What’s the fun of success if you are all alone? It takes teamwork, ideas and collaboration to achieve big goals. Every entrepreneur and expert will credit a portion of their success to the help that they received along the way. Making connections can easily feel daunting. Small talk can be a bit awkward but here are 7 ideas to implement today.

If you’ve ever heard the saying “your network is net worth”, then you know that connections are invaluable when it comes to success in any industry.

  1. Build a community
  2. Connect people
  3. Build trust
  4. Get active on social media
  5. Go to potential connections as a client
  6. Make yourself accessible
  7. Learn to create value for yourself

1. Build a community

Gain exposure with likeminded people by engaging with professionals in your industry and other industries as well, while making sure to prioritize authentic interaction. This means volunteering, attending networking events or even finding hobbies you enjoy that get you in situations where you can meet new people.

2. Connect people

Refer your clients to professionals of different industries. They might just do the same for you. That’s a win-win for everyone involved.

3. Build trust

Get involved with other professionals through conversation and genuine connection. Learn to talk to people by doing more of it. Some of us are naturals at striking up a conversation, some of us aren’t. Don’t let that keep you from engaging. All it takes is a simple introduction and asking questions. Don’t overthink it! You never know what you can learn about a person. When we ask people how we can help them, you’ll find it’s no surprise most people are eager to share.

4. Get active on social media

Find potential connections on social media and reach out. (message them, collaborate on posts, give each other shout outs to grow your following). Don’t be afraid to connect with local experts. Collaboration over competition!

5. Become a client

Get to know the services of other experts and even swap services with them.  This is a great way to build that like minded community too!

6. Make yourself accessible

Have business cards with links to your social media/portfolio/website so you can easily get your name out and clients can find your work. Being prepared is essential when expanding your network.

7. Learn to create value for yourself

Find ways to add to a situation. Connect people, solve problems and enhance the world around you. Keep an open mind to ensure you’re not missing out on opportunities.

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