Jason Jacobsohn, Guest Author –
One of most important techniques to building sustainable relationships is to help others whenever you can. As you get a reputation as a giver and not a taker, you will get lots of requests. Some will even come from people who you don’t know well.
While you want to be a resource for people, be careful that you are not taken advantage of by some people either in your network or new people who you meet.
It is okay to say “No!” to some requests for the following reasons:
1. You don’t know the person well enough
2. You don’t have the time or resources to properly help
3. You are not able to help
4. You are not seeing any return help
We are all very busy individuals so there is sometimes not enough time in the day to help everyone. Be polite about saying “no” because you want to keep a good relationship and image with people. You never know when you will need to turn to others for help.
Copyright © 2010 – Jason Jacobsohn. Jason is a seasoned networker who believes in relationship building as a key component to business success. He enjoys helping others succeed by making introductions, planning events, and sharing resources. In addition, Jacobsohn enthusiastically shares resources with his network through his e-mail newsletter, personal website, and BLOG.
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