How many times have we heard that relationships are our greatest asset without seeing the behavior that backs it up? Real business success is extremely difficult without building great relationships. So it’s time to invest!
As we discussed in Part 1, practicing your social, communication and mental skill sets is crucial to getting better at the relationship building process.
Building strong and effective relationships also requires you to practice the skills in the right place that will help you and your network. I have done six exercises at the end which will help you in this case too.
Let’s continue to discuss the main places you need to go
Charitable and non-profit
I am a huge proponent of going to charitable and non-profit (such as museums, symphony, opera, etc.) events. Most of these organizations have monthly or quarterly events and some have a festival once a year.
Charities, nonprofits, networking and other fun events are really great because they are usually held in the middle of the week when many other events do not happen and they are usually cheap (e.g., পান 10- $ 15 with a drink and sometimes appetizers). You can go out for just a few hours in the early evening and usually go home before nine.
Many people who attend these events are very well connected and very social professionals and business executives, and have their own large network that you can tap into. Compared to other environments, people at these events are much more open and less alert to meet others.
The setting makes it easy to break the ice in the initial conversation because you can ask people if they are members of the organization, etc.
As you continue to attend these events, you begin to recognize the same people. Why? Because a lot of people are involved with some charitable, non-profit, cultural and networking organizations and they go to their events regularly. Also, they are often socially mobile professionals who will be out in your town and doing social work.
Soon they will start reacting to you as if they have run away with an old friend. Chances are, they’ll actually see you more than they do their many good friends.
That’s why it’s a great opportunity to build new relationships and grow your network faster!
You will also find that some people have been associated with the same organization for years but have rarely talked to each other. You can help them connect and create new connections for themselves and this is an important opportunity. It’s really a way to take your life to the next level!
If you find a group that does something that you feel passionate about, take it to the next level and volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to meet more people in an organization. Just contact the organizer and say, “Hey, if you need any help, I’m available.” The organizer will usually introduce you to other volunteers so that you can quickly get to know the people involved in the organization.
If you have a high level of social concern, volunteer before the event so you can get used to the environment and meet some of the people in the organization.
Just visit the website or Facebook page and see who is in charge of membership and events. Contact them and tell them you want to volunteer for their next event. I will say in the email that you want to work at the check-in table at the beginning of the event. In many cases, if you are a volunteer (even an expensive gala event) you can go to a free event. If you work at the check-in table, you can meet a lot of people at events when they come. This makes it easier to work in the room later because you have already met them once and made some initial relationship.
Next, Golf course Places where a lot of networking and business deals are done. Learning to play it is a great game because of the connections you can make on and off the golf course. You can join a country club, golf association, or participate in countless golf charity outings throughout the year.
Here are some more great places to visit:
- Business Owners Association
- Main Professional and Trade Association
- International (for international connections)
- Alumni Association (College or Graduate)
Lastly, you’ll want to look at places where your potential and other core business goals go
The first part of building a strong network is going to the right place to practice. Make a list of your goals and start going to the event. You will begin to see your opportunities expand significantly, both personally and professionally.
I want to give you a quote from Dr. Evan Misner: “First, you have to be visible in the community. You have to go there and connect with people. This is not called net-sitting or net-eating. It’s called NetworkingYou have to work it out.
Jason True A top life master trainer (and refined lawyer) helps men and women build the business, relationships and lives of their choice. Her new # 1 bestselling book, Social resources, A guide to how to build great personal and professional relationships. You can Download his free guide“Six Exercises to Start Your Professional Relationship.”
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