This is the fifth installment of the 8 easy-to-make networking mistakes that can be avoided series.
This week’s mistake is: I assumed I had nothing to offer in the way of connections or possible referrals.
My belief around business relationships was they were only useful if you immediately had something to offer in the way of connections or possible referrals.
And I did not have any of that (partially because I wasn’t willing to share the contact info of my friends and family).
Therefore, I thought I had nothing to offer.
This was completely NOT true.
While I didn’t have a large business network of people I knew well, I could have started to slowly build my business network and then connecting people I was meeting.
And while I might not have known people to immediately refer to them, I’m a really good listener and I absorb information that I can usually share fairly easily.
So, despite feeling like I had nothing to offer, I had three very important and useful things:
- My listening talents.
- An ability to share information.
- A growing list of business friends and acquaintances.
You always have more to offer than you think you do!
Besides how you help people in your business, what do you have to offer? Share in the comments below!