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Do it anyway!

First, there is a difference between being “sick” and just not “feeling good.” A client of mine who owned several retail stores used that as a guiding principle for employees who considered missing work because they didn’t “feel good.” He pointed out that there is a difference in being ill and simply not feeling like working. He trained his people to ask themselves if they were really “sick” or just not “feeling good.” He reminded them that a professional knows the difference between being “sick” and just not “feeling good.” A professional also recognizes that others are depending upon him or her.  

There will be days when you just don’t really “feel” like attending an event and doing the whole networking thing.

Do it anyway!

GreatGameofNetworking.jpgThink about it. There have probably been times when you didn’t “feel like” exercising, cleaning out the garage, or going to church. But once you did, you were glad you did! I am not kidding when I say, on days like that, unless you are truly ill and could make the rest of us sick, DO IT ANYWAY! 

At first you may really have to push yourself, but you’ll probably find that once you get in the game, you are reminded how good you are at it! You will remember how much you really used to dread these kinds of events and how hard it was for you. You may see others who are struggling to play the game and you may help them out, and that may even be a reward unto itself!  Plus, it’s not an exaggeration to say that those who are new to the game and those already in your network DEPEND on you!

So the next time you don’t “feel like networking today,” DO IT ANYWAY! At the very least, you’ll just be glad you did!  

G R Canady said -

Dr. Burt –

Excellent distinction between the two. When I don’t feel like networking – I must not be feeling at all. One never knows where a contact from your network of colleagues, business partners, service providers or past contacts might take them and you never know when, either. So, you shouldn’t close the door on network possibilities at any time, whatever your emotional or physical energy level.

You make the correct assumption – a professional knows when others are depending on him/her and should act accordingly. Simply “not feeling good” doesn’t stop one who holds to a higher standard of performance.

Keep up the good work on the blog !

November 6, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

Kevin Jessop said -

Great post, Dr. Burt!

I like to think of “networking” as “meeting people and finding out stuff about them.” That way, the onus is on something fun, as opposed to doing something for the sake of sales (which isn’t half as interesting.)

I loved the analogy – and the DO IT ANYWAY attitude is the only one to have. You’ll never know unless you try and you have nothing to loose!

November 8, 2007 @ 6:24 pm