My guest blogger this month is the wonderful Teresa Thomas who is an Author, Speaker and Networking Expert. Teresa has been a professional connector for over 20 years and believes that networking is really about seeing the interconnectedness between all of us. It is about listening and noticing the way we can lift each other up. As we enter the holiday season Teresa has kindly shared 10 top tips which are easy and inexpensive ways for you to spread kindness through your network. It goes without saying that I think that this kindness can be spread throughout the year!
- Post a positive review or testimonial for someone you know who has a great product or service (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook business page, Yelp).
- When someone posts on social media that they are seeking a recommendation, recommend your favourite service provider and tag their business page or list their URL.
- Support artisans and small businesses within your network. When purchasing gifts, think about who in your network you could purchase from (e.g. artist, crafter, musician, author, boutique…).
- Comment on and share your favourite blogposts and articles written by those in your network and help them to get their message out into the world.
- Send a handwritten card expressing appreciation.
- Mail a coffee card to a connection just because you feel like it.
- Contact someone to let them know what positive impact they made on you and how you are carrying it forward.
- For the people you know who are seeking employment: Take some time to think about whether you know anyone who may be hiring for their desired position and pass along job leads.
- Call a client and simply say thank you for the pleasure of doing business with them.
- When you introduce people in your network to each other, share something you really appreciate about each person (beyond their name and job title).
So there you have it, some great ways for you to get your new year off to a good start by setting positive intentions to sustain and connect your network. Thank you Teresa for reminding us all about the reciprocal nature of networking – it is often perceived as a dirty word in the UK but is ultimately about building solid and mutually beneficial relationships.