Your vision is to develop and grow your leadership skills. You aspire to participate more fully and contribute to your industry in a meaningful, for the good of all, way. You want to network with leaders and change-makers and develop relationships that are of value to yourself and others. You strive to create a future different to your past.
If this sounds familiar, I invite you to read on. Here, I address a topic rarely talked about – RESPECT. But it’s one that needs attention and commitment.
And here, I share some tips that will support you to make meaningful and sustainable relationships face to face as well as via social media.
1. Create a profile that is truthful and reflects who you really are.
2. Check your online accounts regularly. Be at the ready to respond to those who reach out to you.
3. Respond to comments on your accounts and respond to comments/posts on other people’s accounts. Be encouraging and supportive.
4. Ask questions of others and when questions are asked of you, take time to respond.
5. A simple ‘like’ goes a long way.
6. Share things of interest with others as it helps to build a network of interest and others are more likely to share if you share with them.
7. Avoid swearing.
8. Use of emojis can add meaning and informality.
9. Comment on other people’s accounts/posts.
10. Thank others for their posts, contributions and let them know when/how it has influenced you positively.
1. Greet people by their name.
2. Introduce colleagues if you are part of a group.
3. Make eye contact – it shows you care – especially when speaking with others.
4. Prepare an introduction about yourself. And use it! Rambling is off-putting.
5. Have a couple of questions up your sleeve and use them. Eg, what attracted you to tonight’s event?
6. Follow up. If you promised some information or a contact, etc, then fulfil your promise – sooner rather than later.
7. Offer your business card – if it’s relevant and you genuinely want to have contact again.
8. Adhere to dress codes, especially at industry functions.
9. Maintain a positive profile and reputation. Avoid overindulging in alcohol at industry events.
10. Thank people for their time and let them know information they have shared will be useful.
RESPECT can be a game change both off and online. What I know for sure is that it is not something that can be negotiated - it must be present in each and every exchange you have with others. This is one sure fire way to build long lasting and mutually valuable (and respectful) relationships.