Understanding what interpersonal relationships are, is an important step in understanding exactly what effective networking entails. According to Terrence A. Doyle, ph. D, interpersonal communication is described “…in terms of relational contexts of interaction and the types of expectations that communicators have of one another” (Doyle, 2005). However, this idea of understanding each other expectation is a complex task. Based on research conducted by Doyle in 2005, there are four classic categories that man place their expectations in. These categories are separated into, Family, Friendship, Romantic and Professional (2005). In any circumstance, it was found that the most typical categories that people fell into at work; besides the obvious professional relationship, friendship takes a front seat in any media outlet.
To succeed in long and lasting favorable networks, an individual needs to set up good, strong bonds. To build strong bonds, one must act in a responsible, dependable, organized and persistent manner towards others. Responsible in the sense that individuals need to take charge of what they say, and need to be responsible to be able to be open and receptive towards others (2005). Being dependable towards not only ones responsibility towards others, but also dependable in acting in such a way that expectations are going to not shatter too often. If people are unable to get any sense how others are, it will be hard for them to develop long and lasting relationships (Hoygen, 2004). In media, people also need to organize and persistent in their own lives, so they show a shining example. If someone has a hard time staying organized in their own life, the question of “how are they going to be organized and persistent in this relationship…” will fill the mind of the individual (2004). True dedication towards those who are influential and those who can help develop an individual’s career, is crucial towards sustaining a healthy, progressive network. Not only will you have the professional relationships to help get you through the toughest of tasks, but you will also have deeper relationship’s, that can help you develop even stronger bonds.
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Hoygan, Joyce (2004).Which Traits Predict Job Performance?. Journal of Applied Psychology. 15-33