If you network for business you’re bound to meet a jerk (or a few).
What do you do when you have good, authentic intentions for networking and the person you’re meeting with has a more aggressive approach? This episode of FU-CHAAA Fridays comes from a friend’s story. After a few sentences, the woman she was networking with said, “Tell me how you’re going to put money in my pocket or you’re wasting my time?”
In this episode:
- Why cliched advice, “Don’t take it personally” doesn’t help.
- The four things to do when you’re networking with someone who is a jerk.
- Important things to do, so that you don’t turn into a jerk while networking for business.
- Three ideas of what to do so you don’t get caught in the busy-busy cycle of connecting and not making money.
- Set boundaries when networking, including learning to say no, limit length of connection meetings, and network during times of the day when you’re not committed to high-earning activities.
- Networking for business means you need to pay attention to the value in a connection: you can think it and plan for it, but don’t say it to the person you’re meeting.
- Don’t place judgments, based on past bad experiences of being taken advantage of, on new connections.
- Stop adding fuel to the fire by continually retelling your negative stories while you’re out networking for business.
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