Articles on: Networking

This is a great way to screw up your personal brand…

Prefer to listen to this article? Click the start below:   In today’s super connected world, your reputation…your personal brand is more important than ever. It’s a small world and people will talk…or post…or review without much prompting. Whether you realize it or not, every interaction is either improving your reputation or hurting it – […]

5 reasons why your networking doesn’t work

Photo by skippyjon If you think networking is a waste of time and it doesn’t work…then you’re not doing it right! (how’s that for a slap in the face?). As a small business owner, one area where you have a clear advantage over a larger company is networking (people engage with other people, not corporations).  […]

You can’t hurry…networking?

If you want my business, I’m going to have to get to know you.  It’s important that I like you (or at least that I don’t dislike you), and I absolutely have to be able to trust you.  That feeling of Know, Like and Trust isn’t going to come from a cold call, it’s not […]

An Opportunity to Stand Out

  photo by jeffsmallwood If you do much networking, then you’ll quickly realize that everyone starts to blend in…which does absolutely nothing for you.  Garet King – a branch manager at CoreFirst Bank here in Kansas City shared the following article with me that does a great job of addressing this situation – take it […]

How to build your business over coffee!

  photo by annia316  A lot of business owners talk about growing their business by networking.  You imagine a crowded chamber after hours meeting and it’s hard to picture generating business in that kind of setting. The reality is you can’t (or at least it’s unlikely). What you can do at those kinds of events […]

How to Network Effectively (10 Steps)

Networking for your business is about making friends (you don’t have to kiss them…). Unfortunately most people don’t really ‘get’ the whole networking thing, which makes going to networking events sometimes very painful.  As an example, at an event I was at last week there was a woman that was waiting in a corner and […]