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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

14 Networking Tips from 14 Networking Experts!

Networking is about sharing what you know about networking with other networkers. Here are 14 tips from 14 of the most successful networkers I know.

“You can abuse the members of your network only once – after that you may find that they make themselves unavailable to you. Share your information gladly, without always questioning, ‘And now, what’s in it for me?’ If you give of yourself only because you expect something in return, you leave yourself open for disappointment and can cause ill will between you and other members of your network.” ~ Anne Boe

NET14tips“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.” ~ Ivan Misner

“The most successful networkers (think of those you’ve met) are good at making other people feel special. Look people in the eye, repeat their name, listen to what they have to say, and suggest topics that are easy to discuss. Be a conversationalist, not a talker.” ~ Jacqueline Whitmore

“Anything… I repeat, ‘anything’ that propels you forward like networking can requires an in depth study of how to do it correctly! To master the art of delayed gratification is a prerequisite for effective business networking. You must also be dedicated to doing whatever it takes to make networking work and to “helping others.” If you are only in it for yourself, you are doomed to fail!” ~ Larry James

“Ask questions. Specifically, “feel-good” questions. These are questions designed to put your conversation partner at ease, and begin the rapport-building process. These are not intrusive, invasive, or in anyway resembling those of the stereotypical salesperson. Feel-good questions are simply questions that make your new prospect/potential referral-source feel good; about themselves, about the conversation, and about you. Vital, because “all things being equal, people will do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like and trust.” Asking feel-good questions is the first step to accomplishing that goal.” ~ Bob Burg

“Never be afraid to ask others in your network of support to help you reach others who can benefit from the services you provide. With a little encouragement individuals will help you spread the word to others throughout the network community. Does your community really know about the value and benefit of your services? If not, they need to and it is up to you to get the word out. You can initiate a word-of-mouth grapevine that creates positive visibility and exposure. Creating this type of visibility is critical – it is the way that the people who want and need what you have can find you.” ~ Donna Fisher

“Networking is an age-old process of exchanging leads, referrals, tips and recommendations; it’s mutual support alliances. Whenever someone recommends a restaurant, a travel agent or a book, that’s networking. Networking isn’t new and it isn’t some miraculous potion that you can gulp down at night before bed that will cure whatever ails you by the next morning. Undeniably, networking is a valuable tool. Reports claim that over 80 percent of all jobs are obtained through networking. Clearly, networking can boost sales and increase profits. It can help you find a wonderful place to live, a great caterer and an endless stream of supportive services that will lighten your load. However, these benefits are little more than byproducts that emanate from something substantially larger and vastly more important.” Rick Frishman

Caution: Don’t build a network that looks just like you!The power is in diversity, so diversify – starting with age. When you’re just starting out, the older members of your network are likely to be in much better position to give you a leg up than your peers. When you get to be a geezer, you need the younger members to give you a sense of what’s ‘in’ and what’s ‘out.’ The same goes for the benefits you’ll receive by adding different gender/religion/education/race/income level interests to your network. If everyone in your network is the same as you… it isn’t a network, it’s an anthill.” ~ Harvey Mackay

“You’ve had 1,000 of the finest, most eye-catching business cards printed. 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.” ~ GreatFX Business Cards

netdefined-1“Let’s face it. There will be customers you cannot help because their needs don’t fall within the scope of the services you provide. It’s a given. There will also be customers you don’t want to work with (which is why the initial consultation is so important). Regardless of why you won’t be working together, provide a reference to someone else who might be able to help if you can. This simple gesture continues to position you in a place of value.” Lisa Manyon

“The best way to motivate yourself to follow up on those contacts you’ve made is to consider why you need to make that call. We are all charged with a business development remit these days. It doesn’t do your career or your pay packet any harm at all to win more business for the firm. The follow-up call keeps you in touch with possible future clients ‘outside the transaction’, which is vital to build the trust that will lead them to buy you and your services. Although they may not need you now, when they do, you want to be in pole position. Remember also that you are in a brutally competitive market, and if you do not make the call, other professionals will. Also you must know that circumstances change in business. People retire, die, move up or move on. Budgets and strategies change. You must keep yourself ‘front of mind’ to be considered when that change happens.” ~ Rob Brown

