“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence” ~Vince Lombardi
Networking is more than giving out your business card. Helping others, building relationships and earning trust is key if you desire to be a successful networker. Achieving success at networking can help you attain new clients, better employees, an increased reach of your brand, and even new a JV or business partner. Networking can be life changing. It certainly was for me. My transformation began with an eight minute conversation over the telephone that is still blossoming almost four years later.
Learning the skills necessary for success in networking is easier than you think. If you are serious about growing your network instead of focusing on adding to your contact list, then you are well on your way to making a true difference in your career.
What skills do you need to be a successful networker?
- Have a positive attitude- Be uplifting and smile
- Be enthusiastic - Your energy will attract others to you
- Do what you say you will do - be trustworthy
- Be a good listener learn what you need to know about the other person
- Network everywhere – network meeting doctors offices or at events- get your name in front of others
- Say thank you- Show your gratitude. To clients business associates. BE the one who stand out from others
- Help others – Listen for opportunities for you to offer your support
- Be Sincere—if you aren’t genuinely interested in the person they will sense it
- Give your complete attention – look the individual in the eyes
- Follow up! If you don’t FOLLOW UP on your leads or referrals you have wasted your time networking
You can master success at networking with practice. Some people learn quickly and others it takes more time and a bit more practice. Wherever you fall in the spectrum, remember to stick with it while giving it your very best effort each and every time. If you listen more than you talk, be patient, find out what the other person needs and have a good attitude you are well on you way to thriving as a networker.
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