Your story?

So, what’s your story?

How do you, stick in the mind?

All around us, media often appears full of ‘stuff’ designed ~ just for you ~ right at ‘peak times,’ perhaps the ‘stuff’ hits you just before you jump in the car and head off to the office … over the car radio, during lunch break, the commute home maybe. Everywhere there are stories to stick in your face so that it’s stuck in your mind.

So, the way I see it, being sticky can be useful if we are to be successful in business life. Business/life, closely aligned, right?

Think about how people remember you. What do they recall of you when next you catch up or more importantly when they meet up with mutual friends at the regular network soirée?

Being a witness to the conversation, would it be something you’d expect? Are you remembered as being the best that you can be?

The thing is, every interaction we have with someone leaves an impression, sometimes a lasting one. So for me (I know this is also true for many of my close friends), it’s important that MY STORY is a faithful representation of what others expect of me, each time we meet up.

Why? Because each of us is our own mini media outlet.

‘What?’ I hear you say, just hang on a minute, bear with me for a second …

It’s true. What kind of sticky are you? What stories do you conjure, what memories evoked, how do people see you in their life? It’s just the same as that current ‘hot’ company vying for your time and attention before you’ve even ordered the best-ever morning coffee and … the cake!

Showing kindness on a regular basis is important. Agreed. Love? That’s a no-brainer for me as well, but in today’s ‘circus’ of life … if we are to really embrace the power of relationships, affinity and trust let’s leave the right messages out there. Better still, let’s ensure our closest allies see our true colours and have every chance of passing the message that YOU and your story are that which is best remembered, most easily referred.

Choose reliable

‘I cannot be with you this week – can we rearrange something?’

It’s little wonder some never achieve, they’re ok when it’s a sit down for coffee or cake, but when it comes to following up in business?

Trouble is, this kind of postponement has exactly the same effect on our own business. Postponement … so I’m inclined to move on.

Ok, let’s dwell a minute. It’s what we choose isn’t it? Really.

We put the household trash out regularly otherwise we’re left with some particularly nasty consequences. The kids we might take to school to ensure they arrive on time, safely. Makes sense to me? How about you?

We choose to save the cooking, grab a take-out, go for a swift interlude at the watering hole perhaps, we choose to accept the invitation for a night out with the ‘other half.’

At regular intervals during those busy spells I often choose the most comfortable chair in the room to relax for a minute, choose time with coffee, I choose to listen to those favourite tunes or the views of the current news hound …

The bed has to do the job as well, we choose and plan to take rest so that we can cope with the challenges the following day brings. We make the appointments, to take the journey, we choose to jump in the car to arrive at the meeting, on time – it’s convenient, we know it will get us ‘there.’

It’s about choosing to make that appointment in the diary. Isn’t it? 

We arrive for networking to cultivate the relationships, the affinity and most of all the trust with reliable colleagues who we understand shall be at that meeting for the very same reason.

We naturally choose to develop the trust with reliable people over regular pre-arranged appointments…

Yet, some still don’t ‘get it.’ some who should know better still don’t seem to understand the lingo when I explain that ‘it’ is about being there and supporting, by doing as you say you shall by following up on the promises.

We choose to support our colleagues.

You cannot build a reputation on false promises, although you can build your business and in turn your own reputation with the right connections.

What type of connection would you choose?