Making connections between people within your network is a great way to spread the love.
What’s the best way to get ahead in real estate: By networking and meeting people who provide value to you or by sharing your knowledge and network with the people you meet? While many of us would say the first one, in reality, if you want to achieve success, it’s better to be a giver. According to Tim Sanders, best-selling author of Love is the Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends, successful people are generous with their knowledge and look for ways to connect the people they meet with others in their networks. Relationship masters who create and foster lifelong connections earn 40% more than the average person. Sanders calls these people “love cats,” and says that love at work is your passionate commitment to promoting the success and happiness of other people. Here’s how to get in touch with your inner love cat:
3 Ways to Tap into Your Inner Love Cat
1. Feed your mind. Many of us are careful of what we feed our bodies—we stay away from sugar or gluten or only purchase organic meat and produce. However, we’re not always as careful about what we put into our minds. We fill it with negativity, gossip and other bad stuff and then wonder why our attitudes stink.
The most important time of day is the first 45 minutes when you wake up. Use this time wisely, as it determines the rest of your day. For the first ten minutes after you wake up, complete this gratitude exercise: Close your eyes and think about the people who impacted or helped you the previous day. Then think of why they helped you. You’ll realize that there are people who are helping you because they believe in you and want you to be successful. Be sure to thank them.
Spend the next 35 minutes filling your mind with good stuff. Read a book or article that will help you improve your skills or knowledge or check out an inspirational or motivational story. Reading will help set you up for success in the rest of your day and will encourage you to share your knowledge with others, which creates an abundance mentality.
“Positive thinking isn’t a prescription you give to people; it’s an outcome of conscious lifestyle design.” –Tim Sanders
2. Provide value. One of the best ways to provide value is by sharing your knowledge, your network and compassion. According to Sanders, sharing knowledge is the foundation of every relationship. You already share knowledge when you send your monthly marketing flyers and eReports to your database. Take it a step further and share knowledge with your potential buyers and sellers. Remember, you can bring your knowledge with you wherever you go—it’s one that no one can take from you. When you’re working with your clients, look at the bigger picture and find an opportunity to share your knowledge.
Become a super connector instead of simply a networker. Instead of looking for ways for people to help you, focus on how you can help others reach their dreams and goals by connecting them to people in your database. Sanders proposes a simple exercise to do the next time you’re networking: Instead of asking the person what they do, ask them what they’re working on that they’re excited about. Then, when they hand you a business card, write on the back who in your network can help them. When you return to your home or office, create a power letter that includes a summary of each person and the mutual opportunity and send it to the individuals. Then follow up to see if they’ve connected.
“Goodwill is the original viral marketing.”-Tim Sanders
3. Develop emotional talent. Emotional talent defines your legacy and can reinforce your hard work or negate it. Strive to deliver an emotional customer experience and they’ll connect you with how you made them feel long after the transaction has closed. Part of developing emotional talent is reading people so that you can respond appropriately. If a client is upset, address their feelings and find a way to improve their experience.
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