Tuesday 1st August 2017
Building relationships to me is one of the most important skills that you need to develop. Over the past 50 plus years that I’ve been in business. I have met people who think networking events are all about “selling” or “working the room,” utter rubbish. I’ve always said that networking is not about that at all; it’s about meeting people and the start of building relationships. It is about projecting you and your company image to people. It’s about developing you and your business, not ramming “YOU” down someone’s throat. A simple fact is that you need to listen twice as much as you talk.
Building relationships through social media is a very strong way of expanding you and your business. Professional success is important to everyone, but still, success in business and in life means different things to different people. You can become better at relationship building by clearing your mind and practicing a few basic necessary acts. You have to have the desire to be heard and understood. Unfortunately, few people are taught how to be great listeners. Most people are too busy thinking of what they want to say next to really listen to what the other person is saying. Good working relationships give you several other benefits. Your work is more enjoyable when you have a good relationship with those around you. Also, people are more likely to go along with changes you want to implement and you’re more innovative and creative.
Building relationships are also often necessary if you hope to develop your career. After all, if your boss doesn’t trust you, it’s unlikely that they will consider you when a new position opens. Overall, you want to work with people you’re on good terms with. You also need good working relationships with others in your professional circle. Customers, suppliers, and key stakeholders are all essential to your success. So, it’s important to build and maintain good relations with these people.