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Monday, March 30, 2015

“I Don’t Have Time to Network!”

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Do you consider networking to be a distinct and separate activity – like an item on your “to-do” list? Hmmm. Perhaps that could be part of the problem.

Networking should not be a separate “to-do” item. To work, you must make networking an integral part of your day-to-day activities.

NETnoTIME“I don’t have time to network!” I hear this comment mostly from people who have not had any training and who do not know that networking to work, takes time. It takes time because building solid business relationships takes time. It doesn’t happen after attending a meeting or two. Networking is about relationships.

Others who say this are equally untrained and think that networking is about “getting” business referrals. While getting business referrals is part of networking, for people to like you and trust you enough to “give” you a business referral they need to know you, what you do and what you need.

Attending huge networking events, pushing your business card in someone’s hand (whether they asked for it or not) and asking for their business can only be a waste of your time. My experience tells me that using such an aggressive approach will certainly turn more people off than on. It can surely cause you to consider networking a waste of time because networking doesn’t work that way. So you justify quitting and say “I don’t have time” because what you were doing was indeed a waste of time.

People network all the time. It is not necessary to carve out extra time for networking. It should be your modus operandi for success in business and in life! Successful networking doesn’t happen by accident. For some, networking is intuitive, but most of us have to learn how to be successful at it and utilize our network constructively.

If no one has told you how networking works, then it’s time to get busy and ask questions of those who are successful at it and learn everything you can about how to utilize your time effectively.

There are basically two ways to network. One is by attending large events and two, by being committed to a smaller group of people who meet every week to network. For best results, I recommend the latter.

Large groups are for when you have an extra hour or two to attend, socialize and talk with your friends. Very little networking occurs except perhaps in the follow-up after the event. However, collecting business cards and not following up is another waste of time.

NETnoTIME2I favor the smaller groups of 40 to 65 people, who meet weekly and have rules (or bylaws) to hold networkers accountable for attendance and for bringing business referrals to others in the group. I also prefer breakfast (get a fresh start on the day) or lunch meetings. They are, in my opinion, worth much more than the time you invest to because an integral part of the group. Someone who is integral is very important or necessary. That’s you! If you are an integral part of the group, it means that the group cannot fully function without you. So, that means that you must make no excuses for missing a meeting. Put it on your schedule and never miss a meeting. If you are attending more than one networking meeting every week you are wasting your time!

Others who use the excuse, “I don’t have time to network,” are often those who become weary trying to cram 4 or five networking meetings (sometimes, breakfast, lunch and dinner meetings) into their weekly schedule. Even I don’t have time for that! This is never a good strategy. I know people who are hopping around town visiting as many networking meetings as possible. Based upon what I know, that strategy is not very productive.

I believe that if you choose one – only one – active networking meeting to attend every week and do everything you can to discover the needs of the members – really get to know them – and be loyal to the same group, then things will begin to happen the likes of which you have not experienced before.

So… in truth, you do have time when you use it effectively! You never have time to do the things you do not want to do!

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Evaluate Your Business Networking Group
Save Time Networking: Focus on Your Gold Dust

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Power Your Connections ~ Give Them Something to Talk About!

Networking is always about communications. You power-up your connections by giving them something exciting and different to talk about. What you say is important.

You should aim to attract people by being visible. Show up and shine. Dress well. When you dress well, you exhibit self-respect. Wear your best smile. Smiles are contagious. Be confident to inspire confidence in you. Be interested and interesting.

NET30SecondsIf you are truly interested in meeting people and are open to learning about who they are, they will get this in a first impression. There are two sides to networking: getting to know other people, and getting other people to know you. When you are meeting people for the first time approach them with a genuine interest in who they are. Be memorable. The first impression you make on someone is very important.

Invariably someone will say, “”So, what do you do?” Those five words are on the minds of everyone you meet. Or, you will be given the opportunity to introduce yourself at a networking meeting. For this, you must practice, practice, practice. Practice so that the delivery is natural, conversational, and effortless. It has to roll off your tongue. Do it well and it enhances both your image and your results. Create a script that conveys who you are, what you offer, your market, and the distinctive benefits you provide.

Work to make your self-introduction exciting and informational. Add some excitement. If you aren’t excited about what you do, there’s no reason anyone else should get excited either. There was some sort of passion that lead you to get involved with your business; let it show through. If you’re not passionate about your topic, how do you expect anyone else to be? Be creative. Use props. Give them something to talk about! Do not take this step lightly.

Most networkers call this introduction your elevator speech – some are 30 seconds and some are limited to one minute. (By the way, we no longer call this an elevator “pitch.”) Your elevator speech is more appropriate if you are attending a networking meeting, not a networking event. It’s not exactly a speech that you memorize, an elevator speech is a couple of refrains that you remember that you can build around, given the situation. I recommend what I call the “30 Second Connection” (your statement of introduction). It’s a concise, carefully planned, and well-practiced marketing message about your professional self. It allows you to succinctly and positively position yourself in the mind of the listener.

