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The Only Top Ten List You’ll Ever Need

Have you gone to networking event after networking event, followed up with each person, only to NOT receive any business out of the process? 

I have.

Have you been in the cycle for a while wondering what’s the point of networking? 

I’ve done that too.

I know I’ve questioned why isn’t this working? Why am I wasting my time with all of this?

Let’s be honest, when you’re networking with potential strategic alliances, your voice is just one of many… send me “everybody who…” or “anyone looking to…” That’s what everyone says to them. So when it comes to talking to you, you’re not only in competition with whoever that “somebody” already knows, you’re in competition with everyone your contact knows too (i.e., other industry people). 

So, how do you differentiate yourself from the crowd?

The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

I realized I was missing a piece of the puzzle. Having a great conversation and leaving a positive and informative impression is just the start. 

The Top Ten List is the list that will change your business. 

So, what exactly is the Top Ten List?

The Top Ten List

It’s rather simple actually.

It is a mix of the top ten people or organizations or positions that you want to meet to make your business grow! 

For example:

If you own a product line of natural and organic vitamins and supplements and are seeking distribution, instead of saying “I’d like to meet anyone who likes natural and organic goods,” you would provide a list like this:

  • Jane Smith, buyer for MegaFoods
  • Jon Doe, buyer for NatureMade
  • Owner of a boutique that rents out shelf space
  • and more…

This shows your new companion that:

You have a vision

You know your industry

Evenmoreso, it makes it easier for them to have a clear vision of WHO to refer to you! Most likely, by the end of the conversation, you will either receive a referral or consideration for a referral. 

Do you have a Top Ten List? Do you know who you’re going going to add to yours?

25 thoughts on “The Only Top Ten List You’ll Ever Need”

  1. What an amazing idea! So simple, too, really. I love the idea of creating lasting relationships, that are started with business goals in mind, but end with friendships, too.

  2. Networking is no joke, I don’t see myself doing it! I like the idea you presented here Business relationship can turn into friendship and that in my opinion will have a better effect on business.

  3. I love this! Knowing your industry – your lane – keeps you on the road to success. One of the keys to getting where you want to go is knowing the road you’re on.

  4. I think the idea of a top 10 list is beneficial for anyone wanting to up their business. Networking can be a chore in itself. I can see by making a top 10 list, it can be very productive.

  5. I have never thought of making a top ten list like this. It sounds like a productive way to focus your attentions for your business.

  6. i never thought to make a top ten list like this. Very powerful it would be amazing to make a list to hopefully meet powerful people.

  7. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Making a Top Ten List is an awesome idea. I have attended conferences and networking events many times in the past. Some were successful, in terms of increasing my reach and putting my name out there, but some were just so-so. I will try your strategy next time.

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  9. I think it great to create a top 10 list. It gives you a plan of the outcome you would like to have. I’ve always looked at networking as an opportunity to meet people and hear about them. I like to find things in common first. I feel like going for the purposes of closing a deal or making a sale cheapens the experience. Get to know people. Provide them some value. Solve a problem on the spot and I’m sure they will be calling you back asking for more.

  10. Catherine Santiago Jose

    Love this idea. Making a list is so important, same with having a strong relationship with those who can help you in making your business grow.

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