YOUR NETWORKS= YOUR NETWORTH


A close friend of mine recently told me it was imperative I realized the people who are on my side as I endeavor to achieve the goals I’ve set out for myself in my 5-year plan(Yes my good people, I have one of those. It entails a short list of things I, with God’s grace in tow, hope to achieve within that time frame.). People, who genuinely care about you, have your back even when you hit rock bottom. This kind of made me think of networking. Relationships mean a lot if you’re looking at getting to the top of your game in whatever field.
Today’s musing is based off of one of my favorite reads Victor Cheng(..,and by extension Porter Gale). It has been my intention to share this with you but I only remembered about it when my friend sat me down for that pep talk. Also, the piece was 11pages long- had to scale it down to 3 with the points I thought were most important! Enjoy!!
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A lone ranger mentality works fine in school, but as you get further into the real world, relationships matter a great deal. In life, you need to know someone, who knows someone not in the unconventional manipulative scheming all too common in ‘job corridors’, government offices and the like but as a way to “build relationships” by being yourself and being generous to others.
The quality of your life (in all aspects – career, personal, financial, etc…) very much is correlated with the relationships in your life. Both types of relationships (career and personal) are PRICELESS.  Building relationships with others provides them with value. Value can be anything the other person might find useful – giving useful advice, introducing them to another person, helping them with their career, etc.
1. APPROACH NETWORKING AS TRANSFORMATIONAL, NOT TRANSACTIONAL.

Networking should NOT be viewed as a series of transactions.
The old way to network involved climbing a ladder for individual benefit. The past was about competition, pursuit of materialism and “keeping up with the Joneses.”


In today’s model, networking IS transformational or an inside game first.
What I mean is that you first must identify any barriers (e.g. negative thinking, fear of public speaking) standing in your way from connecting, and define your values, interests and core purpose.
Once you’ve identified any barriers, you can focus your efforts on meeting people that share your passions, and your networking should feel conversational and not awkward or confrontational.
Networking based on values and passions is not only more natural, but is also the basis for building a strong network foundation, enabling you to reach a higher level of success than you would on your own. 

2. DEFINE YOUR PASSIONS AND PURPOSE WITH THE FUNNEL TEST.  
 
Companies with lucid and succinctly described visions are more likely to succeed than those with unclear or highly complex visions. Some companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars defining their brand positioning, core values and vision. Yet as individuals, we often don’t take the time to clearly articulate our own passions or purpose.
Imagine that you have five floors of elevator stops and you need to convince someone to hire you while you ride up together. Or you are given three minutes on a stage in front of your peers and you have to describe your personal mission.
What would you say? How would you create a memorable connection? To help you define your passions and purpose, I’ve created a simple test that I call "The Funnel Test."  
Step 1 is to define your three greatest passions, or a succinct set of words that clearly define your core interests.
You can put a high priority on any type of passion, from family to fitness or education to the environment.
The area where your three passions overlap is your sweet spot. If you can find activities, work, or relationships that combine two or more of your core passions, you are likely to hit the jackpot and be more effective in and excited about your actions and activities.
Step 2 is to define your desired tone.
How do you want to present yourself to the world? What is your authentic voice? Are you quiet and reserved? Witty? Bold? Irreverent?
Now fill the space below your passion circles with a selected word for your tone. Like a funnel, where the contents flow from top to bottom, envision all of your actions being influenced by your tone. Remember, simple is good.
The last step of The Funnel Test is to define your core purpose in twenty words or less.
What do you want to accomplish in life? And work?
Write what is in your gut, and look at the passion words in your Funnel Test. Your goal is to write a phrase of fewer than twenty words that describes your purpose.
Once you’ve defined your passions and developed a focused purpose, your networking efforts will be more effective and authentic. Use this test as a filter to help you guide your activities and meetings.


3. Focus on “Give Give Get”
 
The last concept I’d like to share is about the power of helping others i.e. “Give Give Get”- put greater energy into giving than receiving.
I believe the key to unlocking the hidden power of connections is helping others when you don’t expect anything in return.  A focus on giving can transform your emotional state, improve your relationships, build your happiness quotient, and teach you the importance of gratitude.
If you put giving back and helping others at the center of your networking and relationship building, you are likely to have more impactful and stronger relationships, among other benefits. What you will find is that the giving will come back to you tenfold.  
Remember to look inside first, outside second. If you focus on your passions and reorganize your networking around your values and beliefs, you will discover the kind of lasting relationships, personal transformation, and, ultimately, tangible wealth that are the foundation for happiness and success.  

