A friend of mine told me a story about a recent conversation he had with his wife.
“She was going through her hair and her hair was falling out of her head, and she said, ‘You need to take care of my hair,'” he recalls.
“And I said, I’ll take care if you’re going through the same thing.”
And she agreed.
“I think it’s amazing,” he says.
“It’s amazing how much people value what you do.”
But the same goes for the networking side of your business, where people are eager to talk to you about what they’re learning.
And the key to having a successful conversation is to be open and honest about what you’re learning, so you can connect with them and get them to help you.
“People don’t care about what’s going on in their head,” says Brian Mancuso, the founder of TheMancusos.com, an online marketing platform for businesses.
So, if you love their business, then it’s great to hear about that.” “
The best way to connect with someone is to show them what you know, what you love about them, and how you can help them succeed.
So, if you love their business, then it’s great to hear about that.”
Mancosons site, MancuOn, offers a list of 30 tips for creating an online conversation.
“What I love about this is, the people I connect with are people who have had their own success,” he adds.
“So it’s a perfect platform to share your insights and to learn from others.”
Here are 10 tips for talking about networking in a more candid way: Be clear about what your audience is trying to accomplish.
If you’re talking to someone who’s trying to sell you a product or service, make sure you have some kind of plan in place to meet your goals.
If someone wants to be a social media influencer, give them a clear goal and then follow through.
You might also want to add a few more specifics about what that might entail: How long do you plan to be an influencer?
What do you think your social media audience wants to achieve?
How much money do you want to spend?
Is there a product, service, or service you want them to use?
And what’s the likelihood of that product, or the service, being adopted by the community?
Don’t just ask questions.
Ask them directly.
When you’re trying to connect, ask what their goals are.
What would you like them to achieve with their new product or platform?
Do you want more information about the product or company?
What would it take to make it happen?
Be clear what you are trying to achieve.
If your goal is to reach 10,000 new Facebook fans within the first 24 hours, for example, you can give them an actionable, achievable goal to achieve that in the first hour.
The more details you provide, the better.
And make sure to keep it simple.
When talking to people who are interested in your company, make it a point to ask them about the products or services they use.
“There are a ton of people who don’t understand the value of a product,” Mancoos says.
You don’t have to be perfect with that.
“But if you say, ‘What do you do to get the most bang for your buck?'”
He recommends starting with a simple question, and asking a question that will elicit an answer.
For example, “I want you to take advantage of our ‘Make Your Own Ideas’ program.
If I’m on the lookout for a product idea, do you have any of your own?”
The more detail you give, the more likely you’ll get an answer you like.
When someone doesn’t like what you have to say, don’t hold back.
“Be honest,” Maunas says.
Sometimes you’ll have to ask for more, but if you ask well, people will respond.
“When you’re giving a good answer, you’re putting yourself out there,” he explains.
“If you don’t know what to say and you just say, well, I don’t think that’s true, you’ll just be telling people who you don’st like.”
So get out there and get to know them.
“Do you know what your biggest fear is?
Is that you’re not a good enough speaker?
Is it that you don ‘t have enough time to connect?
What else is it?”
The key to a good social media conversation is not to ask a question or take too long.
Rather, it’s to be honest with them about what makes you tick.
And then, to respond, “Thanks for that.
I love it.
And, if I can help you out, I’m open to doing more.”
“You don’t need to be flawless,” Mougos says, “but you can be an example of who you are.