June 15, 2018
by Oral Health
This isn’t the be-all end-all of networking guides but considering only 75 per cent of dental professionals are frequently networking, it’s a good start. Seventy-five may sound high, but in reality, all professionals should be networking, whether online or in person.
Nobody is claiming networking is easy, but it’s a necessity in business for a few reasons:
Consider starting out in dentistry – according to our survey, 55.4 per cent of Canadian dental professionals spoke with other dental professionals for advice when developing their practice. It can feel embarrassing to ask for advice now, but with technology and procedures rapidly changing, there’s no better time to reach out. In fact, the top three networking topics between dental professionals are 1) general advice, 2) new techniques and practices, and 3) new products and equipment.
So why are 25 per cent of dental professionals just not networking? There may be something missing: interest, confidence, presence or time. Whatever the case may be, it’s time to get out there and connect.
There are many things to remember during an interaction, so here’s a quick checklist:
Online networking is a new concept for many: connecting with other dental professionals, but without any personal interaction. Welcome to 2018 where people don’t have time to shake hands and exchange cards. A large online network leads to skill endorsements, position applicants and global connections. Learn more about How to: LinkedIn on our blog!
For a beginner’s course on networking, consider a continuing education course on business practices. Nearly 25 per cent of dental professionals are interested in the topic (perhaps the missing group of networkers) and the courses are out there! Check out our Continuing Education calendar for a list of upcoming courses in practice management and clinical procedures.
Jump in feet first and make an introduction. To everyone. Be in the 75 per cent of dental professionals making connections and growing their practices by interacting with people who know the day-to-day challenges and successes. You never know who you could meet.
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