I have been to so many events and speakers hammer on the importance of network, reemphasising quotes like “Your net worth is equal to the value of your network” and almost immediately after each event, I notice most people are overzealous to implement what they have just learned and create networks, the only problem is, they just keep talking on and on about themselves and talking at the other person without necessarily trying to listen. Then they take business cards and never really follow up or even get remembered because they did not really make a positive lasting impression and their intent got buried like the other 30-100 people trying to achieve the same objective.
Because Strong Networks are formed on Lasting Relationships. You don’t want a one-off, you want to meet Bill Gates and ensure he remembers you and calls you by your first name every time you cross paths. You want him to talk about you to someone else. You don’t want to just be a random network you want to be part of the inner circle. The person they would go the extra mile for.
If you have more ideas on how to create lasting relationships, feel free to share.
Article first posted on My LinkedIn