Real success is not only personal hard work, it is rarely won alone.
Balancing all those spinning plates takes know-how, long hours, and the skilled helping hands of others who support your career. Building a business is about making true connections with the people you enter. Strengthening your network is a pivotal component to your business. So the next time you’re at a networking event, try using these four tips to build your next business relationship, find your co-founder or meet your future colleague!
Don’t underestimate the power of social media connections
Liking a photo or updating your Facebook status is not a connection. But there is power in social media and real connections can be made. Is there someone on Instagram that you follow that you could see yourself potentially working with one day? Go beyond the like button and DM with a short message about how you admire their work, give a small elevator pitch and sell them on a small idea that you could collaborate on. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
Pay attention to detail
A detail orientated individual will go far in life. You’ll be at the top of your game if you take the time to learn someone. Focus in, put down the phone, and have a conversation that lives outside the norm. Send a ‘thank you’ or a bottle of their favorite wine as an appreciate gift. Trust us, kindness goes a long way.
Genuinely communicate beyond your business
The person you help out is likely to help you down the line – often even without asking if you have a genuine relationship. So, don’t hoard your contact with a person solely around your business. Get to know them and build a bound worth communicating outside of your 9 to 5.
Slow down, you’re going too fast
It’s not a myth, it’s the true. Fostering relationships has taken a backseat to social media connections, but it’s effecting that speed with which we communicate in person. You’ll find yourself emailing a business deal or sending a text before you communicate over the phone. Complete virtual communication will equal long term success. It’s those face-to-face connections that people desire to invest in your business.
What are essential tips you live by when building business relationships?