Networking is a funny thing to me. There are tons of books and programs out there that tell us how to do it and why we should. Many people dread networking and would rather go to the dentist. As a natural introvert, I can relate. And yet, we know that in order to build our businesses or accomplish our goals, we need to connect with and enroll others.
There are many ways to find and connect with people. I tend to prefer the direct approach of contacting people and seeing if they want to have coffee or chat. I am less enamored with monthly meetings held by professional organizations. Call me cynical, but the room is not filled with the people with whom I want to connect!
Teams Y and Z will be focusing on connecting on Day 10 for their program. Here is a portion of the email I sent to them:
The Theme for Day 10 is Connecting
Starting with Day 1, you have been approaching and getting to know new people and have been reacquainting yourself with contacts that you have not talked to in a while (you have, haven’t you? :-). Today is a day to focus on networking. There are several great sources for how to network and build relationships. One of the hottest is Keith Ferrazzi’s blog, Never Eat Alone. For those of you who struggle with the important role of building relationships, you might want to pick up a copy of the book (it’s a great resource for anyone, really).
Here is a link to a few of Keith’s posts that I think could be helpful in preparing for connection today (and every day):
Keith has a soulful approach to relationships that can serve our endeavors well.
Beliefs - actions - results.