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4 Strategies To Help You Learn To Love Network Marketing

May 21, 2018

"Closed Mouths Don't Get Fed"

 

People are so afraid of hearing "No" that they often don't even try. I often wonder why though. I remember as a child I asked my parents for everything under the sun full well knowing I would probably get one out of the five things I asked for. But I was not mad at those odds, and I always asked.

 

 

Hopefully, some of these tips I have for you today will help you get out of that funk, that fear of networking. Yes, I love speaking, I have spoken to crowds of over 20,000 people, but I STILL get nervous and even worse when it's a small crowd or even just one person, therefore I understand feeling uneasy. Networking even for the most successful can sometimes feel phony and uncomfortable, and even dirty. But let's face it, it is essential in today's world.

 

 

 There is a ton of research showing that professional networks lead to more jobs and business opportunities. One thing I ALWAYS say even about social media which I take from real like relationships is that you must nurture those relationships.

 

Here are four strategies that can help you change your mindset about Networking and making it something you start to love!

 

 


 

There is a ton of research showing that professional networks lead to more jobs and business opportunities. One thing I ALWAYS say even about social media which I take from real like relationships is that you must nurture those relationships.

 

Here are four strategies that can help you change your mindset about Networking and making it something you start to love!

 

 

1) Focus On Learning.

 

According to Harvard Business Review:

"Most people have a dominant motivational focus what psychologist referred to as either a promotion or a prevention mindset. Those in the Former category think primarily about the growth advancement and accomplishment that network marketing can bring them while those in the latter see it as something they are obligated to take part in for professional reasons."

 

Why fight it, learn to love something that will most certainly help you achieve your goals of being successful no matter what that success means to you. I am sure you can think of a work event you attended and didn't want to attend but somehow, whether it was over a glass of wine, or a shrimp cocktail you had a conversation with someone that may have lead to a new opportunity. Because it was a relaxed environment and you most likely had your guard down you did networking without even thinking about it. Try to remember that moment and network that way regularly in other environments.

 

2) Identify Common Interest.

 

This is a no-brainer. Why would you want to spend any time or even build and work together with someone that you have nothing in common? When you find common ground with someone you are networking with it will feel more authentic and meaningful and more likely to lead to a relationship that has those qualities as well.

 

“Potent networks are not forged through casual interactions but relatively high stakes activities that connect you with diverse others” - HBR

 

3) Think Broadly About What You Can Give.

 

Now let's step out the box for a minute. Even when you do not share an interest with someone, you can probably find something valuable to offer by thinking beyond the obvious and outside the box. I recently had a conversation with one of my clients in regards to her business. She holds weekly informational sessions about her side business inside of her current and was concerned about opening up her weekly meetings to persons outside of her team. I told her to think out of the box, not only would she be helping someone out of the goodness of her heart, she is now opening up exposure for her current business which this 'outsider' can benefit from and bring my client new business. So don't close yourself off to network opportunities that might not seem right up your alley at the moment. They might be that gold mine you're looking for.

 

4) Find A Higher Purpose.

 

Any work activity becomes more attractive when it’s linked to a higher goal, so frame your networking in those terms.

 

“We’ve seen this approach help female executives overcome their discomfort in pursuing relationships with journalist and publicist when we remind them that women’s voices are underrepresented in business and that the media attention that would result from their building stronger networks might help counter gender bias their deep seeded reluctance often subsides.”

 

Almost anyone feels better when working towards a feel-good purpose so try to find opportunities that help you check off your good deeds list, make your networking not only productive, but fun, exciting, feel good, and make sure to pay Mind To YOUR Business and tackle it like the boss that you ARE!

 

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