Have you ever thought about improving your network skills? This can actually be a very good skill to acquire not only for your business but also for life in general.
Basically all networking is is the ability to communicate with others. But this is very important, be it for if your objective is for getting a job, a JV partner or just customers.
A really good example of this would be the network marketing industry. If you are that person who just likes to get on the phone and give your sales pitch you will not do very well. Before people will buy from you they have to know you care about them. If they can see through you and realize you are just trying to make a sell and make money off them they will not buy from you.
You can look at networking as being the same way. The more you can show people you care about them the more comfortable they will feel about you and you will get positive results with them.
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
As an example, If you want to be a marketer, it might be a good idea getting to know other top marketers. It could turn out to be beneficial for your business. This is because they will help you to promote your product or service.
So, just being able to network is critical, whether you are searching for a job, jv partner or even more customers.
But just how do you go about improving your networking skills? It just so happens, even if you find yourself to be introverted, there are some relatively easy things you can do to make yourself a better networker. Try these five tips to help you out:
#1. Devise a plan
If you plan on attending a trade show or seminar, do some planning to figure out what you want to achieve at the event. Are you planning on getting ten numbers from some of the other business attendees.
If you happen to using social networking websites, this could be even more important. You might even be tempted to spend your time forum browsing instead of getting some real work done. Then you need to have some clear objectives on what you want to get done or you will find at the end of the day that you have gotten nothing done.
#2. Be knowledgeable about what your skills are
(Everyone can’t be good at everything. We all have some unique skills. Find out what those skills are and focus on them when you are interacting with the other participants.
#3. Sign up with the right group
You want to discover who your target person will be, whether it will be a jv partner, customer or company to work for. Next find out where they will be hanging out. If you don’t figure out who you are targeting, what will your chances of locating them be?
#4. Be sure you are offering tons of value
If you can offer more value, the more you will receive. If you think you are just going to show up to a group and not contribute anything and come out with that jv partner you could be in for a rude surprise. Your first thought should be of helping others and not expecting anything in return. Then good things can come out of your venture.
#5. Provide a quick introduction
Have a quick and accurate expalnation of what you do. Hopefully it can be done in no more than half a minute. Most of the time that is about how long you have to introduce yourself at events, so make sure it is clear, precise and done effeciently.
So, more than anything else, if you want to be successful in networking you must first determine who you want to network with. After you have made that decision you will want to find the best group and be willing to provide some awesome value. If you have followed these steps you might see that you will become a very effective marketer rather quickly.
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