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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Be a Business Networking Resource

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Ask yourself, “How can I be a resource to others, give something to them and learn from them?”

I believe that if most networkers would begin to think of networking in this way, they would be much more successful.

How CAN you be a resource to others? Think about it. What do you already know that might assist someone else in your network?

NETResourceWe all know that business networking is a desired business strategy, however, we often get so wrapped up in making a living that we forget that networking is mostly about giving, not getting. We all know that getting is part of it, but forgetting that giving is what networking is really about keeps us from focusing on developing the close business relationships that are necessary for networking to work far into the future.

Are you helping others in the same way you want them to help you?

I am where I am today because of business networking! Passing business referrals is only a part of networking. Helping others, help themselves has been my purpose for more years than I care to recall. Most of my closest friends are a result of accepting this purpose as my own many years ago. A long-standing trust developed over time and made it possible for many other opportunities.

Who can you refer today? What tidbit of info that you have learned could you pass along to someone else? Perhaps you have spoken with a client or friend, and they are looking for a job or opportunity. Can you help? It’s important to stay in touch with those who knew you when you were on your way up and discover ways to help them. Follow-up to get reacquainted. You can possibly help them and they can help you.

Andrea Nierenberg offers some places to look for ways to be a resource.

She says, “Research tells us that there are at least 200 people who are already a part of your network. Get reacquainted with them. Networking is about creating and developing opportunities through meeting people and “connecting the dots” among them. The following categories of people can be the beginning of a great networking success story:

Customers and clients – They are the lifeblood of your business. Build trustworthy and positive relationships with them.
Suppliers and external partners – Refer them and stay on their radar screen.
Colleagues and co-workers – Office pals are a powerful resource when networking. Invite a co-worker to lunch or coffee and get to know him or her better. Build your internal alliances consistently.
People in your profession – Helping your competition can actually lead to greater opportunities to grow your business.
Alumni and former classmates – Seize the opportunity to link up with people with whom you might want to reconnect. Linked In and
Facebook are perfect for this.
Like-minded people – Expand your horizons. Extracurricular activities introduce you to people with common interest and ambitions, or who share similar life experiences. (Larry’s NOTE: These people have been the group I focus on. They seem to be the most helpful because they think more like I do.)
Neighbors — Turn a friendly wave into an invaluable conversation. Get to know your neighbors. You can open up the door for a new opportunity.
Friends – Take time to nurture and cultivate your friends. Network with them in a positive way, never with expectations.
Family – Family members can be a great resource for networking opportunities. Think of how you can be helpful to those in your family.
People you meet serendipitously – Be kind to unfamiliar people. Airports, grocery store lines, and waiting rooms are filled with a world of networking opportunities. Keep your ears and eyes open. I learn daily by paying attention to the universe.”

Andrea adds, “Think of people you know who fit in each of these categories. The possibilities for networking are endless. Over time, as you build rapport and trust, these relationships lead to other contacts, partnerships, and opportunities.”

Opportunities to assist other networkers are everywhere. Once you have developed the mindset of “being a resource to others,” it will become part of you. It’s important to set aside chunks of time to actually look for ways to help others. Never allow yourself to forget just how important this is. Write notes to yourself and post them where you will be reminded to look for business referrals, ideas, tips, magazine articles, you can offer to others. Always be churning up new ideas about being the resource you would like to be for others.

Remember: Always remember those who go out of their way to help you. Say, “Thank you!”

Be an innovator and networking motivator! Challenge yourself to be the kind of networking resource you would like to know!

BONUS Articles: Become a “Resource Hub!”
Networking… The New Renewable Resource
Invite Your Referral Resources to Your Next Networking Meeting
How Much Time Do You Spend Looking for Referrals For Others?
Are You Helping Others in the Same Way You Want Them to Help You?

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Networking: A is for… Authenticity

Filed under: Authenticity,Networking — Larry James @ 8:30 am
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Andy Lopata, Guest Author

Be yourself. People will quickly see through your mask otherwise.

