Ever wonder why some business people have tons of followers on twitter or have facebook pages that have reached the “limit” for friending? Or how about the person offline that networks flawlessly and you would give your eye tooth to be like? I pondered this thought and researched out what makes a person have a successful connection to others, online and off.
Really, it all starts by having a passion with a purpose. For example, at a meet-up offline or a chat room online, you will find that there are those that set out to greet, meet and REMEMBER others! It isn’t at all that difficult if you take the time to talk to people about yourself and your business. When asked “what do you do?”, answer with enthusiasm and respect for your business. Don’t just offer a one line chat stopper like: “I am a graphic designer.” An appropriate answer would be: “I own an online company and design for TheMerryBird.com Designs. I love to create logos, book cover art, and stationery. I also enjoy wii fit Pilates.”
A great tip for connecting to someone is to REMEMBER their name and face. There are many tricks out there to help you not to forget. For example, imagine the person in front of you as a favorite movie star or even a family member with the same first name. This will trigger your memory next time you meet!
Did you ever meet a person while networking that wants to tell you how you should “do this” or “do that” to succeed? Instead of laughing it off or making it clear to the person why the suggestion won’t work – “Make the person who gives Advice feel Helpful” and offer GRATITUDE and thanks. This will eliminate tension and automatically create comradery.
Always show respect and disregard gossip of others. Gossip creates mistrust and makes for an unhealthy environment to network. Become the role model and point that conversation in a new direction with kindness and integrity. By having another view you can connect successfully online and off!
Do you have any suggestions to connect successfully to others online and off? Leave a comment to share!
(ref. Author Jill Spiegel, How to Talk to Anyone About Anything! The Secrets to Connecting)