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Thursday, 01 September 2016 07:28

What are the benefits of like-minded connections?

Power Networking HandshakeIt might be helpful to think in terms of the mutual benefits of like-minded connections. While being like-minded, some may call it resonating, certainly makes it easier to communicate your desire to the other person, there is great value in offering something in return.

Being like-minded doesn’t mean that they are exactly the same as you. We all have our own life-experiences, wants, desires, hopes, prejudices and biases. Even though we are like-minded on specific topics, we are still quite different.

Far too many people in business have the idea that they need to get something from somebody, whether at a cost or free. A different approach, as promoted by Dr. Ivan Misner of BNI (Business Networking International) is that of ‘givers gain.’ The concept simply put, is that if you give freely to others, you will receive something of equal or greater value in return.

If you are a Law of Attraction believer the concept is that if you do something favourable for somebody else, without the expectation of return from them, the Universe will see to it that you receive something in return. The challenge is in recognizing the fact that what you receive in return may not come from the person you gave to. It could come from another source.

In developing an effective business network, like-minded connections compose only one segment for you. Don’t rule out connections just because you haven’t established commonalities as of yet.

Here is an article that I wrote in my How’s Your Net Working resource articles: Finding Common Interests: Power Networking Tips & Techniques, where I expand upon the how side of developing connections and finding like-minded individuals.

Thanks for the question!

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