How to Build a Power Network
One thing I've learned about the writer's life is that writing can be a very solitary business. I used to think I wanted out of the office environment, but now that I spend so much time alone, I realize I miss it. I miss the "water cooler" talk and going out with colleagues for lunch.
Over the past few months, I've developed a serious case of cabin fever. To cure it, I'm making a point to connect and interact with others more.
One way to do this is to develop a power network …
According to Michael Masterson in The Reluctant Entrepreneur, "Your power network is comprised of all the people you know who can make a positive difference in your future. They include your mentors, consultants, competitors, vendors, colleagues, and people in high places who have resources and connections you lack."
Renowned author Harvey Mackay says, "If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all truly successful individuals, I’d say it’s the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts.”
If you’re interested in creating your own power network, check out this article I wrote called “How to Create and Maintain a Power Network in Just Minutes Per Day.”
Here are three things to keep in mind when building and using your power network:
1. Take action.
When someone in your power network gives advice, use it. Don't give excuses. Show you are ready to be powerful too.
Don't say things like, “I want to someday be where you are, but right now, I just can't because this thing is going on in my life.”
Instead, do whatever it takes!
2. Give back.
It might feel like you have nothing to give someone who seems to have it all. But there are a lot of things you can do to help promote their business and take it to the next level. Don't be someone who is always asking and never giving.
Here are easy ways you can help them and show them you care:
- Share helpful things you've learned.
- Use their advice and share the results.
- Offer to do small tasks or favors.
- Introduce them to others in your power network.
- Offer to write a testimonial for them.
- Don’t ask them questions you can easily find the answer to.
Also, when the time comes, give back by becoming a mentor to someone else.
A lot of people only want to network with highly successful people and business owners. While it’s great to make those connections, don’t ignore others who could be influential in your power network.
Here are five people to include in your power network:
- Someone who is just starting out. This person can give you a chance to give back. They can also help you come up with product and service ideas that might be missing in your industry.
- Someone who is in the same place as you but has big goals. This person can learn and grow with you and keep you accountable. You can bounce ideas off them and partner up.
- Someone who is slightly ahead of you in your industry. This person has been where you are recently. They can give you advice and help you avoid the mistakes they made.
- Someone who is where you want to be in 10 years. What are your major goals? Find someone who had these same goals and achieved them. Depending on who they are, they might already have a step-by-step course or they might be willing to spend half an hour on the phone with you. Why reinvent the wheel? Follow their advice.
- Someone who is highly successful in another industry. When you stay in one industry too long, you hear the same advice passed around and around. Get advice from someone outside your industry for a fresh perspective. Then spend some time trying to make their advice work in your industry. This could easily lead to a million-dollar idea.
So what about you? Do you have a power network? Join the discussion by commenting below.
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