Most fitness trainers say it takes 21 days of working out to get you into a routine that you can continue to get in better shape. It also takes commitment to help you improve your networking and business development skills. Here are 9 tips to help improve your business development skills that you can practice over the next few weeks.
1. Make the Commitment
This is probably the biggest step you will make. If you don’t make the commitment to change, you won’t do it. Much like improving fitness, reading more, or learning a language, you need to commit to practice. You can do this!
2. Make the Time
The biggest excuse you hear from people about business development is that they are too busy. Most everyone is busy. Even five minutes a day or a week will improve your ability to become a better rainmaker. Put time on your calendar and block it out so you don’t get disturbed.
3. Make a Plan
You need to plan out what you want to accomplish. What you want to do—whether it is setting up meetings, writing a blog, or getting on a program to speak—you must have a roadmap. Draw it up and put it where you can see it every day.
4. Make a List
We all know people, but do we ever make a list of the people that we feel are most important to us? You need to make a list of your clients, your connections, and your aspirational clients so that you know who you will be reaching out to in the next 10 weeks. 10 weeks, 10 names, 10 contacts.