Nobody Can Go Through Business Hiding & Alone
( If Christ Were a Businessman Would He Do It All Alone? )
Business owners and entrepreneurs have great pride in their individualism. In and of itself, being an individual is not a bad thing at all; it is something to be celebrated. When you start to think that you don’t need anybody else you are limited by only what you know and can do alone.
In business you are selling a product or service to a consumer, interacting with colleagues, and dealing with people on a daily basis. To go a step further, business is not just working with people but building relationships with other people. Like a relationship with a friend, a business connection should be a relationship where giving is just as good as receiving. A good business connection has to go both ways.
But don’t think that you won’t be getting anything out of it! Not only are you benefitting from the leads or support they give you but you can feel the satisfaction when both your business and theirs advances.
How to start building business relationships:
1. Use pre-existing connections.
Have you ever heard of the six degrees of separation? Chance is that through friends, family members, and old business associates, you can find a relationship that will be mutually beneficial.
2. Put yourself out into the community.
No one ever met anyone by staying at home or behind a desk. Get out there and go places where there are people in your same line of business. Go to a conference, join a club, enroll in a class.
3. Don’t be afraid to talk to people you don’t know.
It’s tempting to stick with people we know. Sometimes we are too embarrassed or too worried about rejection to talk to someone we don’t know about our businesses. But it is important to remember that if you don’t approach people, then you won’t be successful.
4. Have the other person’s best interests at heart.
We’ve learned over the years that nothing is for free anymore; so don’t come into networking empty-handed. So when you make your offer, make sure that it is sincere and that you can follow through.
5. Sincerity goes a long way with people.
Be who you are and don’t try to hide your passion for your business from people. People are more willing to trust when they see someone is being real. Be personal. A mass e-mail doesn’t shout genuine. There has never been a better time to reach out and connect then now. Don’t wait!
Ultimately the best way to build strong relationships in business and in life is to give to others, as Christ said: Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you are also doing. I Thes. 5:11 In other words – don’t just say you’re a follower of Jesus, live it out through your everyday choices, encouraging and building up others and yes this includes helping them in their business as well as personal life. Christianity is an action, it’s not just what you think or believe, it’s how you live and work.
God tells us that “Faith without works is dead” James 2:26. You can apply that to business if you believe that God wants you to love others and love is an action, then you must act in all areas of life and business which include mentoring, holding each other accountable, being authentic, being available and keeping a level of trust and confidence.
Invest in others, strengthen your relationships! You’ll be glad you did.