4 Things Needed to Commit to Your Networking Resolutions

If you have made it your New Year’s resolution to network more in the coming year, only 8% of you actually achieve your goal. We’d like to increase that percentage by helping you love and commit to networking.

Every day is a good day to make a resolution. December just happens to be the month most of us evaluate our past year and set new goals for the coming year. According to StatisticBrain.com and The Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions and 24% fail at their resolutions.

If you’ve decided “this is going to be the year I hit the networking circuit hard to grow my business,” the most important factor in your success will be to ENJOY the networking process.  If you enjoy networking, it will be easy to commit to it. If you don’t enjoy it, you are more likely to fall into the 24% of those who fail.

To help you in your journey to success,  take a look at these 4 Ways to Commit to Your Networking Resolutions to Grow Your Business.

  1. Find the Right Group – There are countless networking events all over the United States every day as can be found via www.Places2Network.com and www.Meetup.com. But not every group will be a good fit for you and it is important to shop for one that suits your style, personality and shares your same philosophy.  You might know a group is a good fit for you as early as your first visit or it may take up to 3 visits. But don’t force yourself to network where you don’t feel comfortable. That’s a drag and will be hard to make yourself “show up.” Nip it in the bud and as soon as you know a group isn’t the right for you, move on. You will have greater success when you choose a group you look forward to visiting.
  2. Make Friends – When presented the choice to spend time with family, friends, acquaintances or strangers, who would you choose to spend your time with?  You likely answered you’d like to spend most of your time with friends and family and spend the least amount of time with strangers. When you network, make it a priority to develop friendships. Networking doesn’t have to be all business talk – it’s far more enjoyable getting to know fellow networkers on a personal level. Having conversations and asking questions that uncover common interests such as athletics, hobbies, children, pets, etc. builds trust and rapport quickly and can lead to friendship. Most professionals prefer networking with friends they look forward to seeing each week.
  3. Know Your Purpose – Don’t throw the proverbial spaghetti against the wall and hope it sticks. Without a clear purpose, you will spin your wheels on the networking road to nowhere. Know why you are networking. Identify in advance the resources, partners and connections you need to move your business forward. Are you looking for speaking engagements? Or perhaps you need to acquire a skill. Know exactly who you want to meet to further your goals and ask for introductions. Be sure to facilitate introductions for others as well.
  4. Have a Positive Attitude – Years ago, I used to say “I’m terrible at remembering people’s names.” I consciously stopped saying and even thinking this and replaced it with “I am GREAT at remembering names” and presto… over time, I became better at remembering names. It’s that simple. If you are thinking or saying how much you dislike networking, how will it be possible to enjoy it let alone love and commit to it?  Have a positive attitude about networking. Here are more networking tips that might interest you.

Networking is here to stay – it’s been around for a very long time and is a proven and effective way to grow your business. It will be easier to commit to networking when you enjoy your time, make friends, have a clear purpose and a positive attitude about the process.

What would you add to this list? Let me know with a comment below.red-arrow-down-left

 

 

Sabrina Risley

Sabrina Risley is a master connector. She’s been hosting live networking events since 2004 and has welcomed 20,000+ professionals to those events. She shares her observations, insights and tips of how the top 2% of effective and magnetic networkers build their businesses. She also shares what NOT to do when networking. Get her complimentary e-book: Strategic Networking for Success.
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13 thoughts on “4 Things Needed to Commit to Your Networking Resolutions”

  1. When I first came to networking I thought it would be tough-but I truly enjoy that it’s about building a relationship. You build something that lasts. It’s not a transactional activity. Know Your Purpose is the key item for me in this article. Great stuff!

  2. Great perspective Pete. It’s so true, when we focus on building relationships, it’s not only fun but everyone benefits in the long term. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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  4. Hi Sabrina,
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I am grateful to knowing you! You are an asset to the community.

    As a fellow networker, you are on spot in your current blog: 4 Things Needed to Commit to Your Networking Resolutions!

    Adding: Follow Up
    Following up with a quick hand written note or email shows you listened to the other person and one can start building the relationship.

    Thank you Sabrina and will pass this on!
    Nancy Chin-Wagner

  5. Aurelia Grinstead

    Thank you for your tips Sabrina. I absolutely agree with your tip #2. I have been a member of meet-up for more than 3 years now and I have only been to two groups. One of the group that I belong to I have developed great and long lasting friendship. Hope you have a great holiday.

  6. You’re welcome Aurelia… forming friendships sure makes networking more fun and easy to commit to. Thank you for reading my blog and for sharing your thoughts. Happy New Year!

  7. Hi Nancy… thank you for the holiday wishes. Thank you for reading my blog and for adding such a great point about follow up, a very necessary post-event activity in order to get the most out of your networking efforts. Happy New Year to you my sweet friend. I hope I get to see you more often in 2015.

  8. Sabrina,

    I’m so grateful for reading this post today. Your tips are much appreciated. Since I’ve been networking in Denver the last four years for other companies, I’m excited to form stronger friendships in the correct networking groups and really have a nailed down focus for my own company now.

    You are a blessing to the networking world, my friend.

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