It is always exciting to see business people strategizing and taking action to achieve their goals and business for the next year. However, too many people end up in a rut. Take this time to do a spring cleanup among your network connections. Call it spring cleaning your networking strategy.
Different Networking – Different Results
If you’re looking for fresh changes, it’s critical for you to know that you’re not going to get different results by repeating the same efforts in networking. It’s time to examine what has worked for you and what has not worked for you, so you can make changes to the weak areas of your business marketing. One common weak area identified is after establishing a connection and speaking “digitally” on a social network, there is no further action taken.
If you have taken the time to connect and gauge the interest of a potential client, customer, or employer then don’t stop! Your job is not finished. In fact, it’s just beginning. Make a list of all your stalled or hanging connections. Now, take action to propel your networking efforts all the way to the end. Make a connection that is upfront and personal to sell yourself and close the deal with a smile and handshake.
Make the following spring resolutions to get spring solutions:
- Be self-confident, but not arrogant.
- Work towards solutions that directly impact the accomplishment of business goals.
- Make a to-do list of action items to support your networking efforts.
- Hold yourself accountable.
- Love and believe in yourself.
- Have a good attitude and a big smile during every networking interaction.
- Seek out valuable opportunities for networking face-to-face to significantly grow your business.
American Express has published a fantastic article on the 7 Best Places for Business Networking. We recommend checking them out!
- Chamber of Commerce
- Business Networking International
- Le Tip International
- Meet up
- Volunteer Organizations
Now, start networking in a new way that will have new results. Start a Huddle for the spring. It’s the best way to spring clean your networking strategy!
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