Every week you attend a networking meeting. Every week you go you talk about what you do. Every week you say hi to “Joe” and chat about the weekend.
Then one day you decide to meet Joe for coffee. After a ten minute conversation, he says “sign me up”.
Wow. That was easy, right?
Yet in many cases, that scenario plays out all over the world time and time again.
Because we simply fail to reach out and connect with the most obvious person that can use our services: the people we know best.
This happens for two reasons.
1. We get busy and don’t take the time to connect on a personal level with those around us.
2. We don’t go into enough detail when explaining what we do.
To solve the first problem is easy. Think about all the people around you. People you network with on a regular basis. People you run into when you’re dropping your kids off at school. People you worked with at the last event you attended.
This week – right now – pick out one person and call them up and invite them out for coffee. Don’t try and sell them. Simply meet them for coffee and talk about anything and everything. Get to know them on a more personal level.
Then when you’ve had coffee with that person, think of another. Call that person up and invite them out for coffee in the next week. Get to know them on a more personal level.
And so on. [Read more…]