Don’t limit yourself to your current network

In one of the exercises in my training courses we focus on “the people who are in the best position” to help you reach your goal. The most common “mistake” participants make is that they interpret this assignment as “the people who are in the best position AND ALREADY BELONG TO MY NETWORK”. So they already limit themselves to their own network of (on average) 250 people.

If you free yourself of this way of thinking and list the “best people”, then you already took a big step towards reaching your goal. The second step will then be to reach those best placed people via your network or your network’s network. If the “best people” are still “a bridge too far”, then you can “downgrade” to “second best”. The most important thing of this exercise is that you begin from the best possible situation. And this is something only a few of us do. Why? Because we never learned it.

My networking success tip for today is: make a list of the people that are best placed to help you reach your goal, even if they don’t belong to your network (yet).

To your networking success !

Jan

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