Apr 062009
 

valuable-networks

With the recent explosion in business networking events there are a lot of people making their way around town collecting cards and passing out as many as they can. You may be a part of this trend, but are you being seen as a valuable contact or just another business card?

It doesn’t matter how many cards you collect or how many cards you pass out, what matters is the way you are able to increase others quality of life. Are you building relationships or have you become a card collecting spammer?

The valuable networker is the networker who can first ask questions to identify what others need, and second have the resources in their sphere of influence to get others connected with those who can benefit them. Having the ability to effectively get others connected with resources that will advance their business will increase your personal value exponentially.

Being busy and being valuable are two very different things, but if you can manage to be busy being valuable you start to become dangerous. Depending on your marketing plan your personal branding will begin to grow stronger and stronger. More people will know you, more people will like you, and most importantly more people will trust you. The more people trust you and like your style the more business will just seem to fall into place. Referrals will come from different directions, it will be easier to get in the door while prospecting, and your confidence will continue to build as a result.

Posture is everything, but don’t be cocky. You may be a world renowned expert, but your credibility will only be good as your humility.

Patience, interest, and humbleness are the three key components in becoming a valuable asset to anyone. Master these traits and not only will you business grow faster, but your life will begin to manifest all to you could ever dream of.

  10 Responses to “Busy Networker vs. Valuable Networker”

  1. This is a great post. It’s a shame that more individuals dont realize how important it is to be a more valuable networker. Too many networkers show up and throw up. They give you a sales pitch, hand you a business card, and jam your inbox.

    Great tips on how to avoid this and become a more effective networker!

  2. This is a great post. It’s a shame that more individuals dont realize how important it is to be a more valuable networker. Too many networkers show up and throw up. They give you a sales pitch, hand you a business card, and jam your inbox.

    Great tips on how to avoid this and become a more effective networker!

  3. Great points! I am part of a BNI chapter and this is something that we strive to be, valuable. Thanks for the reminder. Enjoy the day! Erin

  4. Great points! I am part of a BNI chapter and this is something that we strive to be, valuable. Thanks for the reminder. Enjoy the day! Erin

  5. I love the new layout of the blog site! Looks fabulous, great job!!!

  6. I love the new layout of the blog site! Looks fabulous, great job!!!

  7. I just saw the new border. Outstanding job!
    Way to go, good teamwork!
    Keep the posts coming, I love reading your strategies!

  8. I just saw the new border. Outstanding job!
    Way to go, good teamwork!
    Keep the posts coming, I love reading your strategies!

  9. Joe, Your new website is fantastic, very nice indeed. This article is spot on. Absolutely correct. I have been teaching networking here in the Tampa Bay area for over 4 years and I’m always surprised when I see people “show up and throw up” (thanks Amanda great term!) Where’s the relationship building? Where’s the rapport? Where’s the concern for the needs of our fellow colleagues? Does anybody remember the Golden Rule? Zig Ziglar had it right, “if you help enough people get what they want, they will help you get what you want.” Kudos to you and your teaching, Joe, you’re on target. If I can ever help you, please, just let me know.

  10. Joe, Your new website is fantastic, very nice indeed. This article is spot on. Absolutely correct. I have been teaching networking here in the Tampa Bay area for over 4 years and I’m always surprised when I see people “show up and throw up” (thanks Amanda great term!) Where’s the relationship building? Where’s the rapport? Where’s the concern for the needs of our fellow colleagues? Does anybody remember the Golden Rule? Zig Ziglar had it right, “if you help enough people get what they want, they will help you get what you want.” Kudos to you and your teaching, Joe, you’re on target. If I can ever help you, please, just let me know.

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