Networking: Follow Up, Follow Up, And Follow Up!
It's all about following up ...
POSTED BY JACKY SHERMAN ON 01/03/2017 @ 8:00AM
I have lost count on the number of people who tell me that networking doesn't work for them. A subsequent common remark from them reveals one possible reason why ...
You can't just turn up to a networking group once and expect results!
copyright: rawpixel / 123rf stock photo
They always say "What's the point in joining that group? You just end up seeing the same people every week!" Well, actually that's the point.
Now, most people who have done any kind of meaningful sales training know these statistics:
40% of salespeople never follow up with a prospect
25% make a second contact and stop
12% make three contacts and stop
Only 10% make more than three follow-ups
The same applies with getting referrals. If most people don't buy from you instantly, then they won't refer you instantly either.
In fact, seasoned networkers are probably the slowest to refer you. They're always witnessing people rocking up to their network group and then disappearing again just as quickly, so they wait to see if you're going to stick around.
So your networking group can play a useful function by demonstrating how serious you are in working collaboratively and helping others!
It will introduce you to new people, but equally, it will keep you in touch with the people you have already met in a time efficient manner.
Do your own research. We know that to get referrals means giving referrals. Who was the last person you referred for the first time? How many interactions did you have with them before you referred them? Remember that a true referral is when you introduced them to someone who was in the market to buy what they had to sell. My bet is it was nearer twelve than one. So why expect otherwise from others?
My three tips to get referrals from your networking are: follow up, follow up and follow up.
Follow up with the new people you meet
If you want to start this relationship then take the initiative. Arrange your next interaction. It might only be to agree to chat at the next meeting, or if there is obvious synergy, you might arrange a full private meeting over coffee. What will you get out of it? You'll get to know each other and discover what you can do next.
Follow up with feedback
What did you do for each other? If you promised to do something then makes sure you do it and elicit real information on how useful it was. If they did something for you, take the initiative and make sure they know what happened. Remember negative feedback is also useful! There's no point in saying something was wonderful when it wasn't ,and then getting more of the same. Time to exercise a little tact and diplomacy, though.
Follow up by keeping a record
Write down what you have done for each other and when you plan to meet again. As well as acting as a reminder this can help you notice trends in what gets you results. Lastly, remember the adage that what gets measured gets done.
Remember that networking does work if you follow up, follow up and follow up!
If you'd like to know more about networking and what courses I run to teach you how to get it right, call me on 07970 638857 or click here to send me an email enquiry and let's arrange to meet up.
Until next time ...
More about Jacky Sherman ...
I help people build and maintain productive working relationships both with their work colleagues and with a wider network to win more business. I do this by combining my skills in coaching, mediation and training with my extensive experience in senior management.
What I love most about my work is when my clients get those a-ha moments because I know they have seen for themselves the way that they want to move forward. Then they will achieve their ambitions.
Helping people who are having challenges with their working relationships gives me enormous pleasure. It was my privilege when working in health care to see how people working together can make the impossible seem easy and accomplish miracles as a result.
So helping people build or restore strong relationship with their colleagues makes even the hardest work easier, alleviates distress for the individual and reduces problems for the whole organisation.
In all this work trust is an essential ingredient to winning business so most of my work comes through referrals. Referrals come through strong business relationships so it was a natural extension for me to work with Ascentiv and train others in how to get consistent and predictable referrals from their network.
What a fantastic way to earn a living!
More blog posts for you to enjoy ...