Are you ever frustrated with time you have wasted?
Be selective of the people you are meeting with, the places you are networking, and how you spend your time. If you are not currently being selective of the meetings you accept and the places you go to grow your business, the month you start getting selective, you will earn back at least ten hours per month on your calendar. I have experimented with many people on this and ten hours has been the least amount of time saved. This will make a difference in your life, both professionally & personally.
Here a few tips in making the best use of your time in networking.
- Have monthly networking goals. If your monthly goal is to meet 7 new restaurants, then spend your time with people who can help you achieve this. Of course, prior to them helping you, you should find ways to help them!
- Pre-qualify your meetings. Ask questions before the appointment to make sure it is a win-win for the two (or more) of you to meet. This saves lots of time for both parties. Sometimes you are not the best fit and can refer them to that great 1-1 meeting or vice versa.
- Leverage a team of people regularly. You can really leverage your time by meeting with a group of the “right” people on a regular basis. The “right” people equal a win-win opportunity (there is an opportunity for you to help them and for them to help you). The group is in place to help each other and they were brought together strategically. A good example would be a power circle.
Enjoy these 3 tips & the results that follow.