Relationships matter. People matter to God, and it’s our mission in church life to let them know it. For many people in business, networking is the name of the game. A new lead can mean new sales, and income for the business and your family.
For some people, being relational comes easy. For others, it’s a challenge. The great news is it is something we can all do. We can all be relational ninjas.
Here are a few tricks I’ve adopted recently that have helped me organize my time, and focus my strength on networking in just a few minutes per day.
1. Schedule time every day to network. This will look different if you’re in ministry vs. business. Develop a system, and stick to it. Do something every day to reach out to another person. It is the most important appointment on your calendar.
2. Social media is a gift…use it. You have some of the greatest tools available to you of our lifetime, in the way of facebook, twitter, and all other social networks. You can easily stay up to speed with what is going on in people’s lives in just a few minutes a day. Schedule time every day to scan your news feeds, comment on people’s pages and interact. A little here goes a long way.
Support Pastors & church staff – this point should be mandatory. We need to be connected to our churches, on behalf of our lead pastors.
3. Do things you don’t have to do. Why send a thank you note? Because you don’t have to. No one does anymore. So, if you do, you’ll stand out in a big way. The same goes for making a personal phone call, etc. There’s a great, short blog on this by Ben Stroup you’ll love.
4. Return phone calls promptly. Procrastination is a growing trend in our generation, and I’m going to admit I don’t always get it right in this area. This is a symptom of a busy, or out of order, life. But returning communication quickly speaks of your excellence. The same goes with e-mail.
5. Walk slowly through a crowd. In ministry, don’t be so last minute or unprepared, that you spend the whole weekend walking around quickly, accomplishing tasks. Stop and talk with people. In business, add relationships into the pace of your day. Walk slowly through the office, and take time with people.
Let someone know today that they matter to you, and ultimately to God. People are hungrier for this than you may realize.
I’d love to hear what you’re doing to be a relational ninja. How are you building relationships at work or at church?