If you’re not sure about how to begin a networking effort, the best first step you can take is to pick up my book, “Rules for Renegades,” and read the networking chapter.Right now, I’m in a recession-busting mode and GIVING away copies of the book at my book’s website: http://www.RulesForRenegades.com (you pay the S&H, I’ve got the rest).
When you’re reaching out to create an advisory board, don’t hesitate to reach out to the most famous, most respected, biggest players in your industry.Not sure how to do that?
Find out what causes the person cares about, and if you can’t get a personal intro, then write a letter and send via Fedex saying what it is about them that you admire most (charitable support, accomplishments, generosity, etc.).Then say you’d like to ask for 5 minutes of advice and input from them, insofar as they are uniquely qualified to render it. This advice can be via phone, email, etc., but a face-to-face visit would be ideal. Promise to bring a timer with you to insure you don’t stay longer than 5 minutes. In exchange for their wisdom and guidance, share that you’ll gratefully donate five hours to their favorite charity or cause.(Have the details/info already prepared, of course.)
Make the letter concise and compelling, and count on it to work like a charm!
To your success! Christine Comaford, Biz Accelerator and CEO of Mighty Ventures, Inc.
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