156) Be The Resource

Be the Resource

Would you like to be known as a generous connector? Of course, you would.

Would you like to be considered a source of information and opportunities? That’d be great too.

How do you make this happen? It’s simple.

Tell everyone you know that if they need anything … anything at all … to let you know. Clients. Information. Staff. Vendors. Whatever.

Tell them that you have a vast and growing network.  And, while you cannot guarantee it can help them, let them know you would like to try.

And whether or not you’re able to succeed, this will give you an opportunity to tap into your network and find ways to help others.

From this, in time, you will get the reputation of being a wonderful resource. And this is something that will serve to attract people to want to connect with you, thereby growing your network.

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Networking Rx: Sharing The Sea Of Opportunity (EPS 236)

Sharing the Sea of Opportunity

Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, shares a metaphor using candy as a means of illustrating the power of looking for opportunities to help others.


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There is No Shame in Asking

There is No Shame in Asking

If you want people to Know, Like, and Trust you remember There Is No Shame In Asking. Call it human nature or call it the American Spirit, but we are hardwired to help one another. Certainly, the aftermath of the events of September 11 (or any major tragedy) make this abundantly clear. People will go to great lengths to help one another.

With this, the only thing that separates you from the help that you need is you asking. Dare to ask. Remember, if you are focused on giving and helping others, it is only fair that you attempt to partake in the same process.

  • Let others know what kind of help you want.
  • Describe the types of people you are trying to meet.
  • Explain to your centers of influence how they can help you.
  • Solicit people for information on groups or organizations where your ideal clients might be members.

Understand this, there is no shame in asking. If you are polite and appreciative of whatever they give (even if it is only time), people will come through. Not everyone, but enough to make it all worthwhile. Equally important, however, is this. When you reach out to others, you are in essence affirming that they have value to offer. It is a wonderful compliment. For that, they will be flattered. As backward as it might seem, they will Know, Like, and Trust you for reaching out to them.

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319. Could Someone Help You?

Could Someone Help You?

According to the book Foundational Networking, if you open yourself to receiving help from others, it appears that you’re only getting from your network. But in an interesting sort of way, you’re actually giving to it.

You see, when you allow someone to help you, you are, in essence, giving them the joy of helping you. Think about it. You give them the opportunity to experience the same elation you feel when you do things for your network.

Know this: The people in your network want to help you. They do. You help them and they want to return those wonderful deeds. They want to share with you referrals, contacts, information and meaningful opportunities.

So, today, think about and answer this question: How could someone help you? Once you seize on an idea, don’t be afraid to seek that help. In so doing, you’re not only receiving; you’re actually contributing to your network, too.

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196) Would You Stop?

In his book, “No One Gets There Alone” author Dr. Rob Bell poses an insightful question: “Would you stop?”

To elaborate, after a grueling one-mile, open-water swim, Bell was 32 miles into the biking portion of a triathlon when his back tire blew out. With neither the equipment nor ability to affect a repair, his race seemed to be over.

Then two competitors stopped, sacrificing their standing in the race, and helped Bell back into the competition. As he raced on, he couldn’t help but ponder, “Would I have stopped?”

That was a moment of great inspiration for him. Bell now not only stops when he sees someone in need, he actively looks for the opportunity. And he doesn’t limit this to athletic competition. It has become a way of life, making small sacrifices to aid others.

So, when he asks others “Would you stop?”, it’s not really a question, but rather an invitation to be part of his team of selfless heroes.

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The Golden Rule in Action

The Golden Rule in Action

No doubt, when interacting with others at networking events you are hopeful of getting things … clients, important contacts, and useful information. Understand this: They are too. You can make an indelible impression on them by finding some way of helping them – even if only in a small way. So as they talk, run whatever they are saying through a filter that queries: “How can I add value to this person?” This is the Golden Rule of Networking – Give first and get second.

There is nothing that says that you have to help them right there and then. If you can help them in that moment, great. If not, do not despair.

Just understand that you make the most of building that connection by trying to find some way you can add value to them later. It might be a referral. It might be a contact. It might be useful information for them.