When I’m on the road speaking, or really anywhere out in public, people often approach me to discuss their businesses. More often than not, they ask me for something, “Can you help me get distribution,” “Can you help me with my next round of funding,” etc. While it’s good to approach the people whom you’d like to work with, this is not the best way to do it.
The best way to approach these people is to OFFER services rather than ASK for them. The people I end up working with are the ones who come up to me and say, “I’d love to work with you. How can I help you with what you have going on?” Or “I do such and such service, I’d like to offer it to you free of charge so you can see the quality of my work.”
The next time you’re at a networking event, give the go-giver approach a shot, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone and enjoy this time with all the people you truly love – DJ