I love this Buzz quote! It was sent to me by one of my mentoree's recently who has just embraced and implemented a networking strategy aligned to her job description. You see, like most people she was missing out on so many opportunities to leverage her existing networks.
That brings me to your 'festive networking challenge' - if you choose to accept? In a few days you will be (hopefully) surrounded by friends and family at Christmas get togethers all around the world (yes, we have buzz readers everywhere:).
A question I have asked most my audiences in 2011 was 'do your personal networks know how to promote you?' and alarmingly most confessed that the answer is no! For these people, may I suggest you focus on the later part of the BUZZ quote "...and working together is success". There are SO many untapped opportunities in personal networks and the responsibility relies on us to properly educate our networks on what we do so that they in turn can promote us to their networks when appropriate. Think about it, you would do it for them so why not let them help you too?
We held our End of Year Lunch last Friday and I asked everyone to tell me their highlight for the year - which we then printed on their place cards. These made great conversation starters and enabled our guests to get to know each other on a deeper level.
So when you are asked by uncle Geoff or cousin Sally 'How's work?" or "what do you do these days?", Don't brush it off and give a one word answer, take the opportunity to tell them a highlight in the form of a story so they can (finally) get what it is you do! Did you win a tender, start a new product line, diversify, streamline, win an award etc. Don't mistake this conversation for boasting, it's all about helping them understand you better, so the more stories and examples you can use the better.
Wouldn't it be nice to leave your festive events this year with a real sense of connection and achievement thanks to the conversations you lead?
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Happy Netships & Happy Festivities!