Everything I know about networking I learned from my stylist

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The best teachers are found where you least expect it. In the area of learning some networking tips,  I found my teacher while getting my hair cut.

I have been going to the same hair stylist for about 20 years now. One of the bonuses I get each time I go is watching Teresa work. Not as a hair stylist (though she’s a great one), but as one of the best people connectors I know. She has a fairly small clientele and it is her passion to connect people. She delights in watching the information exchange take place.

Every time I go in, I am introduced to the previous and the next customer and given an overview of who they are, what their interests are, and what we have in common. Sometimes, she will refer me to a customer who isn’t there that she thinks I should connect with for some reason.

Through the years, I have networked with other writers, dog lovers, book sellers, craft makers, artists, and car buyers. This time I met a quilter and a blogger wanna be.

I look forward to my visits because I know it will be another networking adventure with people in my community.  Through these connections, I have made new friends, gotten referrals, sold books, gotten coaching clients and learned a lot from some really interesting people.

Here are some of the networking strategies I’ve from my hair-styling connector:

Top Networking Tips

  • Be genuinely interested in other people and what they can do for each other.
  • Introduce everyone to each other and share a bit about what you know or like about them.
  •  Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves and to each other. Ask questions when no one is talking.
  • Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.  Make it not about them, not you.
  • Be enthusiastic. Show energy and be a cheerleader for the process. It’s contagious.
  •  Watch the connections happen!
Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She coaches small business managers on HR and career issues and provides training on workplace communication to organizational groups.In addition, she hosts a twice-annual Women’s Summit that brings women together to learn how to become more confident communicators.

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