Interview with Chris Widener from Made For Success
I’m pleased to bring you the following ideas from Chris Widener. Chris is a leading keynote speaker and author — he speaks on several personal development topics including leadership.
As you read through the ideas Chris has to share make a point to apply them in your own life. As a result you’re sure to see great results.
Josh: How do you define Business Networking and why do you feel it is important?
Chris Widener: I define Business Networking as the art of building relationships with other business people who you can work with in mutually beneficial and reciprocal relationships. This is extremely important in our competitive business environment.
There is an old proverb that says “One can put a thousand to flight but two can put ten thousand to flight.” Basically, two people working together multiply each others work so that they accomplish much more than they would if they stayed alone.
Josh: Can you share one idea that someone could put into practice that would help them to improve their business networking skills?
Chris Widener: I do two things: One, I try to meet the person at a Starbucks or something like that where we can talk. While there I just try to get to know them as a person and about their work. Second, I ask them what I can do to help them. I don’t tell them how they can help me or suggest ways we can work together. I go into it with an attitude of a servant. What can I do to help them. That is the key. Let them know that you consider their interests more important than your own.
* Visit Chris Widener at www.MadeForSuccess.com.