Today we’re going to talk about networking. No, not the kind of networking you might be thinking of. The kind where you all stand around and that one guy, who’s always overdressed comes up and the first thing he does is slides a business card in your hand and starts talking about himself. Not that kind. I’m talking about the kind of networking where you intentionally build relationships with others and who you can benefit…and maybe they might even benefit you someday.
I’ll share with you today 10 simple strategies for building a powerful network you can USE (yes its ok to use your network) that you can use when you need it most.
The old saying goes: “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”
Strike that…it’s not who you know, but how well you know them.
I remember the day I woke up and realized we had 50+ people working for us. It seemed like only yesterday there were just four of us doing it all. How did we get here? I asked myself. The answer boiled down to two simple words: Attitude and Connections.
What did attitude and connections have to do with our success? I’ll share two facts and two stories that will show you.
The Right Attitude
By my count, seven of the people we hired at our business came as a result of meeting them elsewhere. The courteous cell phone salesperson, the waiter who went above and beyond the call of duty, or the daycare worker who had an infectious smile.
They had no experience in our industry, but they had the right attitude.
There are greater problems in the world, you know, but first start with the world you know. That’s the mantra of today’s guest, who is truly changing not only his world, but the world of others around him.
Today’s guest is truly an ambassador. He is a networker extraordinaire who will show you what it means to build your own brand, even when you work for someone else. He’ll share some ways that he has built a powerful network and how to start changing the world by changing the world you know.
Deep down, I’m selfish. And you are too. You can call it ambitious or you can call it goal-oriented, but I promise you that—somewhere within—those feelings are hidden within the guise of selfishness.
Now, I’m not writing this from a position of condemnation, I’m guilty too. Rather, I’m writing from a position of warning and, possibly, encouragement.
Because I believe that wrestling this deceptive, selfish demon is necessary in embracing fullness in every aspect of your life.