Supporting the networking tip jar is about giving back. The tip jar represents the members of your group and the business leads you have given them.
When you give someone in your network a business lead, think of it as a way of investing in your future. What you give, you get. Many networkers focus mostly on the getting part, not giving. That’s backwards. You first determine what kind of leads someone needs then you give it. It’s not that much of a puzzle. That’s what makes the pieces of the networking puzzle fit together!
If you want to get noticed in your network become a networking philanthropist. Plug into the power of intention. When you intend to be a business lead giver, you become more aware of those who need leads and the opportunity to find leads to give. Be a big time contributor. Contribute your energy by being “active” in your group.
There are other ways to contribute to others in your network beside giving business leads. You can give information. Donate links to blogs and articles that support the benefits of networking. You can give your attention to someone in your network who may need some support in getting started in networking. That is supporting the networking tip jar. Give your time to your group by making a presentation that isn’t just about you but offers networking tips, etc.
If you have had success from networking, share your wisdom and advice. Your knowledge has value. Do everything you can to be the champion lead giver.
Be aware of networkers who take and rarely ever give and only want to “pick your brain.” Networking is supposed to be a “reciprocal process” based on the “exchange” of ideas, advice, referrals, leads and contacts. To be effective it must be done in a true spirit of sharing.
Volunteering your services to your networking group is supporting the networking tip jar. That may come in the form of assisting members at the name-tag desk. I like this idea because you get to meet all the members of the group more quickly.
Start a special project and solicit others in your group to support it. Attach the name of your group to the project to attract others to your group.
Supporting the networking tip jar is having an unselfish concern for the welfare of others. The gifts that one receives from giving back and from reaching out to help others are immense and priceless.
BONUS Article: NEVER Give Referrals to Crazy People in Your Network!
Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. Adapted from Larry’s latest book, Ten Commitments of Networking: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Personal Connections! Larry James is a Professional Speaker, Author and Coach. He presents networking seminars nationally and “Networking” coaching by telephone or one-on-one. Something NEW about Networking is posted on this Networking BLOG every 4th day! Visit Larry’s Networking Website at: “Networking HQ!”
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