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First off, where networking is concerned, my priorities are this:
I am a wife and a mom of seven kiddoos first. I am a networker last. With that said, I have an incredible husband who supports me and thinks I am a wonderfully smart lady! Thankful for that..
He thinks I am on the right track. That networking is where it is at and that I will crush it! Thank you, hubby!!
Secondly, networking requires extreme etiquette.
But, an event happened this evening while making supper, that reminds me that we need to be on guard and on our game at all times.
I was caught off guard, which I regret, but, what I regret most is that we did not try to get to know each other or apologize or offer to call on connect at another time. We both lost a chance at a great networking relationship.
He made assumptions.
I made assumptions.
When is that even right?
The converstation went like this:
Him: Hi, I am so-and-so, and I found your number on such and such platform, I wanted to do a little networking. Do you have some time?
Me: No, actually, I don't.... I am in the middle of making supper (as I stand over the stove stirfrying chicken). You can message me on such and such platform if you want..
What?! Wow! well, I made sure supper wouldn't burn, and shot him an annoyed text, because what good hearted, sensible woman like me wants be run over by a networker??!!
It was a short and sweet exchange between us, but, this is not right on either side.. Bad timing on both parts. We all need to remember our manners and maybe not react quite so quickly. While I was trying to be civil, I was shocked and upset...
In Network marketing, we must remember:
1. People want three things: time, money and freedom.
2. We should waste none of those resources.
3. We need to make sure people want what we are offering!
4. It is all about relationships!!
If you don't have time to get to know people, don't call. I don't necessarily even like talking on a phone. Does that make a difference to you? It should...
In fact, I would message a person to get to know them first before I would even think of calling a person, which I personally never have to do!
...Calling people in my humble estimation has gone the way of the 90's.
A. It is intrusive to call.
B. It is an assumption that your call is welcomed. It usually isn't!
C. And a phonecall should be, for best results, a partnership on both ends. You ASK to call and make sure the CALL is relevant and necessary.
You have to build relationships! We have to know people, their wants and needs, desires, goals.. We have to know who we we are talking to.
We sure aren't going to get to know those things calling a stranger who is rushing around cooking supper!
No one won in this situation, but, maybe, my experience can help someone not make either of those mistakes!
The next time you want to connect with someone, make sure you are genuine, sincere, and actually care about the person on the other end as that is where it all begins and.... ends!