Since my departure from my good old days with 4Networking Australia, it’s been an incredibly profitable tour of self-discovery, new people and new awesome clients.
I totally loved 4Networking at the start when I was running the show and for a few years it became my “Home Group” where I met lots of amazing people and had some great times. It was very true that I didn’t fit in there anymore and as suggested to me by quite a few people, it was time for me to “find places that better suited me”. I will always miss those great people and power to them.
It’s now just a distant memory to me in that regard and when I originally was out of 4Networking, it was quite a shock to the system. Gone was the structure of the meetings and my position of seniority was no more forcing me to work on Charisma and ability to wheel and deal.
It didn’t take long actually, after about 2 – 4 weeks I felt very confident in myself and talking to the profitable positive, I found myself networking with larger businesses and have picked up new deals already! Yay – I am very happy with the way it’s playing out and in reflection I have been developing a “Networkers Mindset”.
Sure, I was a good networker – but lots of my results were based on my positional authority. Without that edge, I have improved my ability to network – and turn conversations anywhere into win / win business meetings.
I have already found that you never know when you are going to bump into someone you know. You have that pure moment in time and it’s possible that you may never see that person again.
So what do you do? Always carry cards, swap cards, add each other on LinkedIn, stay connected and build your presence.
For me I had a great one, I bumped into a very old colleague the other day who has been promoted many times since we once met – and we have a coffee meeting coming up (yay). Besides being a cool guy, he is a great business connection which you never know, could lead to some great Corporate Work for me.
My advice and thinking? Networking can happen anytime, anywhere and at a moments notice. Standing right before you may be a great connection for you. It however only will become a connection if you take the initiative and act on it. Have cards, be kind, think win / win, send follow up emails and network away.
Love your work, thanks for the read – and of course, stay Awesome!