Take the Work Out of Networking: Here’s My Secret

Welcome back to “New Man, New Woman, New Week!”  I am fired up to be with you today.  And we’re gonna put a little business flair on this today for you, okay?

We’re gonna talk about networking, but work gonna talk about taking the work out of networking.  Now, New Man, New Woman, New Week, I really need that new man in that.  I really like leaving that “new man” in New Man, New Woman, New Week, but networking, we’re taking the work out.

Why?

Because here’s what I believe happens with people when it comes to networking.

I’ve seen it hundreds upon hundreds of times with different actors. When people go to networking events, the main focus is already on results that they want to achieve from attending that event before they event meet anybody.

Think about that for a second.

You’re gonna go to an event where you don’t even know who’s gonna be there!  You could end up meeting a best friend.  You could meet a new business partner, a colleague; who knows what’s gonna happen?

So here’s the action step; forget about any results that will come from a networking event.  Forget about any result that could come from a business outing that you’re invited to.  Just focus on loving on people.

You know what the world needs?

The world needs people to love on people.  Go Tweet that!!  Now include me @ContinuedFight.

Now here’s what you’ve gotta do, love on people!

So how do you take the work out of networking?

Show up to a networking event with an expectation and excitement to meet new people, to hear people’s stories.  Do you know how many lessons of life I have learned from showing up to business events, going to conferences, going to seminars?

I’ve had the blessing of being able to speak all over the world, from Singapore to Costa Rica, to Canada; I mean everywhere!  But what’s awesome about those opportunities is I’d go into those opportunities excited for new relationships, new people that I had the opportunity to meet, and that’s where the real learning comes from.

Even if I’m brought in as the keynote speaker and I’m supposed to deliver the big bang of that meeting, I walk away learning so much from hearing other people’s stories, and I think the more that you commit to your excitement to hearing other people’s stories, that work in networking, it’s gone.

You talk about passion for the process; it’s about loving on people, getting excited to hear other people’s stories.  So this doesn’t have to be some long video.  This is a short one.  This is a sweet one.  This is for you.  Forget about the results from a networking event.  Show up, have fun, get excited to hear other people’s stories.

And you know what I get excited for?  The stories of how these videos have impacted you, the comments I’ve gotten, the Facebook messages that we get, the emails that we get, that’s what drives me to keep bringing it to you every single Monday for “New Man, New Woman, New Week.”  Until next week, go do great things.

 

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