Okay Then, what’s next?
I liked this article and wanted to share with my connections and all who read my blog. What happens after all of this. In business; and I don’t know too many people that don’t see it this way but here goes! I meet you and add you to my network…For what? Just to say I have you on my network. If we can’t do business, refer business, talk business, etc then what’s next? Would you listen to a struggling new artist who is looking for a record deal if you are the Director of A&R at Sony even if s/he was or was not linkedin with you? You would probably click, “I don’t know them” Great opportunities for business are around the corner for many (CEO’s, sales, mail room personnel, moguls, etc) but when we find success that takes us to a level of business where we don’t even converse with the person who maybe just the receptionist then we lose those opportunities.
Prime example… Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Who is that? Who is that? I know you’re wondering but check this out. In 1961 Martha Reeves joined the fledgling Motown organization in Detroit, where she served as secretary to William Stevenson in the A&R department. From 1963 onwards, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas became one of Motown’s most successful recording outfits, and Reeves’ strident vocals were showcased on classic hits such as “Heat Wave”, “Dancing In The Street” and “Nowhere To Run”.
Every Corner there is opportunity for business and the most important thing about most opportunity is….It’s free to listen to possibilities. Somebody in your company, organization or just that person trying to connect with you may present that opportunity. Whether your in need or not, just listen and maybe you’ll be surprised.
By Susan Ward, at About.com
Business networking is the process of establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with other business people and potential clients and/or customers. Notice that I don’t say anything about meeting people in this definition; the ever-increasing slew of business networking meet-and-greet events have given business networking a bad name. The key to true business networking is the establishment of a mutually beneficial relationship, and that’s an incredibly rare event at the standard shake-hands-and-exchange-your-business-card events that are touted as business networking “opportunities”. The purpose of business networking is to increase business revenue – one way or another. The thickening of the bottom line can be immediately apparent, as in developing a relationship with a new client, or develop over time, as in learning a new business skill. The best business networking groups operate as exchanges of business information, ideas, and support. The most important skill for effective business networking is listening; focusing on how you can help the person you are listening to rather than on how he or she can help you is the first step to establishing a mutally beneficial relationship.
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