Sunday, March 11, 2012

What's the Buzz About You?

Normally it is considered bad form to be focused on yourself when networking. Learning about the skills and needs of others and then making valuable matches is the cornerstone of effective networking.

However, having a sense of how people talk about you when you’re not present is important not just for your legacy, but to gauge how much you’re valued. Much of your long-term benefit from networking will come from the goodwill that you earn. How people talk about you is certain evidence of the state of your goodwill.

Our relationship with our community is a reflection of how we treat our community. If your concerned about your buzz take these two steps:

  1. Do as well as you can by other people - be fair, return calls, extend yourself in the service of others, etc...
  2. Be positive or say nothing - gossip and bad mouthing people serves no purpose...if you have a problem with someone take it to them and give them a chance to fix it...not only will you make a new friend, but you’ll reduce the chance of negative gossip about you...
Many years ago Dale Carnegie said: "You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” In other words, the way to make a friend is to be one.

Next week learn about, The Power of Advocacy

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