Help others, be of service, live each day fully, and, remember,  
source: Porter Gale. 
images: Google
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What’s your approach to networking?
Xoxo,
Kazini Daily!!
KAZINI DAILY: YOUR NETWORKS= YOUR NETWORTH

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

YOUR NETWORKS= YOUR NETWORTH


A close friend of mine recently told me it was imperative I realized the people who are on my side as I endeavor to achieve the goals I’ve set out for myself in my 5-year plan(Yes my good people, I have one of those. It entails a short list of things I, with God’s grace in tow, hope to achieve within that time frame.). People, who genuinely care about you, have your back even when you hit rock bottom. This kind of made me think of networking. Relationships mean a lot if you’re looking at getting to the top of your game in whatever field.
Today’s musing is based off of one of my favorite reads Victor Cheng(..,and by extension Porter Gale). It has been my intention to share this with you but I only remembered about it when my friend sat me down for that pep talk. Also, the piece was 11pages long- had to scale it down to 3 with the points I thought were most important! Enjoy!!
******************************************************************



A lone ranger mentality works fine in school, but as you get further into the real world, relationships matter a great deal. In life, you need to know someone, who knows someone not in the unconventional manipulative scheming all too common in ‘job corridors’, government offices and the like but as a way to “build relationships” by being yourself and being generous to others.
The quality of your life (in all aspects – career, personal, financial, etc…) very much is correlated with the relationships in your life. Both types of relationships (career and personal) are PRICELESS.  Building relationships with others provides them with value. Value can be anything the other person might find useful – giving useful advice, introducing them to another person, helping them with their career, etc.
1. APPROACH NETWORKING AS TRANSFORMATIONAL, NOT TRANSACTIONAL.

Networking should NOT be viewed as a series of transactions.
The old way to network involved climbing a ladder for individual benefit. The past was about competition, pursuit of materialism and “keeping up with the Joneses.”


In today’s model, networking IS transformational or an inside game first.
What I mean is that you first must identify any barriers (e.g. negative thinking, fear of public speaking) standing in your way from connecting, and define your values, interests and core purpose.
Once you’ve identified any barriers, you can focus your efforts on meeting people that share your passions, and your networking should feel conversational and not awkward or confrontational.
Networking based on values and passions is not only more natural, but is also the basis for building a strong network foundation, enabling you to reach a higher level of success than you would on your own. 

2. DEFINE YOUR PASSIONS AND PURPOSE WITH THE FUNNEL TEST.  
 
Companies with lucid and succinctly described visions are more likely to succeed than those with unclear or highly complex visions. Some companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars defining their brand positioning, core values and vision. Yet as individuals, we often don’t take the time to clearly articulate our own passions or purpose.
Imagine that you have five floors of elevator stops and you need to convince someone to hire you while you ride up together. Or you are given three minutes on a stage in front of your peers and you have to describe your personal mission.
What would you say? How would you create a memorable connection? To help you define your passions and purpose, I’ve created a simple test that I call "The Funnel Test."  
Step 1 is to define your three greatest passions, or a succinct set of words that clearly define your core interests.
You can put a high priority on any type of passion, from family to fitness or education to the environment.
The area where your three passions overlap is your sweet spot. If you can find activities, work, or relationships that combine two or more of your core passions, you are likely to hit the jackpot and be more effective in and excited about your actions and activities.
Step 2 is to define your desired tone.
How do you want to present yourself to the world? What is your authentic voice? Are you quiet and reserved? Witty? Bold? Irreverent?
Now fill the space below your passion circles with a selected word for your tone. Like a funnel, where the contents flow from top to bottom, envision all of your actions being influenced by your tone. Remember, simple is good.
The last step of The Funnel Test is to define your core purpose in twenty words or less.
What do you want to accomplish in life? And work?
Write what is in your gut, and look at the passion words in your Funnel Test. Your goal is to write a phrase of fewer than twenty words that describes your purpose.
Once you’ve defined your passions and developed a focused purpose, your networking efforts will be more effective and authentic. Use this test as a filter to help you guide your activities and meetings.


3. Focus on “Give Give Get”
 
The last concept I’d like to share is about the power of helping others i.e. “Give Give Get”- put greater energy into giving than receiving.
I believe the key to unlocking the hidden power of connections is helping others when you don’t expect anything in return.  A focus on giving can transform your emotional state, improve your relationships, build your happiness quotient, and teach you the importance of gratitude.
If you put giving back and helping others at the center of your networking and relationship building, you are likely to have more impactful and stronger relationships, among other benefits. What you will find is that the giving will come back to you tenfold.  
Remember to look inside first, outside second. If you focus on your passions and reorganize your networking around your values and beliefs, you will discover the kind of lasting relationships, personal transformation, and, ultimately, tangible wealth that are the foundation for happiness and success.  

Help others, be of service, live each day fully, and, remember,  
images: Google
******************************************************

What’s your approach to networking?
Xoxo,
Kazini Daily!!

4 Comments:

At 4 December 2013 at 13:01 , Blogger Sabina Rijal said...

great blog!!!
Can we follow each other via gfc bloglovin and g+?

http://asweetwoorld.blogspot.com/2013/11/dress-like-fashionista.html

 
At 4 December 2013 at 16:40 , Anonymous Debby Dyk said...

Soo true... We need relationships in the real world... And to think that I just learnt this recently.
Working towards forming it as a habit.

 
At 4 December 2013 at 21:22 , Blogger misskitin said...

Thank you for comment and visit on my blog :-)

Kisses:-*

Magda

http://misskitin.blogspot.com/

 
At 14 December 2013 at 16:44 , Blogger ROSELYN K said...

Thanks for stopping by guys:-)

 

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