Do you remember the last time you went on a kayak or a little boat?
You sat in it, by yourself or with another partner; you took the oar in your hands, and started rowing.
You dipped its right side in the water and pushed it back, and then you dipped the left side in the water and pushed harder, right, left, right, left, and so on.
Suddenly you started moving ahead! The safe land was getting farther and farther away from you as you kept on rowing.
When you looked straight ahead, all you saw was blue water and blue sky.
No clear path, no certainty that the water will stay still and calm and the wind won’t start blowing harder and bring a storm with it.
Mr. Ego lives in each and every one of us. He is most likely to show up when there is a disagreement with someone else, or when we are being criticised or disrespected by others and similar incidents. Then, Mr. Ego comes and shows who is ‘the boss’- who is right, who is stronger, who is smarter and who knows better!
Negative ego can destroy relationships, terminate deals and generally delay one’s personal and professional growth. This negative ego creates a separation between one person and the rest of the world.
There is a way to conquer the ego and I will reveal how:
1) Awareness- Be aware of yourself and notice when your ego shows up.
2) Think about it- Hold your horses and think through the facts again before you say something
3) Respond wisely-Answer in a way that connects you and doesn’t set you apart.
I am sure you will find the next question familiar:
“Hi, I’m Johnny, we met at the entrepreneurs’ convention last night.
Do you remember me?”
I can almost guarantee that either you have asked this question or been asked it in the past.
There are so many places to network out there that can bring lots of opportunities your way!
When you network with a new person, one of your goals is to stay memorable and stand out from the rest! (Click to Tweet It!)
Rejection is a part of our lives and shows up in our childhood and adult life: at work, career, and when we are socialising with others. Nobody likes to be rejected however rejection plays an important role in our personal development because it helps us grow, learn from our past actions, get mentally stronger and confident.
When networking with new people, many experience the fear of rejection to a certain extent, and some even develop a defence mechanism that says, “if you don’t try, you won’t get hurt.”
When we approach strangers for networking purposes, we can’t definitely know what the other person’s reaction will be unless we will give it a try. It may even surprise us for the best!
Here are the three concepts to overcome networking rejection and open up to success;
1) Improve your ways- learn from past failures
2) Be prepared- Know your agenda and what you want to say
3) Use the power of visualisation to practice positive results!
Giving is an action that can come in different amounts, sizes and shapes.
As a networker who wishes to form and maintain relationships, and of course as a human being, giving to others is a part of our lives.
Giving is something every person can do, no matter the amount of resources and power he or she has.
Most of all, giving in all its shapes is an action that is mutually beneficial, as both the receiver and the giver gain enjoyment from it! (Sometimes the giver enjoys even more!)