Networking Defined

A reader recently asked me to define ‘Networking’. So, here is the definition that is the basis of all my networking workshops, speaking engagements and articles: 

 ‘Networking is the exchange of ideas, information and resources.’

John Naisbitt first defined networking in that simple manner in ‘MegaTrends’ over 30 years ago.  I added the rest:

* As a result of that shared information, we can learn something to help us do our jobs better, faster, cheaper or smarter.

* We can also learn something to help us grow our businesses or find new clients.

* Sometimes, that exchange of information can also lead to developing new mutually beneficial business relationships. However, those relationships are a potential a result of the information sharing and not necessarily the primary reason for networking.’

So … what’s your definition of networking?