6 Tips to Help Build Business Relationships
Many of us are wondering how we can build business relationships. Social media has been a lifeline over the last few years, even more than in previous years. However after the difficult time we’ve all experienced recently, how likely are we to continue our online friendships? Especially now we can socialise and network freely, in person instead of just online.
Business relationships that were cemented over a love of coffee perhaps won’t survive in the real world. This is because we are all now looking for real and authentic connections, instead of superficial chats while our tea brews.
This is not to say that your online relationships are unimportant, we all have friends we’ve never met in real life but who have seen us through our toughest times. However what we all crave now are authentic connections with people, over and above superficial relationships.
We now see the value in connecting with others, in collaborating to create amazing projects. We are no longer scared to reach out and speak to each other, instead of striking up conversations and exchanging ideas with ease.
In the words of motivational speaker Jim Rohn:
This means we are conscious – now more than ever – of just how we spend our time. Are we working on creating authentic, long-lasting relationships with people? Or are we simply ticking a box and only being communicated with when the other person wants something?
Many of us have created businesses over the last few years, and in doing so surrounded ourselves with many others in a similar position. Our network has increased dramatically (which is no small feat) and those around us have become our cheerleaders.
Our network is our net worth, as said by Tim Sanders – meaning that those we surround ourselves with are paramount to the success of our business.
In a post-Covid world, we are seeking to have better connections and better business relationships with people. We are looking for authentic connections, and one of the places that we look to find these connections are online forums which are filled with other entrepreneurs and business people who share our values. What starts as a chat on a post about best ways to generate more sales – such as these transformative sales courses – soon develops into genuine friendship and you have another cheerleader for your business.
To summarise, here are 6 tips to help you build business relationships and connections:
1. Join a community that encourages making true connections
2. Surround yourself with like-minded business owners
3. Make sure you’re taking the time to build connections and relationships with individuals, not just in social media comments
4. Learn to listen, relationships are a two-way street
5. Exchange ideas and collaborate as much as possible – collaboration over competition
6. Practice honesty & integrity, and remember to treat others how you want to be treated
Wishing you success,
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