248) Set An Example Of Action

Networking is a verb, an action word. Thus, you cannot network by sitting back and letting the world operate around you. You need to get out there and actively involve yourself.

At work, if there are extracurricular projects to tackle or committees on which to serve, be at the forefront of getting involved. In your business, take the initiative of finding an industry association to join. In addition to your work or business, actively involve yourself with local school, civic and charitable organizations.

What is so special about you being actively involved? Like magic, it transforms you into something special. People want to associate with you when you are actively engaged in something beyond the daily minimum requirements.

When you set an example of action, you project yourself as a doer and a person with achievement potential. And these prospects of success attract others to you. Your action gives others a much greater interest in getting to know, like and trust you.


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239) Leaders Lead

Leaders lead. They don’t seek permission. They lead.

They don’t wait to be elected. They lead.

They don’t wait to be asked. They lead.

They’re the first to arrive. The last to leave. They roll up their sleeves and dig into whatever they’re asking of others. And they don’t stop until they ensure all is done.

Leaders lead without title, compensation or recognition. Leaders lead to fill a void of courage. Leaders lead to create a vision that’s not quite clear. Leaders lead to offer care and empathy when they see the need. Leaders lead.

Here is the reality: You’re a leader. It might be of a vast, far flung corporate empire. Or it might be a certain aspect of a small group or team. It might just be a younger someone needing that guiding mindset.

Wherever. Whomever. However. You’re a leader. Embrace that role with pride. Throwback your shoulders. Lift your chin up high. And always remember, leaders lead.


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226) Inroads To Thought Leadership

Do you like to stand before a group and share insight and knowledge on your industry or profession? Would you be comfortable writing a similar article or piece for a newsletter?

If the answer is “YES,” from time to time remind your network that a good opportunity for you is an introduction to a group or organization that might be interested in a professional program on your expertise.

Chances are, in your area there are groups and organizations that would truly find value in what you have to say. In so doing, you brand yourself as a subject-matter expert as well as grow your network amongst lots of potential clients (and people who know potential clients).

While this sort of activity may not generate immediate business, it will absolutely build a foundation upon which lots of future business can result.


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