Friday, December 04, 2009
NETWORKING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS
Many people believe the time to build your business or find a new career will stop about a week before the holidays officially begins and starts again after the holidays. I have a different belief.
I believe there is no better time to build relationships and meet new people than during this period. Think about it. You are invited to open houses, holiday parties for businesses and the organizations you are members of often suggest you bring a friend. All of a sudden, you have a whole new resource for meeting fun, connected people.
You do need some tools:
Up-to-date contact cards (business cards)
Make sure you carry plenty of them with you—not the time to run out.
Note cards to send after you have met.
My advice, keep on your toes, keep asking questions to start conversations and enjoy learning about people. Follow up with a note, and have coffee with them after the first of the year.
IMPROVING BUSINESS COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
When you are given a verbal agreement to say fix your car over the phone, make sure you write down what you heard them say and confirm with an email or fax.
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