How To Nurture A Relationship With Your Top Connection
In the world of business referral networking, there’s nothing quite like a successful connection. The right connections can help you grow your reach through offering referrals to their network for your services, effectively helping you to net new potential clients.
In creating and maintaining connections, it’s all about the relationship. To truly find success, it’s important to take the time and dedicate the energy to nurture and grow these relationships to a state of mutual professional trust and understanding. But if you’re new to the networking game, how do you get started in growing a top connection?
If you’re feeling stuck, we’re here to help. Here are some of our top tips for nurturing your relationships with your top professional connections to help generate more referrals and more revenue for both of you.
Don’t Forget To Play It Forward
At MNO, our main philosophy is always to play it forward. Basically, this means to proactively help others, whether there’s an expectation to receive something in return or not.
When it comes to fostering relationships with your connections, it’s always best to follow this practice rather than to wait for your next opportunity to come from them first. In the world of business, we tend to keep our cards close to our chest, but if you’re the first one to send your connection a referral, you will hold the upper hand in asking them to reciprocate this generous act.
The Process Is A Two-Way Street
The relationship between two connections is and always should be considered to be a two-way street. One should never enter a relationship expecting the other party to be the only one creating opportunities for them.
Since connections are professionals in the same industry that don’t compete with one another, it’s much easier to speak to one’s clients about their connections’ services. For example, when a CPA does a client’s taxes, it’s quite easy to recommend that they also sit with a financial advisor to place some of their assets in tax-sheltered accounts. In this same example, when a financial advisor places a client’s assets into a tax-sheltered account, they can recommend that they meet with their trusted CPA to make sure that their taxes are filed properly.
Let MNO Take The Guesswork Out Of It
When an MNO member identifies their top connections, they can use the app to create feature links that are designed to source these connections when they’re shared on their fellow members’ social media platforms.
For example, a mortgage lender in an MNO chapter can create a featured link asking to be connected with a realtor who’s looking to partner up with a reliable mortgage lender who is able to send them clients in return.
With just one feature link, an MNO app member can generate multiple connections for their fellow members, thus multiplying their ability to generate revenues from these connections. Now that is the perfect way to nurture a relationship with your top connections!
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