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How To Turn Your Online Connections Into Professional Relationships
LinkedIn is a great place to connect with industry leaders and professionals from all over the world, but if you want to build professional relationships, you need to take it a step further. Just being connected doesn’t create a relationship, and you need to invest a little to do that.
I’ll share exactly how you can start building professional relationships by giving you a pro tip you can implement right away, whenever you connect with anyone online.
The World Has Gotten A Lot Smaller
… and The Opportunities Bigger
When it comes to connecting with people from all over the World, think about how privileged we have become.
Back when I was a kid, it took about ten days to send a letter from Denmark to the US, and international calls were crazy expensive.
But in today’s online world, connecting with new people and building relationships with them has never been easier.
Don’t Count On Connections, Build Professional Relationships
You probably come across a lot of interesting people on social media and think; how cool it would be to get to know that person! But, how do you connect with those people and built professional relationships with someone you find on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook?
I’ve met a lot of people online and I want to share how I initiate the transition going from an online connection to a professional relationship.
For a lot of people, it seems as if having a lot of connections on Social Media and in particular on LinkedIn is a way to get more opportunities whether that’s sales or career opportunities. And, of course, it helps to have a lot of connections on LinkedIn. Your activities will reach more people, and if they engage with the content you share, it will be seen by their connections as well.
But, why not take it a step further?
You can only tell so much from a person’s online profile. It’s hard to get a real sense of the
Networking Advise From Bob Burg, Author of ‘Endless Referrals’ and ‘The Go-Giver’
How To Initiate Professional Relationships
Pro Tip: Since we live much of our lives online, it’s becoming increasingly important to be able to establish relationships with people you meet online. Today, you can connect with people from all over the World through the many different Social Media platforms. But, connecting alone, doesn’t build know, like, trust, and relationships.
Whenever I connect with new people online I try to setup a meeting, that being on Skype or face-2-face at my favorite coffee and tea salon Maude’s, here in Copenhagen if it’s possible.
The best option, if you can’t meet in person, is setting up a Skype call. That way you get to see each other and for me, it has proven a very effective way to connect and build a professional relationship.
Calendly is a great app I use to book my meetings. It synchronizes with your preferred calendar system (iCal, Outlook, Google) and allows people to schedule a meeting within your preferred time slots for those kinds of events.
All you need to do is to set up a calendar in Calendly, sync it with your own calendar. Then you get a shareable link you can send people where they then book a meeting with you.
If you’re not on Skype, then get it here.
You can sign up for Calendly here.
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