As a business owner, networking will be one of the keys to your success. People still like to do business with people, and so your network will translate into your net worth, which is why it's so important to follow the 10 Commandments of Networking.
I was at a seminar this afternoon, and one of the presenters shared this list of the 10 commandments of networking with us, and I thought you would appreciate knowing them too.
Here are the 10 Commandments Of Networking
10. Partner up with people who you can trust and who complement your skill set and strengths.
You've heard the saying that you become the average of the 5 people you associate most with, so make an effort to associate with people who believe in your dreams and can help you achieve them. Another great rule of thumb to remember is that if you're the smartest person in the room, it's time to look for a new room!
Always be seeking out mentorship and association with people who can help you raise your game and achieve new levels. If your current network is the gossip group that likes to hang out at the local cafe and talk about what the neighbours are doing, or rehash the evening news, then I'd encourage you to find a new group. That atmosphere will only drag you down or keep you stuck in your current reality. Find a group instead that's doing great things, and working on new projects that will inspire and motivate you to do big things as well.
9. The power of vision and hope.
I'm not a particularly religious person, but I've heard this expression enough times to know that it's from the Bible. Perhaps you've heard it too.
"Where there is no vision, the people perish"
Having a vision - which is a precisely defined goal with a detailed plan for achieving it and a deadline for it's attainment is what will keep you on track when life throws you for a loop. We all face challenges at times, and it's having a clear vision of where we're going and the hope or belief that we'll get there that keeps us moving forward even through the hard times.
Without that vision, you'll fall back into old habits and routines and you'll never attract a tribe without a vision. People are looking for leadership, and people with a vision of where they're going tend to attract followers.