Sound advice for successful networking is to treat each and every encounter with others as if it were an important business meeting. Why? Because it is.
Any person you have the chance to interact with has tremendous potential. Each and every one is a gateway to other useful contacts. They are the key – whether direct or indirect – to lots of referrals. And they are conduits to information sources that can take you to new heights.
While they may never say it (or even know it), these people believe that you will treat their contacts, referrals and information sources the same way you treat them.
So, do yourself a huge favor; treat everyone with kindness and respect. Be attentive when others speak. And make them feel as if they matter. Because they really do.
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