So you want more people to know or partake in the the products or services you offer but seems those close to you have no interest in what you are currently doing. Bit of a frustrating spot but if you want things to progress you will make the moves to get that business out there!
Its not about whats you know but who you know.
Networking groups may seem like a bit of a cop out but if you find the right people with similar ideas that could work well with yours you can make things happen! Other people who attend networking groups probably go to more than one so have a fairly large base of contact. Attending these can be a massive help, but its advised to not try and plug yourself too hard for the get go but make acquaintances, gain trust and work your way up from that point.
The more trust you have the better chance you’ll get at winning some great contacts from this!
Cold calling isn’t something people enjoy but you don’t have to pick up the phone to completely random folks for this. Select businesses or organisations that may have an interest in what you have to offer and let the work begin. Walking in to make small conversation is a great ice breaker! Writing a script of what to say (especially for phone work) can help massively with choosing the right working when contacting doing this, practicing also makes the words stick so try it!
These are just two ideas on how to make your lists bigger and get a better idea of who is ‘yes and who you leave alone. Don’t try to push anything at any stage, doesn’t make them change their minds but can ruin your confidence as well as their trust in you – if they have second thoughts they know how to contact you!
The secret to making it big is to keep networking, don’t stop when you’ve found one, two or ten – they could easily go cold so keep up the expansion and learn to accept the occasional rejection. Its happens but its not your issue so move on, find more and you’ll forget about it in no time at all!!
- The secret to building a dedicated following of fellow social networkers? (thewordbird1.wordpress.com)
- 3 Start-Up Networking Ideas That Actually Work (thedailymuse.com)
- 8 tips for more efficient business networking offline (agbeat.com)
- Answers to six of the most fundamental sales challenges in business (business.financialpost.com)