Working the network

Establishing a good network applies no matter what your role in society is and whether at school, socially, at sport or in business, one will never exhaust the number of opportunities that can come from trying to do this. Aligning yourself with people who have exceptional skills, knowledge or connections will supplement your own efforts, thus increasing your own network and bringing positive rewards.

My experience has repeatedly shown that one only has to ask and people are very willing to help, be it information, personal advice or technical direction. Many of these contacts come through “networking”, a term which relates to meeting and communicating with people. Introductions are often made through a common interest and there are few broader activities than sport to meet people whose personal or professional success can be transformed without the façade that other forums often bring.

I was fortunate enough to attend last week’s match between Australia and Indonesia in Brisbane and was invited into the “inner sanctum” of the country’s most powerful identities in the World Game. Recognizing my relatively insignificant rank in Australian Football, I was initially cautious of my presence amongst some seriously influential people from sport, business and politics.

Being introduced to one of the greatest swimmers of all time, Kieran Perkins who certainly has an aura about him, as well as being surrounded by the power brokers from the football world who have far more pressing issues at hand than to speak with me, or so I thought? I was so impressed by the warmth and genuine desire of people to express an interest in what we are trying to achieve at the grassroots level.

The footprint of the World Game instils a common purpose which also has messages for us all, being a global family. The underlying factor that determines the effectiveness of the network of people that we meet as we move through life is the application of fundamental personal traits like respect, courtesy and humility that we apply as individuals which has a wonderful way of creating a unified and team environment.


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