Do you choose the type of people you want to be with, the type of people you want to listen to?
Or are you a people person that is easy to mingle with different types of personality?
Does this affect you in achieving success?
All right. We have a lot of questions in that question. The answer is. I network a lot. That is part of my job because as the CEO, I’m the main salesperson. It was just last year when finally I had a business developer and she is fantastic. But I’m still also running guns when it comes to sales. So I have to do a lot of networking.
And if you can’t get along with people that you don’t know, you don’t know how to open new conversation, you don’t know how to be interesting to them, you don’t know how to be charming, you have to study that. You have to hone your communication skills, if you want to sell. Networking is very important. If you’ve never heard the phrase, it’s not about what you know, it’s who you know, that phrase is true.
It’s who you know that will help you succeed in your business. Because if you have a lot of connections, you have a lot of solutions. So if you can’t network well, if you can’t communicate well, if you don’t choose the type of people you want to get in touch with or you want to get connected with, then you’re wasting a lot of time.
So I do choose the people I want to be with. And that is because there are people who are not good influences. And then there are people who are also just going to drain from you. Meaning you’re not going to be able to utilize them for anything. They’re not going to be able to help you in any way, unless I’m doing ministry. In which case I am sharing my life with them, not expecting anything in return, then that’s the only time where I don’t choose people.
But if we’re talking about business, I do choose the people that I spend time with. Do I choose the type of people I want to listen to? Definitely. I listen to podcasts that’s handpicked. I don’t randomly pick podcasts. I picked podcasts, especially the episodes that I know would be helpful for me. That I need to learn from, especially when it comes to business and when it comes to the shake up that this COVID, pandemic has brought about.
Am I a people person that’s easy to mingle with different types of personality? I hope so. As far as I’m concerned, I have been able to network with different types of personality. And that’s not really because of me because I’m an introvert. I really don’t speak well before. I really wasn’t able to communicate well before. But I have developed these skills over time because I needed to and because I wanted to, and that’s by reading a lot of books. And when I read books, I read them out loud in English. And that is actually how I got my accent, because I would read with an accent. I’m not really a person who grew up in the States. I’ve never been to the US actually. I’ve lived my entire life pretty much here in the Philippines, but I would read books in English out loud. Sometimes I would play with the accents and that has helped me to improve my spoken English. I do make sure that I get along with people when I network.