Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. – Thomas Merton.
Relationships are fundamental in any kind of social relations. Genuine relationships lead to long-term friendships, personal growth and of course, prospect sales.
In business, building your orbit stretches the limits of what you can achieve alone. The people you include in your network are those who are credible and that you can count on. And just like any relationships, it takes both giving and taking for them to work.
By being a person who is valuable, people see professionalism in the things you do. This is why you should start investing in good business relationships. In fact, connecting with new people is a vital skill to build such networks.
Business Owners: What are the habits observed in skillful connectors?
Here are some questions for you:
1) What makes you smile?
Tap: Smiling is the most attractive state a person can be. Smiles are also contagious; it is a simple act to make people feel better. A sincere smile can serve to break the ice at any time.
2) How do you build friendships?
Tip: Fostering friendship with someone new can take a long progress, but its outcome is worthwhile. The process includes building trust and empathy for one another.
3) Do you pay attention to others?
Tip: No one likes a person who is always such full of himself/herself. People want to tell their story. So, be the person excited to hear it.
4) How do you initiate the conversation?
Tip: When you walk into a room to new faces, see them not as strangers but as friends that you have yet to meet. Find out their full names, their family situations, and a few business or political opinions.
5) How can you contribute to others?
Tip: A friend in need is a friend indeed. Embrace generosity when it comes to helping your friend. Chances are, you may get the favour returned.
6) Are you open to conversation?
Tip: Openness makes you more approachable and pleasant. Thus, embrace the conversation happening around you. Everyone has something to offer; it could be your taxi driver or the stranger sitting next to you.