This was an easy and fun read. The 6 principles outlined in the book are:
- Start Up
- Show Up
- Follow Up
- Link Up
- Stand Up
- Scale Up
What the booked showed me, was that there is no magic to networking, it is simply to be aware of our relationships and KNOW that they matter.
This means to “give with no thought of getting.” I am amazed how many time we need to be reminded of the golden rule, “Do unto others.” I guess that when people have been cheated on, trampled by loved ones, or otherwise abused it is hard to believe that we have to give freely and others will reciprocate. I do believe that people will reciprocate, and I am amazed by the love that I have received through out my life.
This principle is to be present, and in this world of so many options it is hard to be in the NOW. I have been guilty of being at home, yet having my head buried on my phone, or my computer. I have also seen the benefits of showing up, being at the right place.
Return calls, connect back, make something out of an encounter. There are people who are masters of this art, I am not one of them. I have to program myself to do a follow-up, but I know tha it is valuable.
Go deeper than just “friend” someone, or “connect” with someone, or “follow” someone. This is the real process of caring for your network. This is easy for me, I am curious, and genuinely care for people. My problem is that when I am comfortable in a group, I don’t try to grow it or meet others. I forget that I need to be more inclusive and continue to find points of interest with other people.
This is about moral fortitude, doing what is right. This will be something that we all need to constantly think about; and strive to be righteous.
Never stop working on your network, this is your footing for anything that could happened in your career or in life. You must push forward.