Getting a ‘Real World’ Education in Networking–What Does the Future Hold?

In this short video, presented by Applied Transformation, Inc., I talk with Roger Green about what it takes to get a real world education in networking now and what it may take in the future.

I talk a bit about the stance colleges and universities have historically taken on networking education and how that may impact the way people get educated about networking in the future.

I would really like to get a conversation going in the comments section about this to hear other people’s perspectives on this and, in particular, I would like to find out how you have gained the majority of your networking education up to this point.  Please don’t be shy–let’s get the comments rolling in!

3 thoughts on “Getting a ‘Real World’ Education in Networking–What Does the Future Hold?

  1. This is something I’ve come across – the business teachers tend to not be business people.

    When I started my company, networking was something I had to try and work out myself.

    Before I discovered BNI, I spent two years struggling to work things out – so I very much appreciate the value of a structured system.

    Some of the people who have me advice on marketing in the initial stages had never run their own business, so didn’t really have the appropriate qualifacations and experience for the advice they were aiming to give.

    I’ve also had clients who have qualified in a profession, when sections of their course to deal with networking/marketing/financials were just a short section when they should have been much longer.

    If we could have networking skills taught as a business skill initially it would give a much greater benefit than people looking to find these skills out at a later date along with other business skills that may have been left out.

  2. Great video. Most of my networking education has come from trial and error, time spent at places like BNI and paying attention to those who do it well. It’s an on going education process with the addition of different technology tools. I now teach others (including sessions at a couple of colleges) how to network at conferences.

    Thanks again for starting this conversation. By the way, when I did a study of young professionals, the number 1 thing they wish they were taught was the importance of relationships and how to build them.

    Mike Ambassador Bruny

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