Chances are this is how you’re networking, collecting business cards that will remain in your pocket until you wear that jacket again. Instead, you could be building relationships that really matter?
Let me ask you. Do you look at an event on your calendar and think… I would give my right arm to just go home rather than this event? I hate smiling and acting as though I’m interested in what anyone is saying. Actually I don’t even like those people. Then you snap out of it. You grab a cup of coffee that gives you a little jolt and vow… I’m going and I will be the most charming person in the room!
Tell me which YOU really shows up at that event? Chances are its someone in between. And I guarantee you that whomever you meet recognizes the insincerity, forced smile and faked interest. I’m telling you now, instead go home because the event will be a big waste of time… yours and everyone you meet.
There is a better way.
Instead go home and think about what you really want in your practice. Who is your ideal client? Where do they go? What is important to them? How could you help them? What circles would you like to be a part of? NOW… how can you act on the answers to these questions? This process is strategic and it’s the foundation to building relationships that matter.
How can you build trust with these new people? There is one question that Inc. Magazine writer John Hall asserts will be a game changer.
How can I be helpful to you?
Yes, it’s a simple question that could change the trajectory of your practice and your life. Hall points out:
- It allows you to help others better.
- It cuts through any potential awkwardness of a new relationship.
- It enables you to be proactive.
Try it! You will be building relationships that matter, and that IS a game changer!