Paghunahuna sa Kaugalingon Bahin sa Wala’y Kaugalingon nga Networking

This week I've had some tough conversations with some businesses that I care deeply about. They know that I care because I've taken them to task and am holding them accountable. My network is my investment and where I get the most return on investment.

  • Ang mga kompaniya sa teknolohiya nga akong gitrabahuhan kanunay nga nakadungog gikan kanako. Ako kanunay report problems, ideas and kudos to their teams. For every person that complains, there are hundreds of others who will simply leave you and find another vendor. It's critical that, if you care about your solutions providers, you have the difficult conversations with them on what went wrong or why.
  • There are several network tools and communities I belong to. Networking is exhilarating and exhausting. As a small business, my network is key to my success. Who I surround myself with reflects on my business and also brings in business. Some of my networks are selfless – always doing their best to push business into my lap. I feel indebted and always take opportunities to return the favor. Some are selfish, though, and only measure our relationship by what I've provided them.

pagtrabahoSocial media casts a huge net. I'm constantly evaluating where I should speak next, whether or not it should pay, or whether I should take the time and money out of my schedule to be there. I review platforms to write and promote on. I think about blogging versus video versus podcasting. I think about commenting on other sites and connecting with industry leaders. It's a lot of work.

As a consultant, I have very little ‘recurring revenue', so the majority of my income is accrued through selling my time. That means that every cup of coffee, phone call or email I'm responding to risks me losing income.

Kuryuso: Unsa kita ka mabungahon kung kinahanglan naton magbayad sa matag usa alang sa matag miting nga kita sa matag usa. Kung tawagan ko ikaw aron adunay kape, unsa man kung kinahanglan nako nga bayran ang imong oras nga bayad. Tawgon ko pa ba ikaw alang sa kape?

It's important that you evaluate your network on a constant basis to find out where you're investing and whether or not it will pay off. Business is business, of course. Be selfish about finding a selfless network. I would not be successful if it weren't for my key clients – Compendium, ChaCha, Mga Webtrend ug Kasayuran sa Walker naa sa lista kana. Pinaagi sa "yawi", gipasabut nako nga kita;).

Samtang gihunahuna nako ang mga relasyon ug kung giunsa nila paglambo, silang tanan nagbag-o gikan sa akong relasyon sa usa ka negosyante nga si Chris Baggott. Kamo nga nakaila sa amon ni Chris nahibal-an nga adunay kami pagtahud sa usag usa - ug kaming duha matinuoron sa matag usa. Si Chris mao ang gigugol nga ebanghelista - kanunay nga giduso aron makuha ang iyang mga kompanya sa lantaw… nga mahimo’g makita nga hakog. Sa pagtan-aw ko sa akong kalampusan ug sa akong lista sa mga kliyente, bisan pa, silang tanan nagbag-o pinaagi sa akong relasyon ni Chris sa daghang katuigan.

Diin ka gikan sa mga kliyente? Diin ka gikan naggama ang imong mga nanguna alang sa imong negosyo? Kinsa ang utang nimo sa imong kalampusan? Gibalik ba nimo ang pabor? Tingali matingala ka kung mahibal-an nimo kini.

Salamat Chris!

Usa ka katapusang nota: This post is not meant to slight any of the other folks that are so critical to my business' success and growth. You know who you are! I only mean to shed some light that some of us don't truly evaluate and value the folks in our network for the actual business they provide. I think I've taken my relationship with Chris for granted and didn't recognize how important he was to me.

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