Throughout the HuddleDo Blog, you’ve learned that you must give to receive. This means that even though the goal of networking is to help grow your business, you need to help others before you’ll be able to see any growth. There are some entrepreneurs that have used this philosophy while networking and it’s helped them greatly.
Fast Company recently published an article about Superconnectors and the first few people were “The Empowerers.”
Ingrid Vanderveldt is an “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” for Dell. She helps women become business owners. She does this by mentoring them and helping them with tools that can be useful for starting and growing their businesses. As you can see, she empowers these women, and as a representative with Dell, she ends up benefiting as well.
Rottenberg is the CEO if Endeavor Global and she has helped struggling entrepreneurs find “social capital.” She’s hooked them up with executives, which have provided more than 50,000+ hours. Again, she has empowered these entrepreneurs and she has built quite a name for herself because of it.
Dow is the CEO for Leadership Philadelphia. Her entire business is built on doing favors for people. She believes that earning a reputation for being generous is the best thing you can do for your business.
How You Can Be a Giver When Networking
If you want to follow in the footsteps of these great entrepreneurs, you’ll have to meet people and learn what their needs are. You can do that with networking events or with a Huddle. When you meet people, ask them questions about their projects. Genuinely care about what they are doing. When they are talking, offer help when it seems as though they need it. For example, when the person you’re speaking to says, “It’s all going great, except I wish I knew how to…” That’s a great opportunity to say, “Oh, I could teach you that.” or “I know the perfect person to help you. Let me connect you with him/her.” You can give by doing or connecting. Either way, you are going something for the person and that will be appreciated.
Don’t ever expect to be reimbursed for it. That will discourage you greatly. Appreciate the feeling you get from giving, and hold on to that. Anything that comes later is just bonus.
Give empowerment a try the next time you are networking. Instead of waiting for a networking event, consider scheduling a Huddle right here on HuddleDo. It’s the perfect way to meet people in your area you can collaborate with and help people with your skills and knowledge.