In general, networking to quickly increase sales can often be a frustrating undertaking. Many professionals join their local chamber of commerce or business-networking group, and are initially excited at the prospect (of meeting new prospects). But the unfortunate reality is that these groups often don’t live up to expectations; so we quit and look for another way to drive sales to our business. But wait, don’t turn in your membership card just yet!
When someone asks you, “how are you doing?” or, “how was your weekend?” how often do you reply with a generic one word answer like “good,” “fine,” or “nice?”
If you find yourself constantly resorting to generic answers when people ask you questions about yourself, it may be time to rethink your approach. So often we drift through our day, not even seeing the opportunities we have in conversations with others. A critical question we so often shy away from answering in a powerful way and one that can open doors to a world of opportunity is: “What do you do?”
I have heard even the most seasoned professionals use the old standard,