NETAuthenticityIt’s too easy to succumb to pressure to portray the image of a successful, confident individual. There are certainly times and places where it’s right to share your successes and others where it’s important not to show weakness, but at all times you should be true to yourself.

People soon recognise when you’re putting on an act and they’ll quickly lose respect for you. A strong network include people you feel safe confiding in and turning to for help. Such trust is often repaid in spades.

Ignore advice, like the recent Schumpeter column in The Economist, that encourages you to flatter others and fake an interest in them. Be naturally interested and they will be interested in you.

Asking – successful networking is built on developing strong relationships, giving to your network and connecting people. But ultimately, if you lay the right foundations, you have a network who will want to support you.

But you need to ask. Don’t simply assume that people will know when to help you and how. If you have built strong relationships and know that your network is happy to help, make it easy for them to do so. Ask for help when you need it and be clear and specific about the help you need.

Don’t let fears about being a burden or looking vulnerable hold you back. As long as you ask someone with whom you have a strong relationship, they will be more likely to get pleasure from helping you rather than be annoyed. And if you frame the question well you can look strong, rather than weak.

A is also for…

Attention ~ Stop those eyes from wandering! Give your full attention to the person opposite you. People are interested in people who are interested in them.
Attendance ~ If you’re a member of a networking group don’t expect results without showing up. You need to be present and to commit to the group and its members.
Altruism and Advocacy ~ Seek to help, promote and connect others without expectation of instant, or direct, return.
Appreciation and Acknowledgment ~ Don’t let people in your network feel as though you take them for granted. You’ll soon see the back of them.
Attitude ~ Be positive in how you interact with your network, especially when posting online late at night!

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Video Copyright © 2015 – Andy Lopata. Reprinted with permission. Labeled “Mr Network” by The Sun, Andy Lopata was called “one of Europe’s leading business networking strategists” by the Financial Times. The co-author of two books on networking, Andy is a featured columnist the US magazine “The National Networker,” as well as being regularly quoted in the national press. Previously, Andy was Managing Director of UK network Business Referral Exchange. Andy has since worked with companies from one-man bands to organisations such as NatWest Bank, Merrill Lynch and Mastercard to help them realise the full potential from their networking. He is a former vice-president of the Professional Speakers Association. Visit Andy’s Website and BLOG.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Don’t Expect to Connect…

Filed under: Networking — Larry James @ 7:30 am

Don’t expect to connect with everyone you meet at a networking function or in your networking group!

You cannot possibly always be in a position to help everyone. There will always be a few networkers that have businesses that you may never be able to refer business referrals to. How can you help someone that you think you cannot help? You may be able to help them in other ways.

• Introduce them to someone else in or out of your group that may be able to help.

NETConnect“Be a Sponge!” Be listening for ways that you can help. Soak it in. Don’t ignore them. It’s all about helping business people connect to other business people. Hang with them to learn more about their business and the ways you or others you know might be able to help. The way to build great partnerships is to focus on what you can do for others. Connect them to people in and out of your network.

Don’t do it to “get ahead” or because you need something. Do it because it’s fun and you’ll learn so much about people and their businesses.

To find out more about how you can help, ask this question: How would I know if someone I’m talking to would be a good contact for you? This gives them the opportunity to tell you who he or she would love to meet. Ask them to explain clearly what they need so you will have a much better chance of helping them. If you are unable to identify a referral for the other person before your next meeting, don’t sweat it. Own up to it and then follow up. Use your next conversation as an opportunity to ask more questions. Offer to meet with them to learn more about each other. What can I do to help you connect with the right business partners, is another great question to ask.

Connecting with people is genuinely figuring out whether you share the same passions – that’s where the most effective connections happen. It’s willing to open up and have conversations about anything and everything, not just about business.

