Is it okay to use your contacts?

I was just thinking how a lot of my business is happening these days and most of it comes through contacts, one way or another. So is it okay to use contacts to further your business?

I would venture yes, to a certain degree. For example the workshop I’m planning in St. John’s really came about when I was snowshoeing with my buddy Chappy a few weeks back. I was mentioning my interest in going to teach in St. John’s and he said I should contact so and so and that they were from the area and well-connected. So I did. And then those people put me in touch with more people and now I’m slowly spreading the word. It also helps to have a special agent on the street! 😉

I guess it would be different if I was selling crack cocaine but I’ve come to terms that it’s okay to use my contacts for a few reasons: 1) I truly believe what I do is a service to the community 2) I try to help out other people who need help and contact me and 3) everyone else is doing it!

I guess you could say I’m doing network marketing to promote my ChiRunning services. I’m okay with it. And to be honest, a lot of my clients/friends are more than happy to tell other people . I guess that has a bit to do with the fact that they believe I’m a stand-up guy and in my services.

So I’m not saying ask your friends for 100 level tickets to the Sens (although they will probably throw them your way these days) every week but if you’re looking for a recommendation or some help (and they can provide it), you’ll see they’re likely to provide it, with a smile even!

About ecinc

I`m one of 13 certified ChiRunning instructors in Canada and I`ve taught the technique to over 300 people across Canada in the past two years. I`m also an NCCP-certified triathlon coach, a Lululemon Alumni Run Ambassador and an all-around nice guy…
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3 Responses to Is it okay to use your contacts?

  1. smile breathe and go slowly says:

    nothing wrong with it at all..word of mouth is a powerful thing. Anyone who has met you will agree that you are a standup guy 🙂 and will spread the word about what you do. Alot of it is who you know ( i think) and connecting with the right people puts some wonderful opportunities in your path. I’m actually enjoying following your journey and thoughts..because I can relate and they are helping me along on my own path..just keep moving 🙂

  2. SuperChris says:

    Hey ChiEric ! I’d say YES offcourse it’s okay to use your contacts. I do agree with “smile breathe and go slowly”….word of mouth is a powerful thing. It’s actually one of the best & most effective way to spread the word out. Network marketing & viral marketing are the way to go these days. By the way yes you are standup guy 🙂 Promoting your ChiRunning services by network mkt is great, en bout de ligne you do share a new & better way of running…consequently lot’s of happy folks out there! Talk about creating a great energy flow…called CHI!

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