Networking can be an effective tool that can have a powerful effect on the results your companies produce. In this snapshot from an interview between Dale Beaumont and Belinda Yabsley discover four insider tips for effective networking.
In 2005, Belinda was appointed to the role of marketing and customer relationship manager for Mercedes-Benz of Sydney and 2006 saw her become the first female and youngest branch manager of a Mercedes-Benz dealership.
Can you share some of your insider tips for effective networking?
- Keep in touch – stay in contact with your network every 60 to 90 days in some way or another. You may want to drop someone a handwritten note, send an article of interest, extend an invitation to a function, send out a regular newsletter, meet for a coffee, facilitate an introduction or visit their business. Remembering special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, Christmases, Chinese New Year’s and job promotions are another great way to stay in touch.
- Join a committee – becoming involved in a committee that you are genuinely interested in and are passionate about is a terrific way to meet new people. You may want to consider the arts, the environment, sport, politics or your favourite charity organisation.
- Business awards – entering or being nominated for business awards can provide an introduction into the world of some of the country’s most talented and successful business people. There are many ways in which people can stay connected with one another; it just requires time, commitment and effort in doing so.
- Find an expert – the godmother of networking in Australia is, without doubt, the wonderful Robyn Henderson. I encourage those with little experience in networking to visit her website, www.networkingtowin.com.au, where you can learn from the master, order her books, download e-books and valuable articles, attend Robyn’s seminars or sign up for her regular e-zine.
There are many ways in which people can stay connected with one another; it just requires
- commitment and
- effort in doing so.
For more of this interview and effective networking tips check out “Secrets of Top Sales Professionals Exposed!“