February 09, 2017
Gone are the days when professional connections exist only to serve business or professional goals. When you take the time to build generous and genuine connections with others, whether they seem like an advantageous connection to have or not, you are opening the door to becoming an asset to them and their network of connections, on a number of levels. And when they see you as an asset, you become valued and top of mind.
Today's episode features Michael Roderick, a guy who's made it his business to study and apply the art of connection making and has a lot to share about the power and benefit of doing so. You're going to learn some critical things for relational success from Michael on this episode.
Most people Michael Roderick talks to immediately understand the value of building stronger professional connections. But when it comes to actually implementing a plan to build those connections on a regular basis they stop before they even get started because the task seems so overwhelming. On this episode of Real Relationships, Michael shares a simple way to make your connection building a regular part of your week - and why keeping your goals achievable and realistic are such a powerful part of the process. Be sure you listen.
Making professional connections, or "networking" as it used to be called, is much more than exchanging a business card with someone else. It's the process of learning about the person so that you can intentionally add value to their lives and become an asset they don't want to live without. Michael Roderick has developed his GATE strategy as a reminder of the things he needs to be doing every day to build and foster relationships. Give - Ask - Thank - Experiment. You can discover the details of what each of those points means and how to implement them in your weekly schedule, on this episode of Real Relationships.
When you see the need for building relationships with others in your profession but are having a hard time keeping your efforts going, what do you do? Michael Roderick says that it's vital that you find ways to keep yourself accountable, but also that you learn to forgive yourself if you fail. These two strategies will help you be more consistent in connecting with others and also enable you to be emotionally healthy so that you can keep doing it in ways that are beneficial. If you need help getting started with an effective connection strategy, Michael is the guy who can help you do it.
Whether you are a realtor, founder, or small business owner, you need to be able to establish a rapport with your clients and customers that goes beyond the services you provide to them. You need to become a resource that they value and refer to others. But how do you make that transition, and how do you encourage your role as a resource in the minds of your clients? Michael Roderick is on this episode of the podcast to give us some connection strategies that will pave the way for greater success, so I hope you take the time to listen.