Networking Rx: JV Crum III – Conscious Millionaire (EPS 223)

Conscious Millionaire

Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, talks with author, speaker and millionaire mentor JV Crum III about the role that relationships play in achieving success. Download a free audio program at https://consciousmillionaire.com/priority-audio/

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164) Do You Just Belong?

Do You Just Belong?

A great way of connecting with a passionate, diverse core of people is to become part of groups or organizations that interest you. To be effective, however, this should not be a loose affiliation but rather an active involvement.

After all, a productive network is built on mutual knowing, liking and trusting, and “just belonging” won’t make that happen.

While there are no definite rules regarding the appropriate level of involvement, there is a simple test.

Ask yourself this, regarding any organization to which you belong: “If I weren’t at a meeting or event, would I be missed?”

If you answer no, you simply need to become more involved.

If, however, your answer is, “Yes, I’d be missed”, then you’re doing great. You’re not merely a name on a roster, but a face, a handshake, and a smile that people can know, like, and trust.


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165) Networking And Social Media

Networking and Social Media

While there was a day that some proclaimed the Internet as just a fad, others re-tooled it. They took a novel approach and made it so that we could all not just see it but contribute to it too.

We know this as Social Media, and it has completely shifted how you can discover and share news, information and other content.

Certainly, social media gets a bad rap as an expansive online rumor mill or coffee club. If you approach it correctly, however, it can be a valuable networking tool for connecting and communicating with others. While you should not spend countless hours reading idle chit-chat from others, you should make time each day to learning from others and contributing to them as well.

No, the Internet is not a passing fad. But you just might be if you don’t learn to utilize its potential.


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166) The House of 1,000 Mirrors

In a far-away village, there was the House of 1,000 Mirrors. It was a magical place with dozens upon dozens of reflective glasses of all shapes and sizes.

One day, a happy dog ventured in, eagerly bounding through the doorway … ears lifted high and tail wagging quickly. The dog delighted in finding 1,000 other happy little dogs looking back.

“WOW! What a wonderful place. I will come back often,” the smiling dog thought.

A short time later, a suspicious little dog slowly entered … head and tail hanging low. To his shock, this dog saw staring back 1,000 unfriendly dogs. Completely panicked, this dog scampered out, vowing never to go back.”

Do you know what? You visit the House of 1,000 Mirrors every day. All the faces in the world reflect exactly what you project.  

So, what kind of reflections do you want to see?


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167) Successful People Have Goals

Successful People Have Goals

Successful people have goals. They have goals for lots of things. Networking activity. Prospecting efforts. Sales made. Referrals made and received. And much, much more.

Successful people have goals. They write them down. They share their goals with others. They review them often.

Successful people have goals. Goals that, from time to time, they fail to hit. And they’re okay with that. Why? Because successful people tend to set goals that stretch them and make them work. As a result, they risk failing.

But successful people know that falling short of a goal is no great sin. They realize that the real potential mistake is setting their goals too low. Why?

Because successful people understand that with easily attainable goals, they may always hit their mark. But by always hitting their mark they are, in essence, leaving money on the table.


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168) Don’t Sell

Don't Sell

Networking is about establishing and building relationships. It’s not really about prospecting or selling.

In fact, those who attempt to do business within their network before it’s appropriate, end up with counterproductive results.

The reality is that people love to buy things they perceive will help them. What they don’t love, however, is feeling like they are being sold.

This is not to suggest that you never do business with those in your network. On the contrary, you can … and should. This will likely be your best client base, as well as a great source of referrals.

What this does suggest is not being too hasty promoting business within your network. Take your time with it. Let them come to know, like and trust you. Once that happens, chances are they will want to buy from you. And then you’ll really never have to sell to them.


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169) Explore Their Passion

Explore Their Passion

Without a doubt, networking events and other opportunities to engage people in conversation are great ways to build relationships. At times, however, the conversation can become a little trite. Same questions. Rehearsed answers. It can feel like Charlie Brown’s teacher talking. You know: Wah, Wah, Wah.

To break up the monotony, take some advice from American psychologist and self-help author, Susan Jeffers. In her book Dare To Connect she suggests that instead of the customary question, “What do you do?” consider asking, “What do you LOVE to do?”

Jeffers goes on to share that this twist on a traditional question “offers a better picture of the inside of the person instead of their outer role.” Plus, there is an added bonus, as the answer to this question will contain more raw material for keeping the conversation alive as well as fun.


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Build Your Network One Relationship at a Time

Build Your Network One Relationship at a Time

Getting people to Know, Like, and Trust you is dependent upon human interaction. That is face-to-face, in-person conversations vs. connections made over social media. That said, remember to build your network one relationship at a time.

There is an Indian proverb that says, “An eagle that chases two rabbits, catches none.” This is true of relationships as well. You will not be able to develop lasting Know, Like, and Trust if you are focused on multiple relationships at any one time. In fact, the more relationships you attempt to develop at once, the less effective you become.

The point to this topic is this: As you are out being involved, do not feel the need to race about meeting as many people as possible … having quick, shallow conversations … collecting business cards and then haphazardly following up with a plethora of people you can hardly remember.

Rather work to have involved conversations with just a few people (and then attend another gathering and do the same).

  • Learn about people.
  • Invest time in who they are.
  • Be genuinely interested.
  • Conduct yourself so that when you follow up, you can do so with substance.         

By networking in this manner, your network will grow more quickly as people begin to Know, Like, and Trust you. So don’t be an eagle chasing two rabbits and catching none. Instead, build your network one relationship at a time.


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Networking Rx: Socioeconomic Status Impact On Networking (EPS 222)

Socioeconomic Status Impact on Networking

Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, reviews and discusses an article from the Harvard Business Review (https://tinyurl.com/y6w3gjjy) on how socioeconomic status impacts the way people network.

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334) A Rookie Back-Up

A Rookie Back-Up

Jacob Givens really wanted to play hockey for his high school, the Hancock Bulldogs in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Unfortunately, competition was stiff. As a result, Givens failed to make the team his freshman and sophomore years. And that was likely going to be the case his junior year as well. You see, the team was fully stocked with veteran players at his position.

Nevertheless, Givens really wanted to be a Bulldogs hockey player. So, he did something unconventional. He did something he really didn’t want to do. He tried out and made the team as a goalie, as the team only had one other person at that position.

And because of this, one weekend he had a chance to shine. You see, when the starting keeper was injured, Givens stepped in, provided a heroic effort, and helped the Bulldogs defeat two top-ranked opponents. The lesson is simple: In life, often to do the things you want, you have to do the things you don’t.


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