Human beingswith their distinctive personality preferences, temperaments, and natural talentsare unique! Because of their differences, my research over the past decade tells me people are looking for clues about how to connect well with others, often through networking.
This article focuses on how human temperament plays a role in consciously creating the connections you want in every world you touch. The more worlds you have your feet planted in, the richer your connections will be. It also discusses the importance of speaking to individual personality preferences of those youre trying to connect with while honoring your own uniqueness.
Transactional vs. Connectional Networking
Networking has become the single most important life skill in determining business and personal success. Your ability to be connected within your organization and with outside contacts may very well determine your next sale, promotion, or job offer.
However, my clients tell me all the time how they wish people came equipped with instruction manuals to provide instant data on their core values, needs, skills and talents. Knowing what language and behavior clues to listen for when youre talking with a new contact would accelerate your ability to make a positive and long-lasting connection.
Networking occurs at all levels of society every dayin schools, offices, neighborhoods, meetings, and at social gatherings. Sadly, most people practice transactional networking, made up of interactions solely intended to complete a transaction. Transactional networkers engage people only when they need to make a sale, find a job, or acquire a lead. As soon as they get what theyre looking for, they dont talk to these contacts again until they want to make another transaction. Transactional networkers are often perceived as network users or, as I like to call it, network drive-byers.
By contrast, connectional networking occurs when you cultivate interpersonal relationships so they will grow and prosper. When you nurture these relationships while expecting nothing in return, youre practicing connectional networking. Connectional networkers believe you can have anything you want in life if you help others in your network get what they want and need first.
Heres how an international business broker decided to change the way he approaches his network contacts after attending my seminar on Perfecting Connecting. He said,
While I have always included personal details about my contacts and tried to connect with them on a personal level, I never fully thought about how I could be a valuable resource to them. I failed to link the simple fact that I am more valuable to my network contacts when I can help them achieve their goals. So when I returned to my office Monday, I approached my stack of callbacks with a new game plan and renewed vigor. I now hold in my hands the key to my own success . . . its their success!