Edit your 30 second connection until you can introduce yourself and your business in less than a minute, which is how long most prospects will give you to win their interest. Shrink your introduction even further so you can tell your story in 20 words or less or 30 seconds or less. Focus your 30 second connection on who you are and what you are looking for. I recommend that you repeat your name twice in your introduction, at the beginning and at the end.

Have your facts on hand about your business and services and give them something to talk about when you explain what sets you apart from the rest. Ask yourself, “What makes you different than your competition?” Begin by making a list of as many things as possible. Talk to your friends. Ask them what they think makes you stand out. What’s unique about you? What can you do for others? I cannot stress how important it is to be prepared. Write them out. This will get the juices flowing. Practice talking about them “out loud” in front of a mirror. Set yourself apart by thinking before you speak.

Take stock of interesting things going on in your own life. In my case, if given the chance I always mention that my Networking Blog has more than 500 free networking articles. If you or your company have won an award, include that. This will help you build your credibility. There is no need to ramble on listing all your achievements, just pick the top one or two rock star moments of your career. These things can be hard to think of on the fly when someone asks what you’re up to, so it’s good to give them some thought ahead of time so they are fresh in your mind when someone asks. Always deliver your 30 second connection with enthusiasm and a little “attitude” thrown in. Be empathetic, be knowledgeable and get them hungry for answers. Always leave them wanting to hear more.

Your 30 second connection should not be carved in stone. If you come across a better explanation of what you do, include it in your introduction. It’s even worthwhile to test out multiple versions of your elevator pitch and make changes based on the result. It’s never one size fits all. I have three or four 30 second connections depending upon where I am and whither it’s a networking meeting or a large networking event. You can more easily adapt to the situation if you’re flexible that way. Over time you will discover that your audience will be a determining factor in what specific message you want to convey. Be willing to ad lib.

“Ultimately, you’re going to want to deploy your pitch everywhere – in your conversations, on your website or Blog, in your brochures. As in a game of “telephone,” you better be crystal clear in delivering your message upfront, so it survives subsequent iterations intact — and can turn into real business and real money for you.” ~ Dorie Clark

Be flexible. If you hear a problem stated in someone else’s 30 second connection, shine your light on a solution. The end of your introduction is a priceless opportunity to leave embed brand in the mind of other networkers, teaching them how to talk about you and solidifying what you want to be known for. Look at the real benefits to people who are listening to you – not what you think the listener wants to know – what they actually need. Remember your 30 second connection is perhaps the most important thing that you created in your networking marketing package.

BONUS Articles: 8 Tips for a Great Elevator Speech
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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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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Network at Meetings WITHOUT your Cell Phone!

When networking… turn off all electronic devices. Mobile distractions make mockery of networking meetings. Cell phones play a significant role in today’s social engagement, but we suggest that people just put the device away for awhile when you are at your networking meeting. The bottom line is that your mobile device is the enemy of productivity, a digital distraction and you should declare your networking space a gadget-free zone.NETcellPhones

By the way, tilting your head over a screen can put up to 60 pounds pf pressure on your neck. That’s like having an 8 year old kid hang on it. Hold your screen up in front of you and send your eyes downward to look at it – after the meeting, of course. 😉

NETCellPhonesOFFAccording to a Telstra survey, 51.7 per cent of respondents confessed to secretly checking their phone during a meeting, but far more disturbing was the finding that many didn’t even bother leaving the meeting room at all, said etiquette expert Anna Musson, who worked with Telstra on the study.

Hyperconnectivity can lead to a state of “continuous partial attention.” A state of continuous partial attention is a state where people are giving partial attention to what they are doing – continuously.

Let’s talk etiquette… If you are in a networking meeting and exceptional circumstances dictate you must answer your phone (if are on call) explain in advance why you may be slipping out. There’s no quicker way to undermine your own credibility and to earn a reputation as being a little unprofessional than to pay attention to the phone and not your fellow networking members during the meeting.

Is it time for networking groups to consider introducing etiquette guidelines for mobile use during meetings? Network leaders should at least make a brief announcement, e.g., “Remember to turn your cell phones and other digital distractions back on after the meeting.” You’ll have better meetings. More important – make sure the meeting is relevant to every person there, bring everyone into the conversation, and make it lively. Getting people engaged is the best way to keep them off their devices.

Knowing when to focus on the face-to-face interactions at your networking meetings and put electronic notifications on “Do Not Disturb” is also extremely important in this ever expanding digital age.

What say you?

BONUS Article: Mobile Phones in BNI Meetings

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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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Networking: Passive Business Strategy or Proactive Marketing Tool?

Ivan Misner, Guest Author

The word “networking” has become so overused that some business professionals can no longer define it. Many people think that networking is attending social or business after-hour events, shaking a few hands, collecting a few cards, and, of course, giving away a few cards of their own. Sadly, they actually believe that’s all there is to networking. To be fair, we could say they’re engaging in social networking. That’s never to be confused, however, with business networking.

NetDefinedBusiness people tend to fall into one of two groups when it comes to their views of networking. For many, the current mind-set is that networking is a passive business strategy, not a proactive marketing tool. This attitude results in a scattered, often ineffective networking approach that consequently wastes the business owner’s time and money.

