Thursday, August 5, 2010

What is Your Networking Why?

The first step to successful networking is to figure out your “Why”.

Why are you networking? This can be different for each individual, but most times when you get right down to it, it is to get business. Right?

Take a minute and write your “Networking Why”.
Now think carefully and expand upon your why statement.
Think about it carefully and write every step you will need to take to accomplish your “Why”.
This could be to prepare for meetings, schedule meetings into your marketing plan, sit beside a new person each meeting.

Step 2 is to create goals for your “Networking Why”.
Take some time and make a one year plan for your goals. Sounds like a long time, but planning ahead is the key.

Here are some sample goals to get you started:
Followup with all guests after the meeting.
Collect Birthday’s and send cards.
Get to know on member a week, or each week by planning a coffee meeting or a phone chat.
Get all members subscribed to your newsletter.

Step 3 is to make a Timeline
Now make a timeline for your goals and print it out and post it.
Schedule tasks into your daytimer such as the day each month you will send Birthday cards and schedule meetings.

Now that you have a plan of action, goals and a chedule you are set to see the powerful results networking can accomplish for you and the growth of your business.

If you would like help creating a plan please do not hesitate to contact me!
I am here to help!