Larry has always mentioned that networking would be successful only if you choose to be an active participant. The ten commitments of networking can be found in its expanded version in his articles and are touched upon in one of Larry’s popular three-hour business seminar “Networking: Making the right Connections!”
The first thing you need to do, even before you set out to learn about networking, is to understand what are your personal goals and purpose. You need to understand what you desire to achieve out of life and list them to ensure maximum success.
You need to understand that you will only be able to bring about a change in your life if you accept responsibility for your life, your actions, and your words. You should take responsibility for your choices and their consequences.
You have to be an open receptacle who is ready to listen to new ideas and is ready to take constructive feedback from others in your network so as to derive maximum benefit.
You need to get out of your comfort zone and show up and be part of various events, even if that’s not your first preference. Choose the various business and social events you want to be part of, the causes you support and attend these events and work towards expanding your network.
You do not have to put up an act to impress anyone. Always choose to be yourself and display authenticity.
Any time you attend a social or networking event, learn to observe. Larry says that listening 80% and talking 20% during these events will always help you learn more.
You need to understand that networking is a two-way street where you need to give as much as you get. Be ready to offer assistance to others and see how it returns multifold to you.
You need to step out of the discomfort in asking and ask what you want exactly. This way, you are making your intentions clear and helping others to help you better.
You should always acknowledge others for the contributions they have made and express gratitude for their help.
Do not end your networking process once you return from these seminars or events. Always attempt to stay in touch over email, phone or even through social media.