The Power of Networking

Anthony RobbiSH menns has often stated “The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships”.  This statement can be very true in both personal and professional settings.  When you evaluate the quality of your personal life, that quality usually boils down to the quantity and quality of the relationships you have.  Your happiness and overall satisfaction with your personal life can often be answered and summed up by a few simple questions.  How many close, personal friends do you have, and what is the status of those relationships?  How are the relationships between you and your family?  How many acquaintances do you have that you enjoy extra-curricular activities with, and what is the status of those relationships?  Are your relationships strong ones or weak ones?  It really is this simple.  If you ever want to know why you or anyone else is overly happy or overly depressed, most of the time you can ask these few questions, and you will have your answer.

The same is true in business.  Very commonly, we can look at the relationships that we have in the business place, and that will more often than not determine our happiness and success in the business world.  The relationships that you have with your superiors, your subordinates, your colleagues and your peers are extremely important to your business health.  To achieve happiness and ultimate success in business, you must have a positive, caring and mutual respectful relationship with your team.  In addition to the relationships with those who are on your team, it is equally important to build strong networking relationships with prospects, clients and potential referrals.  This is something that is missed quite often in business.  People buy from people, and people build business.  Business does not build itself and without people, business will not survive.  Everything we do, everything we sell is about relationship building, and we cannot lose focus of that.  Not only can we not lose focus of that, it needs to be at the forefront of our minds all of the time.  It is people, and your ability to build relationships with people that can ultimately determine your fate!

Knowing and understanding this, I was fortunate enough to be one of the sponsors for an unbelievable networking event a couple of nights ago in one of the greatest cities in the world…Chicago!  Connect-Inspire-Grow put on a truly awesome networking party on the 39th floor of the Wyndham Chicago Grand Riverfront.  The walls of the room were glass from floor to ceiling and we essCIG 2entially had a 360 degree panoramic view of this absolutely beautiful city.  Aside from the view, the event was outstanding.  I have been to many networking events, but none quite like this one.  Everyone was outgoing and friendly, and everyone was looking to connect with others.  I felt like I was part of a very successful team, and everyone was excited to work together for the better good of the team.  I have never been to a networking event where everyone seemed genuinely interested in everyone else, and it was great!  As I stated earlier, your happiness and success can be determined by your relationships, and I say Kudos to the Connect-Inspire-Grow team for understanding this, and creating a culture that focuses on such.  Another wonderful aspect of this evening was the fact that proceeds from the event went towards throwing a surprise Christmas party for homeless moms and children…A Safe Have Foundation.  An evening where you can meet like individuals, who all want to work together to achieve greatness, and doing so while giving back to the community at the same time, a truly wonderful experience!

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I would recommend to anyone and everyone that they get a chance to experience a Connect-Inspire-Grow networking event.  In addition to that, I would recommend that everyone go out networking and build relationships as part of their everyday business practice.  A piece of advice is that when you do go out networking, be confident, be aggressive, be assertive, be friendly and outgoing, and most of all, HAVE FUN!  Relationships have a defining role in molding us to who we are and what we achieve, get out and meet some people, you never know who you will find!

-The Sales Leader

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