Building A Strong Network Requires Focus

by JOHN MUSCARELLO / Follow Me on Twitter Here

It is only possible to network and build a strong relationship with one person at a time.  This occurred to me after spending the majority of the week running around like a chicken with its head cut off.  It wasn’t until I read Think You’re Good At Multitasking? Take These Tests that I realized I was accomplishing less instead of more.


3 Ways Lack of Focus Contributed To Problems Throughout The Week

1.     Failure to Pay Attention to Detail

At work I made a spelling error in the subject line of a client email. It made me look careless and unprofessional. That is not reflective of my reputation at work.  I want my colleagues to respect me and the work I produce on a daily basis.  My supervisor brought the error to my attention and said, “Better to do this right than fast.”

Networking Lesson: Networking Requires Paying Attention to Detail

Proofread every email, memo, and thank you note that you send to anyone.  You should take the time to write clear and concise communications that are grammatically correct. Even if you’re just sending an email to a colleague you should take the time to write it correctly.  Your writing will improve drastically over time if you practice good writing habits daily.  Here are 20 tips to help you proofread like a pro.

2.    Focusing on The Bad Instead of The Good

I was so focused on the error I made in the email that I forgot about all the other tasks that I accomplished successfully. The fourth trait of the 5 Traits of Personal Mastery is failing fast and continuing to persevere.  Don’t let one silly mistake ruin your focus for the remainder of the day.  Learn from your mistake and move on.

Networking Lesson:  Focus on The Good and Not The Bad

Some people will not be interested in networking with you no matter how great of a first impression you make.  There will also be some people who will not get back to you, even though they said they would.  It’s called The Law of Averages and no one explains it better than Jim Rohn (this is one of my favorite lessons).  The key is to continue networking and not get discouraged.

 3.   Neglecting My Health

I was so focused on trying to accomplish everything on my to-do list that I ended up staying up late and getting very little sleep.  That led to skipping my morning workouts and breakfast.  When I got to work I wasn’t feeling energized and ready to conquer the day.

Networking Lesson:  Networking Requires Energy

In order to help other people inside and outside of your network you have to Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask First.  How are you going to help others, if you don’t have enough energy to take care of yourself?  Not taking care of yourself does not benefit you, or your networking.

Three goals I am going to focus on daily

  1. Start Networking Today:  I will continue to post valuable advice on creating strong relationships in life, business, and social media.
  2. My Health:  I am going to exercise in the morning, eat a healthy breakfast, and eat healthy food throughout the day so I can maintain a high level of energy.  Doing this will ultimately help me achieve my number one goal on my Life List.
  3. Pay Attention to Detail:  Continue to work hard and produce quality work by focusing on one task at a time.

What is on your list of top priorities to focus on daily? 

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