Successful business-people know, that it’s WHO you know and CONNECT with that matters.
One way of meeting people, like minded people, people who you like, people who like you, is to consistently show up where these people are.
“Consistency” is KEY – some of the MOST SUCCESSFUL people I know consistently applied good networking habits, investing time, (years in some cases) before they end up doing business together. LONG TERM BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS can only exist with those YOU KNOW, LIKE AND TRUST.
However, I have noticed what UNSUCCESSFUL and BELOW AVERAGE business people do AFTER turning up where the people are...
Last week, I encountered one such person, who claimed to be an expert at helping people to present themselves for more business ... they confidently said with utmost clarity to a group of some highly successful people who I know consistently network
"NETWORKING ISN'T FOR ME AND YOU CAN ALL DO SO MUCH BETTER IF ONLY YOU KNEW HOW TO SMILE AND TO PRESENT YOURSELVES - AND I CAN HELP YOU.”
Which is fine, however they horribly failed to listen, or show any interest whatsoever, in the people they were talking to – it was all about “I this” “I that” .... followed by taking everyone's business-cards without returning the favour. How impolite! Apparently they forgot to bring business cards but carried on "working the room"
- no surprises by the comment “networking isn't for me”
Promoting one's own business shamelessly, using the very business networking platform that a group of people who have dedicated years to develop -
can this type of self-centred person really help others?
Hmmm – one definition of “helping” means, to give a gift, – GIFT is giving something that is useful to others without expecting anything in return.
Successful business-people are in the habit of GIVING gifts - all the time...THEY
Finally, after asking themselves “Who do I know that may be benefit from whom I have just met and also be beneficial to them?”, if they can, they ACT on it.
Hence truly successful people are indeed very RARE – so watch out for them, early on, and when you find them, please look after them well.
If you are ever so lucky to receive a gift from them - accept this with grace - and to make this gift work for you well - develop the habit, like these rare people, of giving gifts to others.
I wonder how many people today regret dismissing, ignoring, or standing up OBAMA, before he become the president of one of the most powerful nations n the world?
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Locally known as the best connected person in NW London. Kesh is an Advocate of the best local businesses and recommends who are highly regarded by their clients. He also is having the time of his life...