“Success Begins From The Inside Out!”
Fall is upon us, and the weather and leaves have already begun to change. Our clocks have been set back as we begin to reflect upon the year. This is the time of year when we give thanks for all that has been given to us over this past year.
Networking is all about exploring new opportunities and making connections with others that have this same common goal. An integral part of forging strong bonds through networking is the concept of reciprocity – a positive action receives another positive action, rewarding kind actions. It’s called a “Giver’s Gain” approach. When we give to those we network with, usually in the form of a referral, introduction or some other desired opportunity, those efforts are likely to be met by an equally rewarding action given by the other party.
That’s a concept we can all be thankful for!
Express gratitude to maintain your personal and business relationships.
As we go through life, there are going to be countless people who do favors or nice things for us. Without these favors we may get stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Usually, these favors are done with nothing expected in return. When that happens we need to at least say “Thank you.” But sometimes, we are looking to do a little bit more to show appreciation for the things people do for us. Showing gratitude can be as simple as a handshake and a smile, but there are many ways to express gratitude to the people who do things for you in life.
Look back and reflect over this past year … Who have you connected with that has given you a lot of opportunity and helped you become more successful in your career this year? Has anyone given you some beneficial advice or constructive feedback on your elevator pitch that has really helped you to soar in networking? Do you have someone with whom you can always count on to go to a networking event?
No matter how far you are with your networking ventures, give thanks to those who have gotten you to where you are.
Here are a few ways you can express your gratitude
- Take these people out for lunch or coffee, the easiest way to express gratitude is to take them out to a moderately expensive dinner, while fitting the bill. You may not think that showing gratitude in this way means much, but when someone isn’t expecting it at all, they’ll be plenty happy with your method of thanks.
- Offer Your Services – If someone does a favor for you, feel free to take your professional skills and offer them up for nothing. Expressing gratitude isn’t about a discount, it’s about being kind enough to not put value on what you offer. Whatever your skill may be, you don’t need to spend hours doing it to express gratitude, but a simple effort can go a long way.
- Send Flowers – Sometimes, the ones who do us favors are too far away for us to be able to thank them personally. While the amount of money or value of the flowers would have to be determined by you, keep in mind that most people don’t expect things in return for favors, and the thought of sending something is more than enough compensation for those who do those favors.
Offering your thanks for their support, and asking how you can help give back to them is paramount to the strength of your network and the success of your career networking activities, so nurture these relationships as you continue to network and as you establish and build new relationships.
Make sure you let those both in your professional and personal networks know how thankful you are for their partnerships over this past year … After all, no one can do it all alone !!
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
The above image is a Thankful Tree - each of our members that attended our Thankful Harvest Luncheon wrote on one of the leaf’s, what they were Grateful for in their “business” during 2012 … after they stood, read it aloud and hung the leaf on each of the branches to form our Tree !!!