Man is a social animal; therefore, in order to live in the best and happiest manner, people have to rely on each other, communicate with each other and above all cooperate with each other. Out of all, the latter is the one that is desired in the world of today the most and people try very hard to seek cooperation from others.
For entrepreneurs in general and budding entrepreneurs in particular, it is of grave importance that they network with other entrepreneurs. Networking or developing a relationship with other entrepreneurs means that you are building contacts that can become your partners, clients, mentors, consultants and so on. Therefore, it is imperative that whenever at an event where there are other entrepreneurs, you develop a relationship with them. However, the question to ask is how can you develop a key relationship with an entrepreneur?
I am sort of an expert when it comes to networking or building relationships, so I’ll tell you a few tips which you can use at an event to develop a relationship with other entrepreneurs.
Being Insightful Is Important:
The first thing you need to do pertaining to developing a relationship with other entrepreneurs asks insightful questions. In order to ask insightful questions, you will have to do a little research on the entrepreneurs you are going to meet at an event. In the research identify the kind of troubles the particular entrepreneur is having, his or her areas of expertise and when in conversation try to ask questions that compel your target entrepreneur to keenly listen to your question and respond in a meaningful manner. A meaningful conversation is the building stone of your relationship.
Bring Value To The Table:
The other important thing that can help you develop a relationship with other entrepreneurs is adding value. For instance, you are at a networking event where there are different entrepreneurs sitting at your table and you notice that two of them are new or don’t have any other to talk to but they both know you, then take the step forward and play the role of introducing both to each other. This way both the entrepreneurs will value your initiative and it will give a signal of cooperation from your side, which is pivotal to a relationship.
Perhaps the single biggest mistake the new entrepreneurs make when it comes to developing a relationship with other fellows is not listening. The new entrepreneurs are so eager to push their idea and present their product to others that they forget the fact that in a conversation there are two parties and both have to hear each other out. No one wants to start a relationship with someone who does not care about what they have to say. Therefore, for building a relationship it is important that first, you listen to what others have to say and then add to what they have to say, instead of interrupting them and proving your righteousness.
Share Personal Experiences:
Another mistake that new entrepreneurs make pertaining to developing a relationship is that they think of it as strictly professional and don’t bring any personal experience to the table when in conversation with other entrepreneurs. You have to remember the fact that although it is a professional relationship, however, it is a relationship after all, and all relationships require some kind or some level of personal experiences and information. Therefore, share your personal experiences with the other entrepreneurs; it will help you develop trust.
Now it’s Your Turn!
What kind of relationship do you have with other entrepreneurs? How did you build those relationships? What kind of strategies did you adopt to keep the relationship meaningful and healthy? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section.