What are the different types of networking? Networking, as defined, is an exchange of services or information among people, institutions, or businesses. You see, we people are social beings and it is important that we get in contact with people and this also applies in many other aspects of our life such as in businesses. Therefore, there are five main types of networking that we have to know in order to be able to understand how to go about the different situations when they come.
The first of the five types of networking is the passive/negative type of network. These are the types of networking wherein the people involved are not interested in the network itself. There are just some people who are not comfortable in being able to connect with many others that he or she is not familiar with, therefore is being passive and negative about them. Although “No man is an island” is true, there are just some people who are indeed better off alone than be in a circle.
Conservative networking is the second of the five types of networking. The conservative networking entails people connecting to other people but only with the people that are in their circle. There should be something in common in their circle or else they would rather not communicate or connect with the other people involved in their networks.
The third of the five types of networking is the reactive networking type. From the term reactive itself, this types of networking indicates that the person involved is open to reacting to new ideas and new networking relationships. The down side about the reactive networking types is that they would still want control over the entire network, thus he doesn’t expand his network from what is common to him.
Proactive networking is the fourth of the five types of networking. This type is the one that denotes a person coming out of his comfort zones in order to explore and create new types of networking methods and approaches. This is also the type of networking that more extroverts are in because they are focused on quality and priority is given to expanding their own networks.
Lastly, there is hyperactive networking. This is the type of networking wherein the network is continuously being created and running. You see, as the term “hyperactive” implies, this type of networking pertains more on energy and quantity and less on the quality and priority. This is the type of networking that is directed on speed and not much into goals.
You see, there are many different types of networking one can be in and not know about. Not many people know and appreciate these networking types and they are not aware of what they really are. However, the most important part is that one knows how to properly interact and move about. Interaction can lead to many good things and it is such a great idea to be able to learn from the many people around you through networking, observation, and even research.