Today you can spark an economic revolution. Are you up for the challenge?
It has been said that environment is a direct reflection of the people in it. If you want to change the environment, just change the people. Shouldn’t this apply to our economic situation as well? So how do we change the local economy? By changing the way the people interact and do business. When each of us becomes more focused on helping our friends, neighbors, and local businesses, everyone will experience an economic revival and it starts by referring friends and acquaintances to people we know.
And best of all, it’s not a new skill to learn. You’ve already referred people to others before. You’ve referred a movie or restaurant to a co-worker, a book to a friend, or simply given directions to a stranger in your town. Everyone is networking all the time, whether for business, charity or friendship, networking is a part of all our lives.
Businesses large and small rely on networking to launch new products, find new customers, and fill open staff positions. Networking is the most cost-effective means to solve problems in your business.
It has long been known that a referred customer is likely to spend more with us and become a more loyal client. And the same holds true for volunteer service and charitable donations. We’re likely to become more involved in a service organization when we’re referred and friendships are enriched by a network of people with common relationships or interests.
There is a golden rule in networking as there is in life; treat others the way you wish to be treated. In business, local business owners wish for local consumers to shop in their store. As consumers, we wish for businesses to give us excellent service, quality, and value for the price we pay. Whether buying or selling, we wish for others to consider our needs.
So here’s the challenge: Start your own personal economic revolution today. Meet someone new or get to know someone you already know better. Ask them how you can help them and then go about the process of connecting them to someone you know. Remember, successful networking and economic recovery will happen when we remember the golden rule.