“Your handshake is just one of the ways you can build a positive first impression. It’s interesting to note that a study by the Incomm Center for Trade Show Research has found that if you shake hands with people, they are two times more likely to remember you than if you didn’t shake hands. Psychologists have found that if you take the initiative and move forward to meet and greet a person, their impression of you will be more favorable than if you waited for them to make the initiative.” ~ Heather Townsend

neverfailfollowup“Each successful referral you receive, where you have kept them in the loop, will further build the trust your Champions have in you. Make sure they enjoy a positive experience when they refer you and they will do so again. You’ll see a move from unqualified to qualified referrals and to more and more business from the same source. When you first meet people and the relationship starts to grow they may test you out personally or with small referrals at first. As their confidence grows then the quality of the referrals may get better or the flow gets steadier. As long as you do the right things, there will always be a stronger chance of referrals in the second year of a relationship than the first. If you want people to refer business to you, you have to get to know them first and win their trust.” ~ Andy Lopata

“Although we live in a 24/7, online, digital world, the ability to interact and connect “real time” and in-person is increasingly important. Why? Because being able to do so has become increasingly rare. As more people circumvent face–to–face opportunities, those who capitalize on them will stand out from the crowd in both their professional and social lives. You can be one of them!” ~ Susan RoAne

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

How To Win People Over Without Manipulation

Marie Forleo on “MarieTV” interviews my good friend, Bob Burg, a well known speaker, writer and consultant, about his book, “Adversaries into Allies.” They talk about 5 ways to turn adversaries into powerful allies – no manipulation needed.

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In this interview, Bob talks about how business people focus too much of themselves instead of other people, how to start controlling your emotions in business situations, how to engage with people who have different person beliefs and more.

Many people tend to think about competitors as enemies or adversaries. According to Bob Burg it’s more useful and practical to visualize competitors as your allies.

“From time to time there may be situations where a customer would be better served by buying from a competitor than from you,” Burg explains. “If your true goal is to help your customers, that competitor just becomes another way you can be of service.”

Networkers may want to listen to the part about persuasion vs. manipulation. I find, much too often, networkers who tend to manipulate others to buy their goods or services. Some have not yet learned that manipulation doesn’t work. They often close doors that, with a little tact, could have opened up incredible opportunities. It’s much better to learn how to influence and persuade.

While this approach [manipulation] might at times bring us short-term results, it leaves people with a bad feeling about themselves and about us. At that point, our relationship with the person is weakened and our influence dramatically decreased. I particularly like with Bob talks about how you view adversaries — are they really your adversary? There is a better way!

The video is a 31 minute program. If you don’t have time to listen now, bookmark this page and come back when you can really listen. I’ve known Bob Burg for many years. He and I share an great interest in teaching and training the higher principles of business networking. Bob is also the coauthor of The Go-Giver, Go-Givers Sell More, It’s Not About You and (one of my favorites) Endless Referrals. As a networker, all of these books belong in you business library.

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Copyright © 2014 – Bob Burg & Marie Forleo. Bob Burg is author of “Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales” and “The Go-Giver.” Four of Bob’s books have combined to sell over 1,500,000 copies. Visit Bob’s BLOG.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

6 Quick Tips to Network With Clients

Filed under: Networking Tip — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Bob Burg, Guest Author

All things being equal, people will do business with, and refer business to, those they know, like and trust.

Effective Tips to Gain Trust and Likeability

1. Discover their needs/ When speaking with a prospect ask questions which will help discover who and what they are, and what they want to accomplish.

Like&Trust2. Ask what you can do to help them achieve this. Can you recommend great meeting places, Recommend clients with whom you have good relationships with.

3. Send information through the mail. Remind them of who your are, and what you do, in a low-key, non-pushy manner. Accompany this with a letter from another ecstatic client. A a “real quick” handwritten note on your own 8 x 3 postcard, personalized with your photo. We want them to think of use, and picture us as well.

Send handwritten “thank you” notes if you’ve received a referral. If you have received some advice or a compliment, let them know you care.

4. Do you feel you don’t have time to send handwritten thank you notes? YES, you do! Ask the pros. The busier you are, the more consistently they write notes. It is easy to want to put it off until “later.” Effective networkers do it now and often.

5. Focus on them and their needs. If your business is not quite right for your prospect, suggest that you will assist them with a galaxy of possibilities. Arrange a telephone introduction between others that might help them and your customer. WoW!

