Wed 5 Sep 2007
3 Easy Steps To Profitable Business Relationships
Many people with successful businesses say that it is due to the business relationships they maintain. You need to continuously connect with people on both a personal and professional level.
Meeting and knowing influential people will help your small business to succeed. It is only by building and maintaining relationships that you will be able to expand your network. The most successful business owners have a vast network, and it is useful to tap into for advice when making an important decision, or as a referral system to obtain quality hires. They also spend a considerable amount of effort to maintain it.
Here's how they do it:
Pay Attention to People
You need to pay attention to people when they talk. If at a later date you meet them and you remember things they have said, it will leave a good impression. Try and meet new people every day, regardless of where and when you meet them. If you help people get what they want, they will eventually help you get what you want when you need it.
Don't Be Shy
The most successful business owners love their businesses and are proud of them. More than this, though, they let it be known. Don't be afraid to talk up your business to the people you meet. You must be your business' most outspoken advocate. If you don't do it, who will?
Make Networking a Priority
You must be able to find new ways of meeting people. You can start by moving out of your comfort zone. This way you will be able to do something new and at the same time create a bigger and better network. Try learning a new skill, or commit to attending a business seminar at least twice a month. The key is to seek out new experiences, and you will by extension meet new people who may be able to help you advance the goals of your business.
Business is all about relationship building, but you have to start somewhere. Follow the steps above and you'll have a bigger network in no time.