Sarah Michel, CSP, Guest Author
Since we all seem to be very preoccupied these days with conserving energy, focusing on recycling and using alternate resources, it seems fitting to remind you that creating goodwill within the relationships of your network, is never in limited supply.
You create goodwill by looking for ways to be a resource to others and going out of your way to help someone in your network, expecting nothing in return. We need to approach our network with the same selfless manner as we do with recycling our aluminum, paper and plastics, knowing that our efforts benefit the earth and the greater good, not just us personally. Goodwill is a renewable resource that holds the potential to have the biggest impact on your networth. I’m not talking about financial networth… I’m talking about your social capital.
Networking is. . . using your creative talents to help others achieve their goals as you cultivate a network of people strategically positioned to support you in your goals. . . expecting nothing in return! – Larry James
Your networth (social capital) will rise when your network experiences, hears about or witnesses you committing an act of goodwill. Creating some goodwill typically requires very little effort and energy output on your part. It’s as easy as making a phone call, sending an email or introducing two people who you think need to know each other. Often, this small but significant act opens the exact door that person needed to move ahead. The network contact you help will be forever grateful and typically will tell at least 12 people how helpful and valuable you are.
A little goodwill can go a long way. Together we can change the world one connection at a time. Pass it on!
Copyright © 2011 – Sarah Michel. Reprinted with permission. Sarah Michel, CSP, is a networking expert who helps people increase their netWORTH™. She works with individuals, associations and organizations to strengthen their connections and communicate their value to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Her powerful Perfecting Connecting© strategies promote personal and professional success. Visit Sarah’s “Website.”
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