Blog entry by Rob Lord
You're motivated to obtain your goal, you've got the right mindset, and you may even have a plan worked out. But there's something missing, a network of people who can provide you with the missing link you're seeking. Don't go for your dream alone.
Though, now you have to get the help of other people to contribute ideas and provide contacts. That's where your own personal networking team comes in.
Brainstorming is the ingredient dreams are made of and networking is the oven that turns them into a reality. You have to ask yourself "whom do I know who can help me?"
You may find yourself saying, "Well, I don't know anyone." What you're really saying is you don't know anyone who's rich, powerful and can make things happen with the wave of a hand. Those aren't the people you want to focus on yet.
"It could be anyone you know, friends, family, co-workers etc..." suggest Dan Smith of Keynote Speaker. "You will be amazed at what these people know and what they can contribute toward your dream. You'll be amazed by who your friends and family know."
You can either ask these individuals for help one by one or you can put a fun twist on networking and throw a "party."
This is a great technique to get your dream. Gather your, friends, and family somewhere and hold a small gathering. The number of people shouldn't exceed fifteen. A larger group requires more comprehensive planning, not to mention a larger place they can gather. Everyone can create strategies, swap ideas and exchange personal contacts. In addition to getting what you need you'll have a great time while building a foundation for your dream.
The beginning and the end of the party can be all about socializing and having fun, but in the middle it's all about getting business done. You have the floor and let everyone know about your dream, what you have come up with so far and what you still need to accomplish. So yes, you will need to learn how to speak in public. In fact, according to a recent study by Motivational Speakers, they suggest that public speaking is the fastest way to grow your network.
You should try to be as specific as possible when asking for something. If your dream is to be a movie star or start your own restaurant and you simply ask for "help" many of your guests will just smile sympathetically, shrug their shoulder's helplessly or offer answers that aren't really what your looking for.
Though, if you ask for second hand pots and pans or if anyone knows someone in the media industry you will get more helpful responses. If don't know what you need, ask for more ideas. Networking is an excellent way to get your dream off the ground and get it into action immediately.
According to Motivation Ping, you need a plan to start getting on the road after you have established your networks. You need to follow up on information and contacts. There's nothing worse than getting an unexpected phone from the person you met a week ago asking if you followed up on their information when you haven't.
Most of your plan stems from the information you have gained through your networks, and if you have an existing plan you will find yourself filling in the existing blank spaces.
You need to break down your goal into easy to manage steps so you can implement them immediately. Work backwards from the goal itself so you have a clearer picture of what you need to do. Fill in the early stages with information from your networks. As you begin to follow up on contacts and gain more information you will see what steps you need to create in a logical, step-by-step order to reach the next one.
For example you can't become a model until you have an agent and you can't have an agent until you have gone to a modeling agency. The key is to keep the steps small enough so you can start doing them tomorrow.