The four letters that make up the word CODE stand for the four steps consistently taken by the most effective networkers to crack the networking CODE and start building priceless business relationships. Effective networkers:
C: Create Personal Curb Appeal
Effective networkers feel successful and display a genuine desire to help others progress. They look and act the part of someone you would want to have in your corner.
O: Open Face-to-Face Relationships
Effective networkers research the various networking options and commit to a networking strategy. They get out and about and reach out. They open relationships.
D: Deliver Solid First Impressions
Effective networkers know their first impression sets the foundation for all future impressions, and they make sure it’s a good one.
E: Earn Trust
Effective networkers follow up and keep in touch. They stay involved with the people they meet and earn their trust through a series of progress-based impressions. They continually find ways to help. This is where most ineffective networkers drop the ball.
Contributed by: Dean Lindsay, Award Winning Speaker and Author of The Progress Challenge & Co-Author of Stepping Stones to Success