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Recognising ‘The Big Cheese’ when Networking

A simple and yet potentially incredibly damaging error we can all make when networking is to make judgments about people we meet and talk to.

There is no doubt that first impressions count however, you judge people at your peril.

You never know who knows who and these days more than ever, the world is a very small place.  The individual you are speaking to at any one time should always be the most important person you know at that moment.

Top Networkers recognise this and communicate naturally with everyone they meet.

The Big Cheese is the person who can make the biggest impact for you and help you the most in any given situation and not just the big decision maker sitting at the top of a company or organisation you really want to work with.

The Big Cheese could be the cleaner or the Chief Executive.  Remember it’s not always about the individual, it can just as easily be about who they know.

If you offend someone you can be pretty certain that they will tell other people and these people will then tell more people and before you know it your bad deed has been passed on far and wide.   Equally, be respectful and courteous and do something good and helpful and that will be passed on as well.  You choose.

Treat everyone you meet as The Big Cheese and you are on the right path.

February 22, 2011 | Category: Etiquette & Courtesy — Tony Altham
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