How to be a great (savvy) connector!

A great connector is defined as individual who strategically focuses on providing connections, opportunities, ideas and resources that empowers and assist someone else dreams, goals. Great connectors believe that when we all work together, everybody wins! When we support each other, everyone gets encouraged. They attend various events in an effort to “to give rather then get” says Bonnie Chan Founder of Network to Grow.

To deliver on the above mention definition, below are some tips that will help you become great & savvy connector!

Listen first

Being a great listener allows great connector to genuinely understand the needs and want of each other. They are interested to first understand before being understood. Great Connector want to know your story. They act as magnet, absorbing information before sharing valuable resources to connections.

Get Engaged

Great connector don’t passively listen, but rather listen to every word they are listening to. They ask strategic questions to clarify to dig deep into the conversation on topic. They stay engaged in the moment and stay present in the conversation. They have the ability to make connections and help create results!

Building Relationships (ongoing)

Great connectors focus on building (ongoing) relationships above all other intentions. They understand and acknowledge that trust is the basis of all good things in that keep people moving in this world of opportunity. They don’t push or promote their personal agenda, rather genuinely actively listen and engage in the conversation to authentically engage and support to whom they are speak with.

Stay Connected

Great connectors don’t do “one meeting and that’s all”.  They are relationship builders throughout their journey of success. They encourage ongoing connection in specific and engaging ways, whether contact cards, email or social media. They follow up and follow through on a continued basis and grow the relationship.

Impress with the Knowledge

Great connector aren’t out to look good. They let their thoughts, ideas and connections show their value. They are present and engaged in a effort to help others reach their goals. Great connectors embrace diversity and in the end they make everyone around them look and feel awesome!
Bring something to the conversation

Great connectors are always ready with connections at their fingertips. (via phone or iPad). They will what they can to assist, empower to create a successful engagement with whom they are interacting with. Even if they don’t have something to offer at the time, they will refer another great connector or follow up with information via email if information is promised. They have high integrity in doing this. They may be someone in the room that they can connect them with if possible (hense they are savvy connectors)

Offer your expertise and knowledge

Great connectors understand they don’t have all the answer. They are the McGyver (80’s TV Show) of resources! They focus on providing their expertise (in their field) and the knowledge (wisdom) and if they are not able to provide it directly they will offer strategic and specific connections who can. They are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses. They will do whatever they can to use their strengths to prove the “super hero level support and actions” stated by Emmanuel Lopez  Author and Movie expert. They want you to reach the next level your journey of success.

Share challenges & Opportunities

Great connectors understand they need assistance as well. They are willing to their struggles authentically and openly and accept constructive feedback and advice from their peers. Great connector are driven to achieve their dreams and goals, and understand that to win they must work in creating strategic and win-win connections with others.

Stay cool

Great connectors are cool, calm and collect in the storm. They are the stabilizers during the time of uncertainty. They have a plan of action amidst the chaos of the moment. These abilities enables for greater connection, opportunities and growth for everyon

The networking gap, who is the better @ networking Men or women?

Insights from two networking Gurus Jim Pagiamtzis and Janette Burke

A man walks into a social function. During the minute it takes him to reach the table, he has already connected with 10 people. A woman walks into a restaurant. In the same minute, she stops to talk to only two people.

Who is better at networking – men or women? To answer this question and dispel the myth, I asked Janette Burke, ‘Your Marketing Magnet’ to weigh-in.

Janette’s answer: The woman of course!
Jim’s answer: The Man

Jim Pagiamtzis response

Men are the hunters. We go out, network, talk and collect cards and promote ourselves. It’s the natural way they do business. Adding online connections from LinkedIn to increase our resources and find the right people for the right deal.
Our status is important in the way we communicate and its done through confidence. We walk in a room scan it quickly and enter the foray of conversation – collecting and handing out cards with essence of getting quantity and not being concerned about quality. Through this process we can narrow down our focus and talk to the most influential people in the room.

Being part of the social fabric is where we do our business. Our professional experience is shared and we know that will lead to a result, although we are well aware this does take time and energy to complete.
Getting connected and making wealth happen is the laser focus that we have entering an environment where we want to succeed and get results.

Janette Burke response:

Men by nature may be the hunters and gathers, but if they really want to “go out, network, talk, collect cards and promote their businesses, make connections and wealth happen” (as you put it), they should explore the Women’s method for achieving long-term “business success.”
You see when it comes to networking and GROWING our businesses, us gals believe in QUALITY over QUANTITY. We prefer to take our time getting to know and LISTENING to our prospects. And tend to bestow all our attention and focus on THEM – asking key questions, exploring their particular needs and determining how we (or someone we know) can easily solve them.
We also concentrate on building and nurturing the relationship first, knowing that sales and profits are sure to result.
We QUALIFY our prospects up-front. In the course of doing so, don’t waste precious time and resources going backwards to figure-out this “process” later. We refer to this as WORKING SMARTER not HARDER!
With more and more of us now at the helm of our own companies and earning over 25% of what our boyfriends and spouses make, it appears we’re leading and succeeding in our marketplace and paving the way! So we must be doing something right!!

Janette Burke – Canada’s Six-Figure Marketing/PR Coach, Consultant, Speaker, Trainer, Columnist, Author & TV Personality

Jim Pagiamtzis – Author, Speaker and Elite Entrepreneur