Your success as a networker depends on how well you can listen and learn from the people in our network. The faster you and your networking partner learn what you need to know about each other, the faster you’ll establish a valuable relationship. Listening for the needs and problems of others can also position you to engage the services of the people you know.

Networking isn’t a one-sided thing. It takes two people, and a willingness on both sides to help the other out. You may not see any immediate benefits to helping others, but eventually you’ll be happy you took the time to offer your assistance.

It’s important to be the one people go to when they need something. That means suggesting somebody else for a job when you can, putting them in touch with an acquaintance they should know… You have to give, give, give! Give information, time, energy, contacts and encouragement.

I recommend prioritizing your networking contacts and frequently reaching out to contacts who are most useful to you, otherwise known as your inner circle. These are the people you are closest to and trust. Make sure you aren’t burning any bridges along the way. Just because some of your contacts may not seem useful to you at the moment, doesn’t mean they won’t eventually be able to help you out.

Be a good listener. Effective listening is one of the most important things you can learn. Be totally present and take it all in. One of the best ways to develop this trait is to give your undivided attention to the individual with whom you’re developing a referral relationship. You can offer the help, the thanks, the listening ear, but if you aren’t sincerely interested in others, it will show – and they’ll know it. Those who have developed successful networking skills convey their sincerity at every turn.

Remember the things you learn and discover about those in your network. Make notes if you must, but the things you learn today you will be able to call upon to help you with them or someone else in the future.

I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to allow your positive attitude to show. The more confident you are in your ability to network, the faster you grow relationships. It makes people want to associate and cooperate with you. When you are positive, you’re like a magnet; people want to be around you and will send their friends, family and associates to you. Positive attitudes are contagious.

Great networkers keep their eyes and ears open for opportunities to advance other people’s interests. They offer to help others whenever they can, because they truly want to help. It’s as simple as that. They get joy out of helping other people succeed.

netHQCopyright © 2015 – Larry James. Adapted from Larry’s latest book, Ten Commitments of Networking: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Personal Connections! Larry James is a Professional Speaker, Author and Networking Coach. He presents networking seminars nationally and “Networking” coaching by telephone or one-on-one. Something NEW about Networking is posted on this Networking BLOG every 4th day! Visit Larry’s Networking Website at: “Networking HQ!”

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

How to Use Business Cards to Network and Market Your Business

Linda Elizabeth Alexander, Guest Author

You’ve had 1,000 of the finest, most eye-catching business cards printed. Now, what do you do with them? Networking with business cards is one of the most cost effective means of marketing your business–and yourself.

A&SBiz-CardDon’t leave them sitting in the box, they do you no good there. Get them into the hands of your prospects! If you think of your business card as a mini-billboard for your company, you’ll realize that you need people to see it in order for it to be effective. Here are a few ideas to get you started…

Keep them in your pocket, purse, briefcase, and wallet, on your desk, and at the reception area of your office

Leave some in your car. Always have them on hand so you can introduce yourself to new people when the moment is right. They should be a necessary part of your routine before you leaving home every day. When checking for your wallet and keys, check for a stack of business cards too. Keep replenishing your supply.

Store your cards in a nice holder so they don’t get bent

Keeping your business cards in a stylish case makes a better presentation when you give your cards out. Likewise, treat others’ cards well when you accept them. For example, spend a few moments reading the card closely before you put it away. You won’t impress the person by mishandling their business card. If your contact information should change, have new cards printed immediately. Writing in your new email address or phone number leaves a bad impression.

Place business cards on bulletin boards at local restaurants, supermarkets, libraries, and your children’s schools

At your place of business, have a bulletin board where others can post their cards in return for passing out your cards to others. If you see a fishbowl offering a drawing for a prize, throw your business card in. Somebody important might see it and contact you.

Include business cards with all of your correspondence, including bills you pay

You never know who might open the mail that day. If Realtors can sell houses this way, why can’t you generate business the same way? If you ship products, for example, include a card with every package. Send business cards with all thank you notes and letters you send out. Include your contact information in your email signature as well. It serves as an electronic business card.

