One aspect of my life that I thoroughly enjoy is having the pleasure to connect with people. Since I was a teenager, I have always enjoyed being able to engage in relationships while looking for mentors to grow with me. In the process of looking for both new connections and mentors, I am willing to do anything I can to reciprocate the pearls of knowledge I received.
The next step in building your greatest investment is to become a person of proven results. Your personal brand is not something you create overnight. It takes years of developing relationships to achieve the positive brand we are looking for. Consistency is the key that will allow you to continue to build your reputation as well as your momentum.
As I observe people networking to build their businesses, I often wonder, “Why do you network?” I ask entrepreneurs this question every week. The answer varies greatly. Some people will be authentic in their networking and build relationships, while others network merely for the transaction. I believe everyone should embrace the art of networking, even if you may not consider it a priority.
At E2 the most important step to me is sharing with the right people your successes and failures. This creates a perfect setting to talk about your own story and stay humble. Some of my clients in the health care industry may be perceived as overnight successes. This perception might give people false expectations and can make it hard to relate to successful business owners.
In business, my community of clients and employees knows me as someone who looks out for them. How many times have you been burned by business or personal relations? All of us have probably experienced this. Fortunately, it will not happen too many times. If you do not consider relationships as valuable assets, there is going to be a mutual distrust between parties. Trust develops when repetitive actions deliver good results. As a business owner and entrepreneur, it is best to focus on consistent actions that confirm credibility.
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