Do you want to know a secret to great networking? Here’s one from consultant Jason Treu from his book Social Wealth: “Meeting people in groups or organizations is the fastest and most efficient way to accumulate and manage your social capital and is the least resource intensive. This is the secret that super networkers use to consistently meet a lot of new people.”
Treu goes on to share that through groups and organizations there is a heightened degree of immediate trust. As a result, the exchange of referrals, contacts, and information is more free flowing. And, the association with like-minded individuals allows you to be more open, direct, vulnerable, authentic, honest, and giving. This results in you being able to more rapidly convert mere interactions into true relationships.
Knowing all of this, you should have every incentive to find a group or organization that fits you well. Then become involved with it as if your networking depends on it. Because it does.
“What kind of currency is more valued than a hundred-dollar bill, more compact than a quarter and accepted in every country?”
Jason Treu poses this question in his best-selling book, Social Wealth: How to Build Extraordinary Relationships By Transforming the Way We Live, Love and Network. And the answer is simple: Social Capital.
Social capital is the intrinsic value of the personal relationships within your network. These relationships serve to bolster your position in life by providing you with personal and professional opportunities, additional wonderful contacts, and ideas and insights.
As Treu continues, “The greater your social capital, the more opportunities, access and resources you will have to get what you want in life, the more relationships you will have, and the faster your relationships will progress.”
In summary, the people you interact with serve to put money in your pocket. It’s not necessarily direct, but the more and better people you associate with the greater your eventual wealth.