6. Be creative. I once invited a speakers bureau owner to attend my program as a preview. Afterwards, I introduced her to the meeting planner by explaining that she is a professional bureau owner who could meet all of his future speaking needs (including my future booking with his company!). Do you think she was pleased with that introductions?

Please realize that networking is basically playing the odds. These techniques certainly will not result in direct business and referrals every time. The key is to do enough things right, consistently, and let the law of large numbers work for us.

In order to get, we need to give! Joe Charbonneau once said, “When you take your surplus and give, give, give, that person will have a natural tendency to give, give, give back to you. Do this with enough people and you’ll have a real problem, because you will now have an even greater surplus, and you’ve got to watch out because you could be in danger of being really successful.”

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Copyright © 2014 – Bob Burg. Bob Burg is author of “Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales” and “Winning Without Intimidation: How to Master the Art of Positive Persuasion,” both with over 100,000 copies sold. His newest booklet is “The Successs Formula.” He also publishes a free weekly eZINE newsletter. Visit Bob’s BLOG.

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netHQLarry James is a Professional Speaker, Author and Coach. He presents networking seminars nationally and “Networking” coaching by telephone or one-on-one. His latest book is, Ten Commitments of Networking: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Personal Connections! 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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Friday, June 28, 2013

Breaking Through Resistance and Procrastination

Filed under: Procrastination — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Bob Burg, Guest Author

I was really struggling with a writing project I had… to the point that I was procrastinating, plain and simple. I couldn’t seem to begin.

procrastination2Fortunately, a little book was suggested that might help. I read it immediately and utilized the information in order to complete the project right away.

The book was, “Do the Work” by Steven Pressfield; his follow-up to The War of Art.

I really needed to read it and will do so from now on whenever I find myself procrastinating! Immediately after completing my project, I re-read The War of Art which was also a great book but didn’t have quite the effect on me as did this latest one. I got more out of it this time. Apparently, the timing of the message made a huge difference.

When I posted my struggle with procrastination and this project on my Facebook page I was inundated with comments from lots of my friends – many of them fellow authors – who had (and several who are right now) struggled with this same problem; procrastination.

Procrastination is a killer to one’s success, and it typically does not take place in a vacuum. Rather, it is a function of what Pressfield calls “resistance.”

Actually, it’s resistance that is the killer; procrastination is merely a symptom. And, not just to writers but to entrepreneurs, those who want to lose weight, do the “right thing” in the face of negative peer pressure or – as the author pointed out – practically anything that “we know we need to do.”

This is so important, let me share with you exactly what he says about this on the inside flap of his book:

“DO THE WORK. Our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project, or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account. THE ENEMY IS RESISTANCE. The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications and a million reasons why he can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do. START BEFORE YOU’RE READY.”

Is resistance – in the form of procrastination – an issue for you, as it is for me?

Then you might want to purchase “Do The Work.” It’s a short, quick read that just might help you bust your way past what’s holding you back from realizing your greatness.

BONUS Article: Procrastination… Can Disrupt Your Networking Agenda!

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Copyright © 2013 – Bob Burg. Bob Burg is author of “Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales” and coauthor of “The Go-Giver” both with over 250,000 copies sold. Visit Bob’s BLOG.

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netHQLarry 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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Monday, April 1, 2013

Are You Asking the Right Questions to Get the Results You Desire?

Filed under: Ask Better Questions,Networking,Qualifying Questions — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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Bob Burg, Guest Author

Develop profitable, win/win relationships with practically every new person you meet – whether one-on-one or in a social or networking setting.

How?

Good-QuestionsAsk questions. Specifically, “feel-good” questions. These are questions designed to put your conversation partner at ease, and begin the rapport-building process. These are not intrusive, invasive, or in anyway resembling those of the stereotypical salesperson. Feel-good questions are simply questions that make your new prospect/potential referral-source feel good; about themselves, about the conversation, and about you. Vital, because “all things being equal, people will do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like and trust.” Asking feel-good questions is the first step to accomplishing that goal.

“How did you get started in the ‘widget’ business?” ~ I call this the “Movie-of-the-Week” question because most people love the opportunity to “tell their story” to someone. This, in a world where most people don’t care enough to want to know their story.

“What do you enjoy most about what you do?” ~ Again, you are giving them something very positive to associate with you and your conversation. You are making them feel special, important.

