Networking: Is Your “Game” up to Par?
By Alan Olsen
How’s your “game?” Everyone wants “game” and most people
claim to have “game” but how good is your game when it really comes time to be
tested? If your game isn’t really where you want it to be then it’s time to
start trying to up your game. That leads to the next question: how do you go
about upping your game? What does it take to get your game to the level you
want and to the necessary level to achieve success? David Bradford
knows a lot about this topic. Dave is a serial
entrepreneur and the author of the book “Up Your Game.”
one of the leading experts on networking and
one of the most well connected people in the world. In his book he has put
together some timeless principles that will help you increase your professional
productivity and success.
Six Strategies to Up Your Game
Dave shared some
of his insights with me during a conversation we had and he spoke about the six
key principles to up your game. These principles will not only help you in your
professional endeavors, but they can also increase and improve your personal
is one of the most important aspects in the business
world and Dave explained how there is a vital connection between
opportunity and people. Not only has Dave helped
so many others by teaching and sharing these principles and strategies, but he
has also lived by them throughout his career. They have helped him become the success
that he is today. These are the six principles that Dave lives by and that if
applied will definitely up your game:
Start Up – for starters, Dave said you have to begin by
thinking of others instead of yourself. In other words you have to be willing
to give without worrying about what you are going to get in return. If you give
that way you will end up benefiting, one way or another.
Show up – the next step is to show up. Many times people
success simply by showing up or just being there. After all, if you’re not
there then you will miss out, so you have to show up.
Follow Up – when it comes to networking,
follow up is huge. Dave says when you meet someone new you should follow up
with him or her within 24 hours.
Link Up – if you are ready to “link up” with a new
connection you should always do it in a personal way. There are many different
social media platforms to use, but make sure you connect with them with a
Stand Up – this refers to your character. You have to be a
stand up person. No one wants to do business with someone they don’t trust. You
have to be credible or people won’t want to work with you.
Scale Up – lastly, you have to always be looking to scale
up, or grow your network.
It’s not easy. It takes time, effort and commitment and it is usually built one
new contact at a time.
These six principles can lead to success in networking, success
in your professional career and success in your personal relationships.