Fri 12 Oct 2007
Building Better Business Relationships
In today's complex business world, you need to build successful relationships to achieve your goals.
What are business relationships, and how important are they in the business world?
There are several ways to build business relationships, and the best way is through networking. Networking means using your creative talents to help others achieve their goals. The moment you cultivate a network of people and strategically position them, they work towards supporting you in your goals as well - without expecting anything in return!
Networking helps to build supportive personal and business relationships. You will constantly come meet new business associates and make new friends by sharing ideas. At the same time, you'll also be having a lot of fun and advancing the success of your business.
Here are a few tips to help you build better business relationships:
- Define - Understand your purpose and goals before you go start building new business relationships.
- Responsibility - Be accountable for the choices you make and for the consequences of your networking.
- Be open - Listen and be open to new ideas and suggestions to enhance your network.
- Be reliable - You should always be reliable and available when you are needed. You will find networking opportunities everywhere, so attend every industry function and meeting that you can.
- Be an individual - Be yourself and always project your authenticity.
- Be attentive - Talk less and listen more carefully.
- Contribute- When you network, you should contribute something - so be prepared to help others help themselves.
- Be polite- Say ‘thank you' and express your gratitude when others help you. Let them know your willingness to return the favor.
- Stay Connected - Always stay in touch with those who are supportive, via email or by phone. Never forget the people who have helped you out and never let them forget you!