Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, talks with Gina Trimarco of Pivot 10 Results, a sales and leadership strategy company that helps teams be more human through improv-based training. Yes, she was a great guest, AND you can learn more at https://ginatrimarco.com/
According to research, among people’s greatest fears are:
- Death by Fire
- Public Speaking &
- Vacationing with In-Laws
Not far behind is finding oneself in a room full of total strangers. Even if you don’t fear that situation, you might NOT be totally comfortable with it. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
One surefire method to overcome the anxiety of being at events is to Have the Right Frame of Mind. While this may sound obvious, there are plenty of people who trip up their networking efforts before they even arrive at the event.
Remember that networking works, although not always exactly as you had hoped. Before you embark on the networking event, you need to truly believe that the process works and that your mere presence has set that process in motion.
While your mere presence is important, you will totally undermine your efforts if you bring with you anything but a positive disposition. Now, not every day, month or year, for that matter, can be a good one, but there is something good about each. Reflect on the positive aspects of your personal and professional life. Do what you can to be of uplifting spirits. Remember, while support groups can be a networking opportunity, most networking events are not designed to be support groups. So, leave your worries at the door, to the extent possible.
Finally, embark on any networking event with a sincere expectation of the outcome. It may not be all that you hoped for, since there is no guarantee that you will get a new client out of it. But know this – something will come from you being there. You might meet someone that can refer you or put you one step closer to a new client. You might reconnect with a former client or center of influence or gain a piece of information that holds untold value. There are a plethora of potential benefits that can come from any networking event. You will never get it all, but you will likely always get something.
Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, shares some ideas on how to be active, while still being patient.
Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, talks with licensed clinical social worker Bill O’Herron about his book Waking Up Marriage. Learn more at https://wholecounseling.com/
As a businessperson, you need things today, like clients, information, and contacts. Guess what? You are going to need those things tomorrow, too. And the next day, and next week, and next year. And where will these things come from? One word – Relationships. Thus, creating and nurturing productive relationships is an ongoing endeavor. Your job is never done.
Know this: Some days your networking efforts are going to seem worthwhile. On these days, it will be easy to keep after it. Other days your networking efforts are going to seem like a complete waste of time. On these days, you will want to swear it off. Don’t!
Have faith. Opportunity comes from the most unlikely places and it is all the result of the productive relationships you nurture over time. So, never quit trying to build Know, Like, and Trust.
To summarize, while knowledge is important to be successful at anything, what is vital is being proficient at networking. Networking is about building solid relationship where people know you, like you, and trust you. These things are achieved through certain actions and interactions with those in your network. These actions involve consistent generosity, reliability, and commitment to others, just to mention a few.
Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, answers questions (asked by sales pitch expert Nick Capozzi) on networking in a virtual world. Connect with Nick via LinkedIn … https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-capozzi/
Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, invites Christina Providence (Gestalt Professional Certified Coach) back to share about using Facebook Groups to network. Find Christina at www.theprovidencemethod.com.
Whether you are 19, 90, or somewhere in between, you know more people now than you could possibly meet over the next year (maybe two or three). Think about it. You know people in your community. You know people from high school, college, and your plethora of career moves (or those moving careers around you). You know people through your kids, parents, or family. You know lots of people.
While meeting new people is always an important part of networking, there is a tremendous advantage to networking with familiar names and faces – they already Know, Like and Trust you. That is a tremendous head start to productive and effective networking.
Given that, an important part of building your business or career network is to dig into your “now electronic” Rolodexes, card files, or little black books and mind your existing contacts. Reconnect with these old friends and acquaintances. Get caught up on their lives. Think of ways you can help them. Share with them about your professional endeavors. Remember to ask for assistance.
The “Know, Like, and Trust” is already there. All you need to do is capitalize on it.
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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/