Sometimes, Timing – is -Everything!
When it comes to networking and meeting new people – acting fast is essential!
Networking of course is the practice of relationship building, this is why the first two days after meeting with someone new in most cases, are very crucial for the future of that given, possible relationship.
Learn how to maximise the power of momentum to benefit your networking efforts.
It’s easy to do, once you understand the “why” and the logic behind it!
Have you read the book: “The Alchemist”, by Paulo Coelho?
The book tells the story of a young man who is looking for a big treasure. He travels the world, overcoming many challenges, to discover at the end that the treasure was next to his home, starting point, all along!
Our network of friends and acquaintances is similar- They are our own treasure box.
This is why we should know them better and keep in touch with those great people we like and can be here for us, same as we are here for them. (more…)
Robert Kiyosaki wrote it very clearly in his book: “My rich dad said, ‘You need to learn a little about a lot of things’.” (Click To Tweet!)
As a networker you aim to connect to different professionals, clients, investors and more. Finding a common ground with others we meet, helps to from this initial connection and feeling of closeness between two people.
Since our life experiences and knowledge are still limited, we can’t know everything and relate to everybody, can we?
I am sure you are very familiar with this scenario:
Networking event- many people, suits, “nice to meet you”, business card, big laughs, “Hi I am John”, buffet, “Hello”, drink, “Do you have a pen?” Business card, restroom, buffet again, smiling, business cards… Overwhelmed?
The next day you look at your new well-designed collection of business cards and you are still a little confused….
Networking events can be overwhelming and full on, but since you came there for a reason, then you are the one who needs to make sense to the disorder.
I would like to share a personal story with you about my early days, when I didn’t know how to network that well:
Many years ago, when I started my career, I often found myself a little stressed when networking with others. I was insecure, yet wanted others to “discover me”. I was nervous and somewhat embarrassed.
This mental state of mind made me talk too much and not really think about what I was saying… and this is where it can get a little “dangerous”.
When I met people for the first time, I often said things that portrayed me as a different person than who I really am…. It was hard to form the business relationshipsI wanted with them, as these were the people I felt most nervous with.
2014 is here and this is the time to give thanks and remember all those amazing people surrounding us. The people that were here for us in the last year and those we want to strengthen our connection with in the new year.
You see, research shows that being grateful grounds us and enable us to celebrate the present and notice the good and positive things in our lives. Once we realise that we feel good and magnify the goodness we spread out! It also makes s treat those people we appreciate better and strengthens these relationships.
In this article we will focus on the groups of people that we can be grateful for: 1) Close family
3) Potential clients and mentors
4) Yourself! (more…)
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.
You are at a networking event and you meet someone new. You are having a nice chat and in the “moment of truth” you swap business cards! Voilà! You have a new member in your network! Not So…
Like you I am also the proud owner of hundreds of impressive and well designed business cards from many respectful people. The truth of the matter is- that’s all it is, a well designed piece of paper!
I’m sorry, but you better get the records straight under your head; the amount of business cards you carry does not affect the size of your network, in fact this piece of paper is useless, unless you use it right!
A business card is a mean to leave your contact information and stay evident. It’s a tool to use in order to build a relationship, but then again the card alone doesn’t worth anything. However, the actions taken upon it do!
Secret reveals – turning business card into relationship