Not surprisingly, when people feel they’ve been wasting their time and money on something, they’re understandably not going to continue that activity.

On the other hand, some proprietors do consider networking a proactive marketing tool for their business. How can you tell? They make it a significant part of their marketing and business plans. They have networking goals. They may even have a budget line item for networking. Most importantly, they practice it and live it every day.

A distinguishing characteristic of self-made millionaires is that they network everywhere. Most important, they do it all the time – at business conferences, at the health club, on the golf course or with the person sitting next to them on a plane. This fact alone should motivate you to place yourself in situations where you can meet new people.

As you feel more comfortable with this process, you’ll find it easier to sit between strangers at business meetings or strike up a conversation with people at the spa.

Which view do you take?

BONUS Articles: What is Business Networking?
Are You a Superstar Networker?

MisnerCopyright © 2015 – Ivan Misner. Called the father of modern networking, Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder of BNI and the senior partner for the Referral Institute. He has written nine books, including his New York Times best seller, Truth or Delusion? Busting Networking’s Biggest Myths.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Two Important Networking Tips…

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Resist the urge to arrive late to your networking meeting. It’s almost counter-intuitive, but showing up early at a networking event is a much better strategy than getting there on the later side. As a first attendee, you’ll notice that it’s calmer and quieter – and people won’t have settled into groups yet. It’s easier to find other people who don’t have conversation partners yet.

NET2TipsDitch the sales pitch. Remember, networking is all about relationship building. Keep your exchange fun, light and informal – you don’t need to do the hard sell within minutes of meeting a person. The idea is to get the conversation started. People are more apt to do business with – or partner with – people whose company they enjoy.

If a potential customer does ask you about your product or service, be ready with an easy and quick description of your company and what you do. Before the event, create a mental list of recent accomplishments, such as a new client you’ve landed or project you’ve completed. That way, you can easily pull an item off that list and put it into the conversation.

Copyright © 2015 – Colleen DeBaise. Colleen DeBaise is special projects director at Entrepreneur.com. Read more tips from Colleen at http://www.Entrepreneur.com/article/223468.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Another Secret to Successful Networking

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Master the Art of Delayed Gratification

Successful networkers realize that networking is a long-term relationship! Delayed gratification make everything worth waiting for. It keeps you focused building long-term relationships.

As a proactive networker you will find that you can create opportunities for your referral sources as you build a circle of high quality, not high quantity contacts.

delayedGratificationIt’s important to become a collaborative networking strategist. The collaborative strategist emphasizes cooperation as a joint effort – working together. The goal is shared gain. Collaboration is not only more practical, but a choice that offers the biggest win.

I always recommend that new networks be patient… be ready to wait. We don’t benefit in the end when we take more and give less. Study and model the successful networkers. They are the ones who have a plan each week to always be looking for business referrals to pass along to their connections.

“The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable prerequisite for success.” ~ Maxwell Maltz

They know that it’s a prerequisite to give first and the getting comes when enough times has passed and the relationships are on solid ground. Focus on the ones who have learned the art of delayed gratification. They give and give and once mutual trust has been established they are the people who receive the most from their efforts because they have wait to create a balanced exchange.

In the beginning stages of a relationship there is no substitute for one-on-one meetings. That’s where you can get the low-down on other networkers. The extra time you are willing to spend to develop the friendship will really make a difference in both the quality and quantity of business referrals received in the future.

Project collaborations, strategic alliances and partnering opportunities are all examples of ways to leverage relationships for maximum gain and offer the biggest win for the greatest number of people.

So… don’t get in a hurry. Slow down. Take the time necessary to build strong relationships that result in the quality of leads and referrals needed to grow a strong network. When you spend quality time with people you’ve just met and constant attention to “qualify” these contacts, they will become a terrific source of future referrals.

BONUS Article: Delayed Gratification

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Never Say “No” to the Other Guy

Harvey Mackay, Guest Author

Okay, so you do need a big favor.

NetHarveyMackayDon’t presume that someone within [or out] of reach of your network would automatically say no. If they’re able to do it worth asking for, then don’t be afraid. Ask.

Use common sense. It’s one thing to make a pest of yourself or to overreach. It’s quite another to be afraid to reach out help when you really need it.

I suppose if I were asked whether it’s better to err on the side of caution or incaution. I’d say, if the stakes are high, I’d risk the “begging” factor and go for it.

The worst thing they can say is still no, but at least you didn’t say it for them.

BONUS Article: Ask For What You Want!
Are You Asking the Right Questions to Get the Results You Desire?

MackayCopyright © 2015 – Harvey Mackay. Adapted from the book, “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty: The Only Networking Book You’ll Ever Need” by Harvey Mackay. His books are among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. In total, Harvey’s books have sold 10 million copies worldwide, been translated into 37 languages and sold in 80 countries.Harvey is a nationally syndicated columnist for United Feature Syndicate, whose weekly articles appear in 52 newspapers around the country, including the Chicago Sun Times, Rocky Mountain News, Orange County Register, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Arizona Republic. Visit Harvey’s Website!

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