Did you know that “people need people” and in some cases when people don’t have human contact they can die? Newborns denied physical contact with other humans can actually die from this lack of contact, even when provided with proper nutrition and shelter. Older people who lack social contacts may be at increased risk of death if acute symptoms develop, because there is less of a network of confidantes to prompt medical attention.
So how does this relate to my wellness business? Here’s my take on the importance of networking with others.
There are times when I just don’t want to be around people and want to hole-up at home and not see anyone. For me that is a sign that my wellness business is losing ground – and could be at “death’s door”. After all, independent business owners who don’t get out there and meet people, don’t have any customers. And then what kind of business would I have?
Working for yourself is certainly different than having a job working for a boss and being around lots of people all day. There are always opportunities to make connections, be seen and known and create new opportunities. But when you work for yourself, it is up to you to make those connections happen.
I’m just giving you a reality check in case you are about to embark on starting a business of your own and want to find out how to grow your business and avoid the “kiss of death” that happens to 50% of new businesses.
NETWORKING rules as a business builder and here’s why:
N – new connections are made with new people who may need your services E – enjoyment happens when you learn about people’s hopes and dreams T – trust develops when you connect with people on a regular basis W – wonderful conversations often lead to friendships O – opportunities arise to find even more people whom you can serve R – rewards come from being able to help someone improve their life K – kindred spirits show up the more people you meet I – intimate conversations can lead to deeper relationships N – notice what happens when you give the gift of listening to another person G – great things occur when great people get together
So if you are going into business for yourself, networking with people on a regular basis is critical – but pays off with great rewards. And it is fun “getting to know you”. James Taylor will tell you all about it!
So go out a meet someone! If you are struggling with reaching out, connect with me and I’ll give you a complimentary laser coaching session to get you started.
Let’s get connected!