You’ve begun to establish a nice rapport with your new prospect. You are focusing on him or her, as opposed to you and your awesome product, as most salespeople do. He or she is starting to feel good about you and has enjoyed answering your first two “Feel-good” questions.

“Pat, how can I know if someone I speaking with would be a good prospect for you?” ~ This is the “One key question.”

Here, you’ve continued to establish yourself as being different from all others they meet who are in business, who only seem to want to know, “How can you help me.” Also, since you are asking for help in identifying their prospects, she will gladly supply you with an answer. And the fact is, nothing builds trust and credibility with a prospect than actually referring business to them whenever possible.

GivingBIZcardYour conversation has ended and you never even mentioned your products or services. Good, since your relationship with this new prospect may not be far enough along for him or her to be receptive to this. (At other times it’s very advisable to bring it up.) That’s fine. Hopefully, you’ve gotten your prospect’s business card. Now you are in the position to follow up correctly and systematically in order to nurture this new relationship.

Whenever meeting new people, the above questions will help you to very quickly build your prospect list with high-quality people. And, in a manner that is fun and without stress. You’ll never again feel the “discomfort” in the pit of your stomach, knowing that you have to nervously and clumsily approach someone you don’t want to approach, and whom you can just sense, does not want to be approached.

Know this: the typical person knows about 250 people. Thus, every time you meet one new person, and develop a relationship based on the fact that he or she now feels as though they “know you, like you and trust you” you’ve actually just increased your personal prospect list a potential 250 people, every single time. Do this often enough and before long, you’ll cultivate a network of endless referrals.

BONUS Article: NEVER Start a Networking Conversation With, “What do you do?”
Are You Asking the “Right” Questions?

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Copyright © 2013 – Bob Burg. Bob Burg is author of “Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales” and “Winning Without Intimidation: How to Master the Art of Positive Persuasion,” both with over 100,000 copies sold. His newest booklet is “The Successs Formula.” He also publishes a free weekly eZINE newsletter. Visit Bob’s BLOG.

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netHQLarry 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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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bob Burg – Short Interview on Becoming a Better Receiver

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Copyright © 2011 – Bob Burg. Bob Burg is author of “Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales” and “Winning Without Intimidation: How to Master the Art of Positive Persuasion,” both with over 100,000 copies sold. His newest booklet is “The Successs Formula.” He also publishes a free weekly eZINE newsletter. Visit Bob’s BLOG.

netHQLarry James is a Professional Speaker, Author and Coach. He presents networking seminars nationally and “Networking” coaching by telephone or one-on-one. His latest book is, Ten Commitments of Networking: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Personal Connections! 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, October 30, 2010

10 (+ 2) Networking Questions That Work Every Time

Filed under: Guest Author Articles,Networking Article — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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Bob Burg, Guest Author

My good friend and networking expert Bob Burg, has 10 questions he personally uses when networking that he believes every networker should memorize.

Bob explains that these questions are not designed to be probing or sales-oriented in any way; they are all friendly, fun to answer, and will tell you something about the way the person answering them thinks. You’ll never need or have the time to ask all 10 questions during any one conversation but, still, you should internalize them. Know them well enough that you are able to ask the ones you deem appropriate for the particular conversation and time frame.

questionchrisbakerHere are the 10 questions:

1. How did you get started in the (______) business?

2. What do you enjoy most about your profession?

3. What separates you and your company from the competition?

4. What advice would you give someone just starting out in the (______) business?

5. What one thing would you do with your business if you knew you could not fail?

6. What significant changes have you seen take place in your profession through the years?

7. What do you see as the coming trends in the (______) business?

8. Describe the strangest or funniest incident you’ve experienced in your business?

9. What ways have you found to be the most effective for promoting your business?

10. What one sentence would you like people to use in describing the way you do business?

bobburgLike Bob says, you’re not going to get to ask more than a few of these questions during an initial conversation, so don’t worry about sounding like you’re conducting an interrogation. These are feel-good questions people enjoy answering, and they are meant to establish an initial rapport.

So next time you’re at a networking event, try using a few of these questions and then come back and leave a comment about how using them worked out for you; I’m more than willing to bet you’ll be pleased with the results.

Copyright © 2010 – Bob Burg. Bob Burg is author of “Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales” and “Winning Without Intimidation: How to Master the Art of Positive Persuasion,” both with over 100,000 copies sold. His newest booklet is “The Successs Formula.” He also publishes a free weekly eZINE newsletter. Visit Bob’s BLOG.

