To keep yourself on track and consistently offering progress and earning trust, seek out a mentor.  Mentors help you see beyond your present vision by providing practical advice, ideas, and valuable concepts based on their unique experience and the wisdom gained from their failures, as well as their successes.  They can play a significant role in the life of a successful networker.  A person you respect can guide you and share their wisdom without reservation. 

Make a list of people you believe can impact your networking success. 

Who has earned your trust?

Find a way to connect with these people today.  Mentors should be role models of the kind of person you are working to become.  Be sure to get your advice from the veterans who have “been there, done that” and who sport the “I feel successful” T-shirt.   

A mentor can:

–  guide you in crafting networking goals.

–  make you accountable.

–  show you how to network

    (not just tell you or toss you an extremely well-put-together book on networking).

–  encourage you to network often.

–  offer you feedback and help you identify and overcome

Look for someone who:

–  listens to others and displays good communication skills.
–  demonstrates integrity and enthusiasm for their life and career. 

–  models continuous improvement and the importance of networking.

–  shares their mistakes and how they grew from these 

    learning experiences.

–  seeks opportunities for personal and professional growth.
–  stays informed by reading and attending seminars.

Use these high achievers wisely.  Do not abuse the privilege and start whining about how tough things are out there.  With this privilege comes responsibility.  You must bring value to the relationship.  If you start believing your short-term objectives are more important than your long-term relationships, you will betray the trust and do more harm than good.  Acknowledge your mentors as you progress.  Something as simple as a thank-you and a pat on the back can serve as their inspiration to continue being there for you. 

Continue to earn their trust.

 

Contributed by:  Dean Lindsay, Award Winning Speaker and Author of The Progress Challenge & Co-Author of Stepping Stones to Success   

Dean Lindsay, Sales and Leadership Speaker

 

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