Five Tips To Choosing And Growing A Powerful Network
YOUR NETWORK IS YOUR NET WORTH
We live in a hyper connected world. Most professionals have a presence on a variety of internet based social networks. We all know a variety of professionals in various professionals. But unfortunately, in our very busy lives that are saturated with information overload and overwhelm, those networks will often remain a theoretical construct.
Imagine you need advice from a trusted source related to a topic you know very little about, who will you contact? Would you know a qualified professional or expert that will give you candid advice or steer you in the right direction? Or, you have a totally unique position in your firm, CEO, VP Operations, and you need objective advice, do you know someone in a similar position well enough to approach him/her with your issue?
1. ANALYZE YOUR POWER NETWORK
Have a good look at your current network, to see where the strengths and challenges lie. Who do you have, how strong are your relationships? Do you have key people on speed dial? Will they recognize your name?
2. CHOOSE WELL
Your power network will be much stronger if you develop a network with like minded people. You will grow to trust and be trusted sooner when your network members have the same ethics and value base as you, and it will be even stronger if they know each other to a certain extent. Have a look at the graphite vs diamond example in the column to the left.
3. DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS
You will only know about people until you develop a mutually beneficial relationship. It does take time and effort, but it is worthwhile investment in your career or business. Spend the time to get to know your network, and to let them get to know you. Be curious about others.
4. PAY IT FORWARD
All people appreciate help at the right time in the right way. A good question to ask a new connection is” How can I help you?” Another great strategy is to connect people who may find value in the relationship. It knits your network together, and builds a community around you.
5. MAINTAIN RELATIONSHIPS
Lastly, but most importantly, maintain the relationship. Make a point of remaining in contact regularly. Find reasons to stay in touch or send simple notes of felicitation, appreciation, or tips, tools and articles that may benefit the person.
Having a well established power network paves the way to growth and success.