Right Place, Right Time!
You have just finished a 9-hour day from Hell, dealing with people seemingly from outer space. Your feet are killing you. Definitely, a headache’s coming on. The office bathroom mirror reveals that you look like you’ve not only come out the wrong end of RuPaul’s Drag Race but have been run over by most of the cars.
The last thing you want to do is go to an evening networking event…but…
If you really care about growing your business network, finding the highly effective people with whom you’d like to develop deep and enduring relationships, then push those comforting “couch” thoughts aside and get out there!
There are definite energies at play in the networking Universe, and you never know when you’re going to be in the right place, at the right time, to meet the right people, not only someone you want to know, but someone who also knows others you need to know, and so on, and so on….
Leadership expert, Jim Collins, who coined the term “Who Luck”, claims that “the luck of finding the right mentor, partner, teammate, leader, friend—is one of the most important types of luck.”
Yes, it can be time-consuming and exhausting to be out and “ON” all the time, so make your networking count. Target varied events for maximum business exposure, but only the ones where you have a higher chance of meeting people with like minds to cultivate as colleagues, and potential clients to include in your contacts. Business is all about ongoing relationships and networking is an incredible way to discover and develop your connections.
Study networking techniques and learn how to work the room. Set a goal to meet at least 5 – 7 new people at a particular event.
When you encounter that person who is not the type to let go, socially speaking, learn how to gently extricate yourself with an exit line such as this...
“John, I know you came here to make some great connections, so I certainly don’t want to monopolize you myself all evening. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me. I will let you move on and meet all the rest of these interesting people.”
If you don’t think you need to network, you’re wrong. You never know when you are going to meet the right person with whom to collaborate on your next big idea or the contact who’ll introduce you to a valuable connection who can assist you moving forward.
As the American journalist, Armstrong Williams says, “Networking is an essential part of building wealth.”
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