If leaders think for a moment, they quickly realize that everything involving success involves relationships and engagement. Across our part of Canada, it is necessary to seek referrals, alliances, and strategic partners to build business and create opportunity. Networking is essential.
Dale Carnegie Training could write a new classic entitled: How to Win Friends and Influence People through Relationships and Engagement and it would sell. Business leaders must network on Social Media and through an array of events to build opportunities that keep organization growing. Maintaining relationships is essential for business and business growth.
Actual networking events that include Chambers of Commerce and other platforms have been essential for decades in relationship building. Asking questions in conversation when meeting people for the first time is a great way to start. Letting others talk about themselves and their business is a key Carnegie strategy. It is important to note that most people enjoy sharing the most important subject with you: themselves; who they are and what they do By asking, “Tell me about what you do.” or “Tell me about where you are from.”, you are facilitating an early alliance that benefits both of you.
Engaging others in a positive way and learning about others helps to create long term relationships and really increases the chances to grow. It just makes sense to attend local and regional networking events looking for individuals who can assist you on that continuous journey of success. Good people are always helpful if you ask the right questions. Everyone has a story.
Before the conversation ends and you move around the room, create a call for action to talk again.
Connections work for everyone so believe in them. Winning friends through engagement is a great strategy. It worked very well for Dale Carnegie. Make it work for you.
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