Being a Ninja takes a commitment! Ninjas use their masterful skills to move stealthily. If you are to be Ninja-like in your networking, you will develop the following skills:
- Make good decisions about where to show up to network. This is a prime skill. Showing up at any and all networking events does not demonstrate good and wise decision-making. Seek out those events where your target market shows up. Make sure the networking events you attend are composed of people who can use your products or services, or are good referrers to your target market. To do otherwise is to waste your valuable time and resources.
- Ninjas are social and friendly! They do not attract attention by being quiet or withdrawn. Your “getting to know you” actions must be honed. Your prime “weapon” is your introduction; be sure to have it ready. Sharp like the Ninja’s sword, your introduction is free of dull or unnecessary phrases or words. 12 – 15 well chosen words must tell your compelling story.
- Ninjas build endurance, agility, strength and flexibility. The important thing is to stretch. Stretching – going beyond your comfort zone – can create options or opportunities that are not yet visible. And, that’s what networking is about, isn’t it? To create options and opportunities. The Ninja is always on alert, always aware of the environment.
- Ninjas feed their mind. They know that knowledge accelerates the path to success. With knowledge comes resourcefulness. When you are seen as a reliable resource, you are recognized as having mastery and adding value. People seek you out because you share your knowledge and information.
When you find the flow in situations and know your place in the flow, you exhibit Ninja qualities. There is a flow and rhythm to networking, and when you can dance the dance, you will reap the rewards.
Be Ninja-like in your approach to Networking!