Use them as scrap paper when you need to jot down a note

Instead of a napkin, use the back of your business card to write in your cell phone number. “This is my direct line,” you might say, making the prospect feel important and giving him or her a reason to keep your card.

Give people a reason to hold on to your card

Print something unique on the back of it–a calendar, a list of your services, important measurements, or anything relevant to your industry. You could also print a coupon on it, and ask them to return the card with their order, so again they have a reason to keep your card.

As a business owner or manager, have business cards printed for all staff members, right down to the lowest ranking person

The novelty of the cards for those who usually don’t have them will entice employees to hand them out. At the same time, you’ll make them feel appreciated. Your employees are part of your network, so use their networks to generate business for your company.

Use your business cards to introduce yourself to prospects you meet at networking functions, in the park or at your children’s soccer games

However, don’t be pushy. Make sure the time is appropriate. One way to do this is to ask for the other person’s card. He or she will likely ask you for your card in return. Another idea is to hand out two or three cards at a time–one for the person you meet, and extras for him or her to hand out to referrals. (Offering to do the same would be the polite thing to do here.) When you go to the doctor or dentist, present your card to the receptionist to announce your presence.

Leaving your business cards to sit in a box or a drawer collecting dust defeats the purpose of having them. They are inexpensive enough to print by the thousands, so hand them out liberally. It’s a cost-effective way to market yourself and your business. Think of the many other ways to empty that box so you need to print more cards. Be creative and you will soon have more business than you can handle!

Does your business card work as hard as you do to gain new contacts? If not, you need cards that will grab attention and spur curiosity. Design your cards online and choose from thousands of free business card backgrounds.

Larry’s NOTE: Need new business cards? Order Great FX Business Cards here!

BONUS Articles: You Need More Than a Cardboard Connection
May I Have Your Business Card?
What About Business Cards…

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

There Are So Many Things to Network For

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Jill Lublin and Rick Frishman, Guest Authors

When Dennis Crow of Pierce & Crow, a leading high-technology executive search firm, began his business, he had a strong background in high-tech operations, but no executive search experience. So he called upon social friends and business contacts including those who had invested in his former business. Crow told them about his new business and asked if they would introduce him to key people in their businesses.

NETkeyOne contact, a partner in Silicone Valley’s most powerful venture capital firm, invited crow to his office where they discussed Crow’s plans and prospects.

At Crow’s request, the venture capitalist agreed to send a letter introducing Crow to his business buddies. Crow drafted a letter, which his contact edited, put it on his letterhead, and send it to forty-four of the who’s who of the venture capital community.

Within six weeks, Crow had forty-four appointments. Not only did he meet forty-four top high-tech executives, but virtually all of them had the venture capitalist’s letter sitting prominently on their desks. Although it took time and hard work to get their business, Crow credits the letter for jump-starting his business and getting it launched.

Larry’s NOTE: There are so many things for which business networking comes in handy. If you don’t have a plumber in your group, ask for references to a plumber, or a dentist, or a banker. Don’t just focus on getting business referrals. Need a baby-sitter? Need a competent grease monkey? Need a new job? Need a connection to a business executive? You should be able to find out what you want and need within 3 to 5 calls or requests to your networking connections. Need help on a community project? Just ask for what you want. Then… plan some effective follow up.

BONUS Article: Out-of-Meeting Follow Up

Copyright © 2014 – Jill Lublin and Rick Frishman. From the book, “Networking Magic.” Visit their Website at http://Networking-Magic.com/.

RICK FRISHMAN, publisher at Morgan James Publishing and Founder of Planned Television Arts (now Media Connect), has been one of the leading book publicist in America for over 36 years. Appearing on hundreds of radio shows and dozens of TV shows nationwide, including Oprah and Fox News.

