Do: get a warm introduction to this person. Find someone in your active network who will facilitate a warm introduction for you to this person.
- Don’t: call this person before you’ve done your research and have thought through your purpose for connecting with them. Why do you want to connect with them and what you will be asking them for?
Do: get into a positive state of mind and body when you make the call. Practice a physiology of excellence such as standing up to make the call.
- Don’t: allow yourself to get distracted with other things such as incoming emails, driving, kids, dogs, etc.
Do: introduce yourself immediately. Reference the mutual connection that you both know.
- Don’t: confuse the person you are calling and have them wonder if you are a telemarketer trying to barge in on their time
Do: get to the point quickly. If you get their voice mail, leave a crisp and compelling message with your contact details. Give them motivation to call you back.
- Don’t: waste their time with idle chatter or “shooting the breeze” conversation. Don’t leave long winded voice mails messages that get cut off.
Do: thank them for their time. Ask how you can help them. Ask for their permission to stay in touch (e.g., send them a Linkedin® invitation)
- Don’t: be a taker or user. The true spirit of networking is helping others and asking for help. You must be good at both sides of the equation.
Do: follow-up with them. Use different communication channels to stay in touch over time.
- Don’t: connect and run, never to be heard from again. Don’t go “missing in action”
Do: make that call. Connect with new people and build more mutually beneficial relationships to your professional network each and every week!
- Don’t: be a chicken or a reluctant networker. Don’t default to a more passive communication channel like email, which might go unnoticed.
Goal for this week:
Call two strangers and network with them over the telephone by the end of this week . Your goal is make two new business connection and invite them into your professional network.
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