When we are building relationships in business whether that be offline or online we must accept it should be for a long term and not focus just on today. Looking at the online challenges we face every day here are some areas to take into consideration.
How to Build Credibility.
If you are looking to connect with someone you admire or would like to be part of their network, it is important to set yourself apart as a person that is worth knowing. Just reaching out with a friend request may work sometimes, but this will not make you memorable in their eyes.
Try to find mutual ground that is common to both of you, friends, colleagues maybe the college you both attended, conferences you are both going to or have been at, pieces of work you share a common interest in. By establishing your credibility at the outset, it makes it clear it would be a great interaction for both parties.
Show off Your Value.
To break away from the hundreds of request your peers receive every day you need to show the value in connecting with you. Here is an example of adding value to someone’s life.
I received a message a few days before I was due to give a training session in Cork which the person was attending. The individual asked if I had ever seen the real sights of Cork through a native Cork-born person, as he was a walking tour guide for the city and if my schedule allowed it he would be delighted to show me around.
I could have rambled around the city looking at the sites, but a guide would be a lot more interesting. By taking into consideration his skills and offering them to me this added value to both of us. The message here is to stand out from the noise and see how you can help others and add value for them.