Have you created important business relationships during the course of your career? Of course you do and they will be vital to your ability to progress on your chosen career ladder, whether that is within a company or as an entrepreneur. Business is often dependent on a network of contacts made over time, many of whom can make you or break you. Whether you want to enhance your career within an organization or own your own business and are looking to expand, you absolutely need to have built good relationships. This applies to those with colleagues, contacts and potentially influential individuals. So how can you make sure that your relationships with your entire contact network are excellent? Well, the inspirational speaker Johnnie Lynch can answer that question for you.
Johnnie Lynch has been hugely successful in the world of business not once but twice! The first time he achieved a turnover of $10m via the establishment of a string of businesses that were built from the ground up. He was 17 when he first entered that world but he was forced to start again when the economic crisis hit and essentially ruined his empire. Building it all from nothing once again, Lynch has had plenty of experience in just how dark these days are. He also knows the value that contacts can add to business, ensuring that people are on your side. As such, he is qualified to offer advice as to what you should be doing to improve your business and career prospects in the future.
The first point to make is that you have to be secure in your own abilities. You have to know where you want to go and where you want to be in 5, 10, 25 and 50 years time. Establishing goals is important for this very reason. Knowing exactly what you want is a great starting point and determining how to get it is essential if you want to succeed.
The second relevant point relates to building communication and understanding those around you. This, in turn, fosters trust. This is essential because failing to generate excellent communication channels with peers in business could actually be detrimental to such relationships. The people you ignore or demonstrate a lack of consideration for will then do nothing to prevent you failing and will do nothing to help you succeed.
Finally, you need to know that your future is in your hands. At the Small Business Expo in New York in 2011, Lynch gave a motivational speech using an apt analogy. He held two plastic cups that were both half full, asking the crowd whether they considered them to be half full or half empty. It did not matter what they said though because it was whether the individuals had a cup to start with. If you have a cup, you can progress and move forward. It is up to you how you do so and how you take the initiative.
Whether you have a metaphorical cup and have already developed relationships with those around you or at least know exactly where you want to go, you can always move forwards. You can improve in business. Start by following Johnnie Lynch’s methods to seriously enhance your standing and your future career or entrepreneurial path.