Larry’s Note: I would add one more question, if, when talking with someone with whom you feel a good connection and would like to get to know better:

How may I help you?” – (Click link to read more about this!)

Demonstrating a sincere interest in someone is a great way to let them know that you really are there for them if that’s what they want and that you are interested in working together. Networking is about building long-lasting business relationships (and more). To me, the journey begins with this question.

Here is one more networking question. . .

“So, if I’m chatting with someone, what might they say or do that would tell me that they are the perfect client for you?” You should, of course, already have your own answer for this one, because it’s highly likely that they will turn it around and ask you (which is what you want anyway, right?). ~ Greg Peters, founder of The Reluctant Networker, LLC

netHQLarry James is a Professional Speaker, Author and Coach. He presents networking seminars nationally and “Networking” coaching by telephone or one-on-one. His latest book is, Ten Commitments of Networking: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Personal Connections! 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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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

How to Cultivate A Network of Endless Referrals

Filed under: Guest Author Articles,Networking Article — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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Bob Burg, Guest Author

No question about it; you provide one of the most valuable services imaginable. However, without an ongoing and ever increasing number of new, quality prospects, you’ll eventually run out of people with whom to share the benefits.

You might even end up asking yourself that most dreaded of questions in the world of sales, which is, “Who do I talk to next, now that my original list of names has run out?” That thought can be downright discouraging, can’t it? Then again, it need not happen.

Develop profitable, win/win relationships with practically every new person you meet – whether one on one or in a social setting.

How? Ask questions. Specifically, “feel-good” questions. These are questions designed to put your conversation partner at ease, and begin the rapport-building process. These are not intrusive, invasive, or in anyway resembling those of the stereotypical salesperson. Feel-good questions are simply questions that make your new prospect/potential referral-source feel good; about themselves, about the conversation, and about you. Vital, because “all things being equal, people will do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like and trust.” Asking feel-good questions is the first step to accomplishing that goal.

So what are some of these “Feel-good” type questions?

1. “How did you get started in the ‘widget’ business?” I call this the “Movie-of-the-Week” question because most people love the opportunity to “tell their story” to someone. This, in a world where most people don’t care enough to want to know their story.

2. “What do you enjoy most about what you do?” Again, you are giving them something very positive to associate with you and your conversation. You are making them feel special, important.

welovereferrals2You’ve begun to establish a nice rapport with your new prospect. You are focusing on him or her, as opposed to you and your awesome product, as most salespeople do. He or she is starting to feel good about you and has enjoyed answering your first two “Feel-good” questions. Now it’s time for the “One key question,” and here it is:

“Pat, how can I know if someone I am speaking with would be a good prospect for you?”

Here, you’ve continued to establish yourself as being different from all others they meet who are in business, who only seem to want to know, “How can you help me.” Also, since you are asking for help in identifying their prospects, she will gladly supply you with an answer. And the fact is, nothing builds trust and credibility with a prospect than actually referring business to them whenever possible.

Your conversation has ended and you never even mentioned your products or services. Good, since your relationship with this new prospect may not be far enough along for him or her to be receptive to this. (At other times it’s very advisable to bring up.) That’s fine. Hopefully, you’ve gotten your prospect’s business card. Now you are in the position to follow up correctly and systematically in order to nurture this new relationship.

Whenever meeting new people, the above questions will help you to very quickly build your prospect list with high-quality people. And, in a manner that is fun and without stress. You’ll never again feel the “discomfort” in the pit of your stomach, knowing that you have to nervously and clumsily approach someone you don’t want to approach, and whom you can just sense, does not want to be approached.

Know this: the typical person knows about 250 people. Thus, every time you meet one new person, and develop a relationship based on the fact that he or she now feels as though they “know you, like you and trust you” you’ve actually just increased your personal prospect list a potential 250 people, every single time. Do this often enough and before long, you’ll cultivate a network of endless referrals.

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Copyright © 2010 – Bob Burg. Bob Burg is author of “Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales” and “Winning Without Intimidation: How to Master the Art of Positive Persuasion,” both with over 100,000 copies sold. His newest booklet is “The Successs Formula.” He also publishes a free weekly eZINE newsletter. Visit Bob’s BLOG.

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