Today’s Blog post Stephanie Williams, founder of [alphaChicks]shares some of her favorite networking tips.
It’s a new year full of new resolutions and goals and yet, I’m sure one thing still remains the same: find new prospects and make new connections. So, here are our top 3 tips to building a quality rolodex:
- Quality over quantity. Getting a ton of business cards can make you look productive but probably isn’t more than glorified desktop décor. Focus on networking in places where you have either a common interest such as an industry or target market or a like-minded purpose and vision. Honing in on these types of groups or events will help you work smarter, not harder.
- You create your fate. Once you find a quality place to build your base, SHOW UP with consistency and a givers mentality. Trust me; we all notice those that only show up when they need new business and leave just as quick without ever giving back. Stay connected, give first and, more than a great reputation, you will also get the connections you need. What goes around comes around.
- Love on your people. Don’t EVER forget the power of referrals from current clients and centers of influence. You have already earned their trust and goodwill. Create a plan to show them how much they mean to you and your business and another plan to simply ASK. Maybe it’s as simple as a schedule of phone time to reach out, or as elaborate as a gift/entertainment campaign and planned dinners. Either way, they are already in love with you; show them some love back!
Submission written by:
Stephanie Williams, founder of [alphaChicks] and owner of BlueEyes & BareFeet Design.