Be a good network builder

There’s no denying the fact that as you begin your journey to success in your life and business, you need to have all the connections you can get. You need to have all the clients and support you can have to succeed in business. You need to have a very good network of friends, support, and clients. If you don’t, you won’t get very far.

So how do you become a networker? Here are a few tips that I can share with you:

Use your calling card

The calling card is probably the best tool that you can use to meet people and get their contact details for future reference or for future transactions. Especially if you’re looking for people who can mentor you or enlighten you on things about the industry that you’re establishing your business in. You can also use this to setup your initial list of clients. It’s more professional to exchange calling cards than walking up to someone you don’t know and ask them for their numbers or for any contact detail. Well, if it work for you then that’s great. But most people view calling cards as the most professional representation of yourself.

Make your calling cards as professional looking as can be. Invest in it.

Make your presence felt.

Let others know that your business exists. Don’t keep it a secret.

There are a lot of things you should keep in mind as you work to establish your presence as a worthwhile connection with your prospects. As with any romantic relationship, talking things over dinner or really meeting up to talk things over yield better results than just talking over the phone or using the internet to connect. You may do that initially to establish connection, but when you want to make that connection stronger and deeper, it’s better to have a meet up.

Be sincere when you relate and connect with them. It isn’t wrong to always bear in mind that you want to get their business in the end, but you must be honest enough to really be a friend. Friends are loyal and understanding and patient. When you establish that level of bond with your clients, you’ll have more business and gain more friends in the process.

Follow through

What good are the calling cards and contact details you’ve collected and received if you don’t follow through on them. After a day or two, contact them so that they are reminded of you immediately. The sooner you remind them and contact them, the better the results because they’ll be able to remember you. Invite them over for a cup of coffee and really establish a connection that’s more than just business.

Your thoughts

What about you? Are you a good networker? Have you done some of the things mentioned? What do you have in mind regarding the topic? What would you like to add to enlighten us all?

Let us all know in the comments!

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Stephen NellasStephen is part of the Software Jewel team, the company behind Clutterpad and BiP. He's also a regular author for BiP.View all posts by Stephen Nellas →