We always seem to want to have an immediate answer for most things in our life. Too quick are we ready to jump to a conclusion that something will not work. “it’s impossible”, “It’s risky”, “It’s pointless”, and we rarely have the first thought “Give it a try.”
This is a late blog post for me because I have been putting together many things for different parts of my business including a Guideline for Attendance for the women’s professional groups I operate as a program of my company Empower Excellence. There is no need to bore anyone with the in’s and out’s of this action. But it is interesting that I am already receiving responses finding reasons why the Guideline will not work for many people. The immediate reaction is one of “No, no, no” without really thinking it through.
You join a networking group to build relationships.
If you cannot or do not attend, what relationships are you building?
You join a networking group to help other’s build their businesses: Givers Get!
If you cannot or do not attend, how can you help anyone, including yourself, build your business?
You join a networking group to learn more about business.
If you cannot or do not attend, how can you learn anything?
You join a networking group to increase your cash flow.
If you cannot or do not attend, are you increasing your cash flow or just wasting your money?
One of the retorts I hear is that I cannot attend because I will have to turn away clients. This is a favorite of mine because it is operating on FEAR, the fear of missing a client or losing a dollar. This is an opportunity cost, but weigh the opportunity cost of scheduling around networking with more than 20 people every month who need to build a relationship with you and you with them. If they do not know you, they will not refer to you or even partake of your services themselves. IF YOU CAN SAY “I DON’T KNOW” BUT I AM GOING TO TRY THIS NEW ATTENDANCE GUIDELINE, YOU ARE GIVING YOURSELF AN OPPORTUNITY. Think about it, please. “Give it a try”.