Resolutions for better networking in 2011

WOW!  2010 is almost over and it’s time to make our resolutions.  I find myself making business personal resolutions.  Do you do that?

I asked several fellow networkers from InHouston to share with me a resolution or two that they would suggest a new networker consider to add to their list for 2011. 

Mark “Ski” Skruczewski a daily blogger on InHouston shared with me some of the following concepts:

                *treat everyone with respect – if you make a “date” with someone, be on time and let them know from the get go that you respect them

                *start a blog and keep at it – Ski has found that blogging everyday keeps his name out there and people are familiar with him

 

Nancy Johnson, another networker, who is involved in many networking groups through InHouston, shared her tricks with me.  Her suggestions include:

                *”Have fun, be relaxed and SINCERELY interested in others.”

                *”Give first, ask questions, get to know them, build relationships.”  Networking in only successful to build your business if you build relationships.

                *After a networking event, “Follow up, especially with those you would like to build a relationship with.”

And this is my favorite from Nancy!

                

Tim Sullivan is a pro-networker who I have networked with and done business with.  His advice is simple:

                *”Approach your business and personal relationships always with an attitude of giving.  .”

                *”Plan to give 110% to those you meet and expect nothing in return.  In doing so, you will never be disappointed.”

 

My ideas to think about when getting into the networking arena include all of those we have already addressed, but I would add:

                *Don’t give up – remember the old adage, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again.”

                *Don’t spread yourself too thin – pick a few networking events and attend them regularly – this helps to build those ever important relationships.

 

So, looking to decide on business/networking resolutions for 2011?  Using the above listed pieces of advice from experienced networkers, you might consider one a few of the following:

                >Resolve to pick 3 networking events to attend on a monthly basis.

                >Resolve that while at those 3 events, connect with at least 3 people and make “coffee dates” to further develop the relationship, i.e. follow-up.

                >Resolve to not sell yourself or your business at networking events, but concentrate on connecting with those at the event and find out how you might be able to help them.

                >Resolve to meet all new networking experiences with a smile and an attitude of relaxation and sincerity, i.e.”Network from inspiration not from desperation!  Enjoy the process not just the result.” (Thanks Nancy).

 

I hope that this helps all the new networkers out there and maybe helps those of us who have been networking and are in need of some new energy to help being our networking to a new level.

 

 Happy New Year and may you be ever prosperous!

 

 

A special thank you to:

Mark "Ski" Struczewski - http://inhouston.ning.com/profile/MarkSkiStruczewski

Nancy Johnson - http://inhouston.ning.com/profile/NancyJohnson and

Tim Sullivan - http://inhouston.ning.com/profile/TimothyJSullivanSr

I couldn't have done this without you!! 

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Comment by Veronica Wasek, CPAonDemand on January 7, 2011 at 10:01am
Great post. Networking is all about building relationships and the only way we can do that is to give of our time and ourselves.

 

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