JILL LUBLIN is an international speaker on the topics of Radical Influence, Publicity, Networking and referrals. She is the author of 3 Best Selling books including Get Noticed…Get Referral” (McGraw Hill) and co-author of Guerrilla Publicity (Adams Media) and Networking Magic (Morgan James).

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Friday, January 2, 2015

A Networking RANT!

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A networking RANT? At least, you know what you’re in for. 😉 I’m going to assume that because you came to this networking blog that you might give me the opportunity to rant, just a bit. Hear me out.

First of all, I have never been content with meeting people and swapping business cards. That seldom yields anything other than modest results. That’s really not networking. That’s being a card collector. And we all know what usually happens to these cards. They sit on a corner of your desk collecting dust and eventually they get thrown away and with them goes missed opportunities.

NETrantStanding when in your networking group and giving your elevator speech (I call it a 30-second connection) will not get much results unless yours is creative and exciting enough to move people to connect with you. Most people offer a boring traditional; undifferentiated introduction, some of them lasting several minutes. I heard no one telling the members in the room the kind of people you want to meet and who would be a good contact for them. They start with their name and simply waffled on about all of the things they do and about what they want you to buy. Most people lose me after their names and what they do. Their introductions were generally passionless, un-focused, made them sound generic and in most cases, unless you were looking for those specific services, would have had no impact whatsoever.

Networking is the practice of bringing together people of different business backgrounds to further their varied goals by exchanging information, ideas and services. To be street smart, networkers must learn how to wring the maximum benefit out of every business networking opportunity. Smaller networking groups – with 40 to 60 active members – are one of the best ways to generate new business leads, especially considering that these groups often only admit one business from each industry.

That’s all well and good, however, networkers who are street smart know that when they focus on seeking out other networkers to connect with, the secret to success is to find out what they need and go about looking for ways to help them. In other words, be a giver… FIRST… not a taker. Helping them could be giving them business referrals, information, finding a new business resource for them and more. The referrals usually come after the time you have spent developing the relationship, seldom before. And you never nurture the relationship because you want something from them. You’re a giver… remember? If you want to call attention to yourself, learn to pay attention to others. This kind of networking eventually leads to benefits for both.

It may seem that I often rant about people who really haven’t a clue about networking. However, if you look carefully at what I say about networking, it’s really not about people who really haven’t a clue about networking… it’s more about those who network actively, who are doing some of the right things, and seem to stay stuck without much further motion. You may not be who I am writing for, however, if you are… it’s high time you get off your behind and promise to do more but not necessarily the same stuff you’ve been doing. Learn some new things about networking, begin to DO those things and never stop this cycle. Networking is not about starting, and stopping and starting, and stopping. I promise. It doesn’t work that way.

Many networkers are not that invested in other people. Networking is part of that investment. The successful networkers that I know are investors in people and love to help them.

Networking is… using your creative talents to help others achieve their goals as you cultivate a network of people strategically positioned to support you in your goals… expecting nothing in return! ~ Larry James

The funny thing about networkers is we stay stuck because it’s more comfortable than putting in the necessary effort that could literally change our lives! We don’t know what we don’t know. What a sad state of affairs when we are afraid to pursue new networking ideas because the olds ones aren’t working for us anymore and we are too darn stubborn to change. Don’t be lazy. It takes time and hard work to do anything that can pay off like networking. Devote more time to networking. Make networking part of your job. It will benefit you personally and help you to reach heights in business you’ve never imagined.

I speak as one who has spent more then half my life as a networker, the founder of 10 very successful networking groups and a network teacher and – I don’t mean to brag – but I know what I am talking about.

Thank you for being here and for hearing me out. Sometimes you just need a committed listener. I needed the opportunity to rant, just a bit. You probably have never felt that way. 😉

This stuff works. I truly want it to work for you too.

If you know anyone who needs to hear this… please share it with them or with your networking group.

How can I help you? Your thoughts and ideas are welcome in the “Comments” section.

BONUS Article: Be Authentic When Giving Your 30 Second Connection
You Need More Than a Cardboard Connection

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