Having a strong network is critical to personal and organisational success. According to a Harvard research, people skills account for 85% of professional accomplishment (2017). Undoubtedly, being part of a realm of money, business and social power makes it easier to develop a sufficient network, nevertheless all you really need to do is be eager to meet new people and move outside of your comfort zone to establish a good network.
It’s easy to construct a false persona, especially when interacting online. But that’s not the best way to start a relationship, and it’ll be short-lived once we start vetting people and corporations. Find people and companies with whom you have a natural affinity and with whom you can communicate easily, as well as things in common. Relationships can be accelerated by the genuineness of linking personality, beliefs, and point of view.
Communication is key.
How vital is it to you to have a business relationship with anyone — a manager, a supplier, or a customer? Do you place a high importance on the relationship? A business connection is a two-way street, just like any other. Both sides’ expectations must be clear and easy to comprehend. It’s also a good idea to follow the Golden Rule: “As you would have others do towards you, so you should do towards others.” That is a very profound phrase, and one that I aim to live by in both my professional and personal life. For every business relationship to grow and prosper, good communication is essential. Even when problems arise (and they will), it is critical to have open channels of communication at all times. Keep in mind that you get out of a great relationship exactly what you put into it.
The longer you leave problems the worst they become.
Face problems head on no matter how scary they may appear at the time. The sooner you get the difficulties out on the table and dealt with, the sooner you can get back on track and resume normal operations. Another thing to remember is to express your gratitude to others. Thank you notes, cards, and e-mails are timeless and never go out of style. People enjoy being praised. Thank you letters, cards, and e-mails are timeless. Appreciation is a powerful motivator for people. Always let people know when you’re receiving good business. It helps create positive working relationship. Another effective suggestion (particularly for entrepreneurs, managers, and team leaders) is to send weekly and/or monthly newsletters to stakeholders to keep in touch. Both to let them know you’re thinking about them and to remind them of your existence.
Those with whom you do business should be important to you. Nurturing relationships is essential. Humans are sociable creatures by nature. Given that we spend a lot of our lives working, it’s obvious that having strong relationships with our co-workers will make our jobs more enjoyable. The more at ease you are with your co-workers and vice versa the more confident you will be in expressing opinions, brainstorming, and accepting new ideas. To embrace change, create, and invent, this level of collaboration is required. When people see how well they can work together, group morale and productivity skyrocket. You have more freedom when you have good working relationships. You may spend your time and energy on opportunities rather than fighting with unpleasant connections.
Toni is an Administrative Personal Assistant and Business Executive, who loves travelling, health and beauty, lifestyle and business. She regularly spends her time multitasking.