BEING AWAKE AT 7 AND ACTUALLY PAYING ATTENTION

There’s something about systematic networking I am personally not great at – namely the early morning part.

Pick your poison; I seem to either arrive rested but just barely on time, or early but RAWRG leave me alone until I have coffee.

The standard, though is invest in the rest, to give others our best.  It’s more than being on time, though.

BECAUSE BEING ALERT AND INVOLVED IS WHAT SYSTEMATIC NETWORKING REQUIRES

When we took the oath, we committed to ourselves and each other:

  • To come ready to tune in, and really pay attention to our partners’ commercials, not drift away.
  • To give everyone the attention their seat deserves (not talk over them, scoot the chairs, or be in e-mail & text).
  • To mentally dig into our Linkedin contacts, when someone says who they want to meet.
  • To learn at least one new thing about a business we hear about each week.

So, if you look over, and I look right back at you, but you and I both know I’m actually snoring… wake up! And wake me up.

BEING THERE IS ONE THING – PAYING ATTENTION IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT

If you look over, and I’m actually texting right now, or am completely tuned out, you have every right to ask me what you said. The seat you hold deserves it, the chapter deserves it, and we can’t be very effective networkers if we’re giving our commercials without listening to each other’s.

Givers gain, and early givers gain even more. It’s these components of listening, sharing, and learning that make up the organism of a referral marketing group.

When we’re awake to each other and alive to the day – when the PARTS are awake and alive – that’s when a network starts to act in its full capacity as a powerful, living, breathing reality.

Originally published at BNI 45 NYC.

Daniel DiGriz

Daniel DiGriz is a corporate storyteller and Digital Ecologist® at MadPipe, which provides creative direction, marketing leadership in marketing, and campaign direction for firms that want a stronger connection with their audience. A Digital Ecologist® applies strategic principles from both natural and digital ecologies to help organizations thrive across multiple ecosystems. Daniel hosts podcasts, speaks at conferences, and his ideas have appeared in Inc, SmartBlog, MediaPost, Forbes, and Success Magazine.
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