business connections

Why No is my Second Favorite Answer

Although as business owners we typically do not like to hear the words no, no thank you, not interested etc., sometimes those are the kindest words someone can say to us. We have all had this happen to us where we are trying to connect with someone, they say they are interested and then…nothing. You try to follow up and again they say yes, just been busy, will get back with you, give me a call next week, blah blah blah, and again…nothing. This is extremely frustrating and time consuming. When this happens it feels like you and your business are not being valued or respected.

The Biggest Mistake I Made as an Entrepreneur

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as an entrepreneur is not seeing the big picture. That’s not an easy thing to do when you are trying to start up a business. Not easy, but a must, as you need to have a vision for the future. For me it was not connecting with people who I felt did not fit my model. Five years down the road my model changed and those people I did not bother to connect with I now wanted to know. Those were wasted opportunities. Not connecting with people you don’t think you will do business with has another downside.

Now I Know Why

We all know connecting with people through networking is important for growing your business. We try to connect with people who meet the criteria of what we are looking for in a client or referral partner. What about the people we meet or see on social media that do not meet the criteria? Should we connect with them too?