the people we work with as employees, to less rigid but structured formal and informal networks in the wider community, special interest groups, entrepreneurial networks or networks of business owners.
Networks are essential to our prosperity and our freedom, in particular freedom of association, and are really useful to those of us who run our own businesses or have key non-business goals we are pursuing. Here are some recommended networks: