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What are the 3 ways to authentically grow your online network?
Watch the full video below to find out!
Given the current situation, many of us are having to build relationships and connect with each other virtually, using platforms like social media, video conferencing and direct messaging.
Moving your offline relationships online can seem daunting for many, myself included.
I come by this honestly.
When I was four we moved to a neighborhood where I knew nobody.
My siblings were much older than I was … and more cool than I was … and they certainly didn’t want to hang around a four-year-old.
They knew there was a kid who lived a couple of doors down who was my age. Naturally, they wanted me to make friends with her. So, they pushed me up the front steps and said, “You’re going to knock on the door and you’re going to make friends with this kid”.
I didn’t want to do it. I was very shy, but I felt like I had no choice. So, I rang the doorbell, she opened it and I said the magical words … “Do you want to be friends?”
All these years later we’re still best buddies.
Nowadays, building relationships isn’t as easy as saying, “Do you want to be friends?” There’s a whole new landscape we’re finding ourselves in, especially when it comes to social media.
However, what I know for sure is this … as a business owner, right now, this is the best way, to be building and nurturing relationships.
If this feels daunting to you, I totally get it. Sometimes I still feel like that little four-year-old knocking on the door and asking, “Hey, do you want to be friends?”.
The good news is there is a way to build authentic online relationships.
I’ve narrowed it down to three steps, which I’ll tell you about in this video:
Reach out to people online and ask them to connect with you. You’ll be surprised at how big your network will become, once you start doing some digging. Look at who your current friends and colleagues are connected to. Try to connect with at least three people a day. You can also join some online groups. Look at some business groups and some personal groups that seem interesting to you. That’s where you’re going to find like-minded people, and that can be a great place to build new relationships.
Get out there and share information. Share your thoughts, ideas, and motivational messages with people. Communicate with your connections regularly. Posting information is so important to building your visibility. Silence sends a very powerful message. When you’re at a loss for words, post a picture.
Sometimes the first instinct is to post an emoji, a like or a thumbs up. Take it a step further and actually engage. Leave a comment, ask a question, even send a direct message with somebody who’s sharing their information.
Connecting, communicating, and engaging. Those are the three key ingredients to help you build and nurture your network online.
Who knows … maybe they’ll become lifelong friends.