Attitude is everything, baby! Especially when it comes to business networking.
Well, yes, but I suppose attitude is important in a number of areas. Dating. Marriage. Divorce. Having children. Raising children. Or not. Getting a job. Running a business. Running a marathon. Or a Spartan Race.
Getting in a boxing ring against someone that wants nothing more than to hurt you. Badly.
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Hiring. Firing. Retiring. Rolling over that 401(k). Making that life insurance or annuity sale. Getting this blog out on time. Dealing with elder care issues. Estate planning. Investments. Getting that adorable little puppy. Being disappointed. Letting go of something you love.
Attitude really is everything. And important when it comes to everything.
But it’s important when you’re networking too. Which I guess was my point. So let’s go there.
Attitude drives behavior. As in how someone thinks and, ultimately, acts at a networking meeting.
I’ve mentioned, in the past, that I co-founded a networking group over two years ago. Meetings take place every month and there are always issues that have to be sorted out when dealing with business owners and sales professionals that tend to be independent and autonomous by nature.
As my business partner in this venture says, issues tend to fall into three categories – Attendance, Attire, and Conduct. All three areas, by the way, come back to attitude. Here are some real life examples: