Effective networking is simply your ability to establish and cultivate relationships. Your progress and success in not only your business but your life, is contingent upon effectively establish quality relationships. This does not have to be hard work, and should never make either party feel uncomfortable. As you identify relationships you would like to establish, do so in a way that is natural and easy. Do not force yourself upon others.
Here are 5 simple steps to establishing quality connections;
Step 1.) Identify and target your specific audience. Where do the people you want to connect with hang out? What activities do they participate in? What hobbies do they have? Put yourself in the places that will automatically cause you to run into them.
Step 2.) Review the roster and membership directories of the businesses they own or work in. Get to know who they spend their time with.
Step 3.) Visualize the meetings and conversations with the people you want to connect with. Go over in your mind how you would introduce yourself and exactly what information you would share and what questions you would ask.
Step 4.) Know the other person’s interests. Devise a plan of how you might be useful to them. Look to give before you receive.
Step 5.) Formulate a plan to let the person know who you are and take massive action. Always follow up in a memorable way.
You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again. Your network will always equal your net worth. If you are not networking, you are not really working. Learning to leverage your network is the most valuable thing you can ever do. This is why the direct sales industry is so powerful. Bill Gates, one of the wealthiest most successful men in the world is quoted to have said, “If I had to begin all over again, I would choose network marketing.” He, and many others who have made fortunes, understand that money comes from other people. The more people you influence, the more money you will make. Take control of your life by expanding and leveraging your network.