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|· Sue Seward Living Gluten Free
|Success Coach, leader, networker, mentor, MLM author, networking, connecting and building relationships online since 1996. Teaching and supporting others in how to succeed in the Network Marketing profession.
Professional Network Marketer living at Lake Travis in Austin Texas with husband and two sons.
Enjoy family, reading, self development, helping others achieve success in Network Marketing, passionate follower of Christ, and listening (ie: Bible, Dani Johnson, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, Mark Gorman, Laurie Beth Jones), bird watching, lake activities, health/wellness and fitness, Yoli The Better Body Company, walking, gardening. Gluten Free foodie.
3 years ago
Connecting For Real Makes Us Better Networkers!
Network Marketing is a people business right? So doesn't it make better sense to realize that it's all about others and helping them get what they want? When we fail to find out what they want by not connecting with them for real it could cause us and them a lot of unnecessary frustration.
Why stay frustrated when life can be so much easier just by switching our networking efforts into connecting for 'real' mode!
We can easily find out what people we connect with are interested in by being real and showing we are genuinely interested by actually taking the time to ask them. Instead of shoving our agenda at them thinking we know what’s best for them. Saying things like, you must have this, you should see this, you should join this, you are going to really love this. How do we know what someone’s going to love if we don’t ask them, especially if we have not connected with them on a personal level?
Be open to connecting with people is the best way to find out what their desires and dreams are. Are they saying they are looking for extra income, more time with family, improve their health? If so, why is this important to them? After finding out our job is to help them by plugging them into a realistic plan that will work for them to achieve their goals. So it’s important to find out what sort of personality they have to determine the best way for them to build their business.
For anyone though to become a better connector it takes networking with lots of people including people in our own industry that are in other companies. Yes this is true! Building relationships with other networkers is a good thing because we never know when they may be in the looking zone and they are most likely going to get in touch with someone they’ve connected and built a solid relationship with. Doesn’t that make perfect sense?
We never know when our paths will cross and we end up prospering together. So it’s crucial to keep those bridges intact. If we happen to not connect then we could lose out on a great potential business partnership. Not to mention the valuable friendships created with people we meet along the road to a better life.
How do we make connections with people? Personally I've been doing this for over twelve years with people by building relationships through the Internet and phone. I've met many people personally and have spent time with them and their families at company and other industry training events around the country. I appreciate each and every one of them. I also enjoy local networking and making connections with people I meet at local networking groups.
It’s important to always keep an open mind. As business professionals we have the opportunity to make connections with all sorts of people where ever we go. If we stay closed minded and only connect with people in our own company or industry we could be losing out on some valuable resources to help us grow ourselves and our enterprise.
Connect with people by asking questions and keeping things simple. The more questions we ask the more answers we receive and a natural conversation starts to develop. When all we do is tell, tell, tell, we don't get any answers because we're not likely connecting with someone on their level where they are right now. It’s our job to find out where they are.
Where do these connections take place? Everywhere we go! When we’re out doing errands, shopping, volunteering at the school, jobs, on airplanes, in airports, on vacation, with Realtors when we're looking at property, at social functions, at family gatherings, in online marketing communities, company events, training events. Even when someone is reading an article they are connecting with the author.
Does this mean to shove a business and product down someone’s throat! Absolutely not! We are connecting with someone on a personal level! That means asking about them and genuinely taking an interest in what they are saying and what they are not saying. Make it about listening and learning. By doing so it’s easy to find out how to actually help a person and determine what direction they may want to focus on.
Our mission is to be the messenger. That means not to push, shove, manipulate or force people. The mission is to lead, guide, prompt and suggest. It is the responsibility of each person to give willingly for their own purpose. Sometimes it takes longer with one person than another but it's up to them to decide in which direction they’d like to take the partnership.
Using Tools & Technology To Connect
The telephone is always an excellent personal way to connect. Use it often and use it properly by asking questions that will connect you with the people you network with. Using video and audio messages is an excellent way to make a more personal connection with people online.
For quite some time the Internet has been an excellent way to connect with lots of different people by using email, online marketing systems, message forums and online communities.
Some of the communities to network and connect with people are, Facebook.com, Linkedin.com, Twitter.com, IMFaceplate.com, MeetUp.com, powerfulintentions.com, mlmwoman.com, MyDswa.com, and there are many other online communities. Do a Google search. Some are not places for blatant advertising; they are a place to connect with like minded people. Be sure to read the policies of each community and set up your profile with your business and personal information and your personal professional photo and find out where they offer advertising for your business. If you decide to join some of these online communities let’s be sure to connect - sueseward
When using technology be sure to turn high tech into high touch. Be a real connector offline and online by taking an interest in people and finding out what they do, where they live, do they love what they do, what are their hobbies, are they married, do they have children, grandchildren, are they happy with how their life is going, are they looking for a change?
It’s better not to force a connection when someone isn’t interested. Be sure they are open to making a connection especially in online marketing. The more real we are the more likely people will be open to developing a relationship with us.
Make better connections by building rapport so that those connections have the ability to turn into real long term relationships. Some of those relationships may also turn out to be exceptional business connections which means us prospering long term in Network Marketing.
Making better connections with people could end up being significant not only for ourselves but when we teach others to pay it forward think about how this could prosper our entire profession.
Everyone connecting and actually helping each other find positive solutions. What a concept right? Decide to start making better networking connections today and build a 'real' legacy in Network Marketing!
Merry Christmas & May You Prosper Greatly in 2011!
Sue Seward is a Network Marketing professional and servant team leader who has been networking, connecting and building relationships online since 1996. She has created a full time career in Network Marketing and lives at Lake Travis in Austin Texas with her husband and two sons. Sue co-authored the Direct Selling Women's Alliance book ‘Build It Big’ – 101 Insider Secrets From Top Direct Selling Experts & is a trainer on their Mentored By The Master Series CD and is a contributing writer for The Network Marketing Business Journal, and will be featured in the cover story in Home Business Magazine Nov/Dec issue on Network Marketing, MLMWoman.com, and TheNetworkMarketingMagazine.com and been interviewed on several home business radio shows over the last six years. Follow Sues blog at = = => http://www.sueseward.com
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