Variety is the Spice of Life (and Networking)

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When you come into Networking Austin, it’s common to have a few questions.

  • When will you see results?
  • How soon can you expect meaningful lead generation?
  • How many people will you make a significant long-term connection with?

The answer to all of these questions is the same: It Depends.

It depends on the nature of your business, it depends on your own networking skills, and it depends on how proactive you are. Variety is a key element in the success of Networking Austin, but it can leave you feeling frustrated at the lack of guarantees when it comes to timescale.

Let’s go through the varying factors one at a time!

The nature of your business plays a role in how successful you will be initially. If your business is of a straightforward nature with straightforward needs—an auto repair shop, perhaps—then it will be easier for others in your group to grasp what you do and how they can help you. If you are, for example, a management consultant, it can take a little longer for meaningful leads to be generated as your fellow members form a clear understanding of what you need. If you know you are working within a niche or complicated market, be patient and communicate clearly with your group to foster strong understanding as soon as possible.

Your own networking (and personal) skills and your ability to be proactive come down to much the same thing. Some people, accustomed to traditional networking constructs, have difficulty with more gregarious and social environments in association with business. You may have trouble initially opening up and getting to know fellow members on a personal level. Similarly, you may hesitate about activities like bringing guests or arranging meetings outside of Networking Austin gatherings for fear of moving too fast.

These worries are unnecessary and will only hold you back. Just keep in mind that all you have to do is concentrate on building trust and being as active as possible. You have a successful business, and it can be assumed that daily interaction with others plays a part in what you do. Use the good communication skills you have and work on building trust. Making a consistent effort ensures that while it may seem to take a while, you will see long term results.

The great thing about Networking Austin is that it attracts members who are looking for a new way of doing business that is based on trust and personal connection. This can seem daunting at first, but all you need to do is immerse yourself in this new way of making connections.  The range of people you will meet and the variety of opportunities there are for positive networking will open up a new world of possibility. You just have to take the differences in stride and work towards finding a connection, personal or business, with everyone in your particular group. Once you do this you will see that everyone has something great to offer, including you!

Have more questions about Networking Austin? Contact us or come join us for a meeting!

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Posted on May 6, 2014 in Being Open-Minded In Networking

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