October: The Networking Habit

This October we will make a new friend every single day.

This month we are going to make a new connection every day. We are going to be people-focused. We are going to be focused on sharing our energy with other people and attracting meaningful connections.

This could be Starbucks Barista who makes your coffee every day but that you never talk to.

It could be the grocery store cashier, a person in your class/workplace,  a professor, your child’s teacher, someone you always see on your route to work etc. The list goes on and on.

There are so many interesting people around us every day, with their own expertise and experiences. Everybody has something to offer the world, and it’s our job to be open to it. Networking is important for your business, your heart, and your soul. It makes you start thinking about what you can do for other people, rather than what other people can do for you.

Sometimes we tend to walk through life with our head down, busy, and bustling through life. We are even hesitant to maintain eye contact.

This month’s about breaking down barriers; personal barriers that we put around us and other people.  We’re breaking down the part of ourselves that is afraid of people. The part of us that puts up walls around our heart. The part of us that only makes connections for the purpose of benefiting something we need. The part of us that is afraid of rejection. You can’t reject a genuine smile.

Next month we will focus on nurturing some of these connections – and thinking more about what we can do for other people. But this month all we need to think about is becoming more open.

Here are the rules of this challenge:

The Networking Habit

1. You must talk to a new person every day.

2. You must ask them their name (and remember it!)

3. You must address them by their name every time you see them.

4. You must give genuine compliments.

5. You must find out what they are about – what are they into? What is meaningful to them?

Tip: You could find out 3 facts about each person.

6. You must make your initial conversations focused on them.

This month’s challenge isn’t about reciting your life story to 30 different people 😉

7. You must be curious about their life and their story!

8. If you can think of something you can do to make their life just a little bit easier, you must do it.

 *More about # 8 next month*

The first time you decide to implement this habit with somebody, you could ask them their name and about who they are. The next time you see them, you could ask them how they are, how their day has been. It’s all pretty intuitively obvious, but we’re just kind of scared of doing it.

I’m not saying you have to be best friends with everybody. 30 new best friend relationships to maintain in a month? I don’t think that is physically possible! All you have to do this month is be open and make connections.

That’s it.

It’s pretty simple.

Have fun!

4 thoughts on “October: The Networking Habit

    • Malavika says:

      Aww, thank you so much 🙂 I am very humbled by that. It’s a real pleasure to receive your comments on this blog. So thank you!

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  1. CarlyBeth's Blog says:

    This is an old post, but I will use some of these tips! I like the idea of focusing on THEM. And I like the way you layed it out – how practical and easy you make it. Networking is something I’m working on this year so I’m so glad I came upon this post. Thank you 🙂

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