Increase Your Circle of Influence
The more ‘friends’ or connections you have, the more buzz you’ll generate.
BUT this is not a vanity competition, as in, the more friends or connections the better.
No, this is about building connections that will strengthen your business. You want quality connections and ‘friends’.
Some people when they get started to believe they have to actually really know the person to say yes to a ‘friend request’. Yes, obviously you want to have a heap of people you do know one on one.
But you also want to increase your circle of influence.
My personal rule and this is my rule, you make your own. My rule is I either have to know them or know ‘of’ them.
Most of the people requesting a connection will be at least a ‘friend’ of a ‘friend’ so there is that mutual contact or connection anyway.
You want your circle of influence to be beneficial to you or for you and you never know where a hot lead or referral will come from.
The fastest and easiest way to start your online social network is to import and upload your contact list to find and ‘connect’ with the people you actually do know.
Social media is also a great way to stay in touch with your existing clients and prospects. It’s easy to track what’s going on in their lives and check in with them periodically.
To find your existing relationships, try uploading your contacts from Gmail, Yahoo, or wherever you store your contacts.
Follow leaders in your field and watch your connections grow.
1) On LinkedIn especially, look for people that you know of, or know since the last time you were on LinkedIn
2) Do a connection request, with a personal message
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