Waiting Too Long To Build Your Network This is a common and unfortunate mistake made by many networkers. Your network is a resource that happens over time, not instantaneously. Networks evolve and grow as you get to know each other. The members of your network develop a sense of trust with you as they get to know you and you develop a trusting relationship with them.
Networking is so important in today's environment, and without understanding how to properly network you can waste lots of time and energy. Networking is not about finding clients, it is about finding potential strategic alliances. A strategic alliance is someone with whom you meet on a regular basic to share your "Rolodex" of contacts with each other to help make direct introductions and avoid the dreaded "cold call.
It is essential to have conversations, if you want to network effectively. There are many benefits from good conversations. You will get attention, impress people, make you memorable, and build your self-confidence. Whenever you plan to attend an event, you can have three neutral questions ready to ask, such as "How do you know the company?" "What made you decide to come to this event?
I had an old college friend come to town recently for a wedding we were both in. I still live in the area where we went to school, so he stayed with me for the few days he was in town. He's just got his Master's degree and is having a hard time finding a job and he's finding that the reality a lot of truth to the old adage, "it isn't what you know, it's who you know.
The Hispanic Business Community is alive and well, in fact many Latino businesses are thriving even in these tough times. Why? Well, because generally they have not gone out and borrowed tons of money, and they go low-cost high volume in a recession, competing for price. They are able to do this due to their cost structures, labor costs, and wise choices to not get too far extended.
Mothers-in-laws are______________(you fill in the blank) For those of us who are married, our mother-in-law can be a blessing or a curse. Or perhaps just a benign acquaintance. However, when we were courting our spouses, the relationship with our future mother-in-law was probably a BIG FACTOR in how the outcome of our relationship with our future spouse would develop.
The Formula for Approaching a Potential Partner. When you have developed a list of prospective partners, think in terms of the following process or steps: Establish your credibility Tell them what is in it for them Explain your idea briefly Tell them how to get started Let's apply this formula to an example. You may not be well known to your prospective partner.
"Health, happiness and success depend upon the fighting spirit of each person. The big thing is not what happens to us in life - but what we do about what happens to us." George Allen I am always looking for solutions. The concept of the mastermind group is vividly described by Napoleon Hill in "Think and Grow Rich". Consider the people in your life that are supportive of you.
There are many different types of networking groups, both public and private, as well as local chambers of commerce, clubs, etc. all tying to entice you to join their group on the theory that it will be great for your business. I have not found this to be the case and list several traps to avoid when you become a member of any of these groups. Trap #1: Spend the least amount of money possible on membership fees.
Networking Do's and Don'ts I always enjoy speaking at networking events. I get there an hour early to set up everything for my presentation and then I stand in the back of the room and watch people enter. Here's the opportunity for them to rub shoulders and minds with other professionals and yet the most common thing that is done... a hesitation when entering, a "look see" for anyone they recognize, and then a beeline to that person and a flip of a napkin on the back of their chair to guarantee a "safe seat".