I spoke with my friend, Don Britt who clearly walks the talk when it comes to networking and has built an enormous following and is a true giver. His passion is the Performing Arts in Sarasota, Fla. (of which there are many wonderful venues) and he has been able to connect and develop relationships and partnerships with all of them.
Here are some reminders that Don lives by and he ‘says it like it is’ with no sugar coating.
I learn something from him every time we are together.
- People care a lot less about you than you think.
- Everyone has an ego. All cultures have different perspectives on the reality and are different than the next. Know your audience and make adjustments, one size does not fit all.
- Don’t be impressed with people with titles in organizations; last time they were checked, they were still human.
- Instead of focusing on how you come across, have empathy and try to understand how they view you. Be yourself and also understand how you are presenting yourself.
- Keep things topical and interesting- be aware of how much you are speaking and sharing.
- Billions of people are smarter and more accomplished than you, so don’t be too proud of your accomplishments or who you are.
- Treat all polite people with common courtesy and learn how to say goodbye permanently who don’t respond in kind.
- People are interchangeable and replaceable in personal and social aspects; don’t get hung up one person or organization, there are others wanting to be given a chance and who can do things much better overall.
- When talking to someone and you wish to continue the conversation or give them your card without seeming forward, just hand them your business card and say “Please add me to your email list, here is my card with my email on it.”
- Be visually presentable and learn how to dress for every occasion.11. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice from smarter people; their failures are your lessons.
- Don’t bring attention to yourself, instead to whatever cause you care about. The success of any organization is the sum of its parts.
How many of these are you practicing daily?