The RICHEST people in the world LOOK FOR & BUILD NETWORK everyone else looks for WORK – Robert Kiyosaki
What I’ve discovered over time is that there is real power in the ability to build rapport and create long-lasting bonds through effective business networking. There was a time when I felt networking was tough although I knew the utility in business networking, I ignored it. I am sure many of us go through this phase.
Although many of us don’t enjoy networking it is an effective strategy for growing a business. It allows us to met other like minded entrepreneurs who may be a great fit to work together. It may be quit daunting to walk into a room where you don’t know anyone and you are suppose to mix and mingle with everyone. There are so many clients of mine who tell me they don’t like networking, you may not love networking but it is necessary for your business.
I am going to share 3 easy tips to help you network like a celebrity.
1. Shift your Mindset: Next time you go to a networking event act as though you are the host of the event, by doing this you are going to make yourself more
comfortable…WHY because if you are the host of the event it becomes your job to
make others welcome you need to talk to them. Imagine if its your party what would you do? If you don’t want to go to a big group stay in the room and find someone else who might look more uncomfortable then you. Begin conversation with them they are going to love it if you walked up to them and you never know you might make this a really good conversation. So shift your mindset from a participant to a HOST.
2. Make the Conversation about them: Let me ask you what is everyone favorite topic…it’s themselves, so when you start talking to people may be they ask “what do you do” sure tell them what you do but then shift it to asking more about them. People like to talk about themselves make the conversation all about them. It does not have to be strictly business talk to begin with. Talk to them how they got to the event, who else do they they know there, are they a part of the organizing team, you can even compliment them on something you recognise about them e.g the glasses, the bag etc., but remember nothing on the looks please. This will help you to put the person and yourself at easy and then communication will go naturally, after a while when you have build a rapport get to business.
3. Follow Up: Most people go for networking event take a lot of business cards and don’t do anything with them, or the put it into their mailing list and create junk mails for people who might not be even interested in looking at their mails. The better way to do this is to send a personal note over a mail referring to your meeting in the network event. Now that you know a person face to face connect with them on Social media such as LetzGain, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc this way you just get to know a little more about the person. You can even google them…Yes google them, may be they have appeared in some article or they have written some article make it a point to go and like it you can show them some acknowledgement by liking, commenting or sharing the same. Find some unique way to connect with the person further so that you stand out from the rest of the people who could have met them at the event.
Networking isn’t always fun but it is good for business. It is such an incredible way to build your business, meet new people, collaborate and if not they might be able to help you in some other way or may be you can provide value in their life as well.
So get out their and start networking.
This article is written by LetzGain Pro+ Member Tejaswini Pisal (Zest Transformation) part of Pune Champions Circle of LetzGain. Here is link to her LetzGain profile to reach her.