Here are 6 quick tips I have learned from networking.
In my many business associations and groups, I come across many successful business owners and professionals. These are people with whom I have done business, people I respect and people who have taught me a thing or two. I am pleased to be able to share some quick words of wisdom just in case they might help you, your business or your associates.
1. Find out what the other person wants, if you can’t give that to them, tell them you can’t – be authentic.
2. Do what you say you will.
3. Be available when you say you will be available.
4. Don’t make promises you can’t keep.
5. Be open minded, you might learn something.
6. Say no when it doesn’t work for you, never compromise more than you are willing to give up.
Often, networking topics are repeated – you should still go to those meetings. You still might learn something. Even if it is one thing that you hear and can apply to your business or your strategy for the month, quarter or year; it can help you achieve the goals you have for yourself.
Do you have a favorite group that you frequent? I have been a member of so many, but trust and rely on BNI for open, honest and trusted local business networking. Specific industry groups are also ideal for many businesses, from medical practice groups, to accounting and finance professionals, retail and restaurant associations, plus those focused on women owned businesses and entrepreneurial mindset – the list goes on. In fact, there is probably a local chapter out there that is right for you now.
No matter what your goals are, plan and strategize regularly. It can really help you. See you at the next meeting, I will be there, will you?
~ Mary Ann
PS If you want to meet up with me at the next one, e-mail me!