Networking in a new city—When do you start?

Networking in a new city—When do you start? I believe we spend a lot of time getting ready to do some sort of task in life and in our business. We put off doing the actual important work because it is easier to stay in the getting organized or planning stage. I too am guilty. I find at times I know I need to pick up the phone and make my 5 calls for the day, but instead of just picking up the phone and completing the task I start going through my emails, or get my schedule in order…
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Formal Networking Event and Your Personal Introduction

Formal Networking Event and Your Personal Introduction I attended a formal networking group that you have to join at $299 per year. In my opinion this is not a "cheap" networking group. I only say that to drive home the importance of how you introduce yourself when you have the chance in order to take full advantage of your membership. This particular networking group has a protocol on introduction that includes an agenda printed on a branded piece of collateral that is handed to you upon arrival explaining exactly how you are to introduce yourself, your business, and an opportunity…
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Maximize the Time You Spend Networking: When should you show up to a Networking Event?

A goal without a plan is just a wish. --Antoine de Saint-Exupery BNI Membership Appreciation Luncheon Business Networking International is a "Referral/Lead Organization" that was established in 1985 by Ivan Misner. The organization has 7500 local chapters across the United States. The focus of each chapter is to allow only one person in a particular business category as a member in hopes that as that person goes about their business they will bring referrals back to the group. In theory it is a good concept; however, if your chapter is filled with people that have no idea how to network…
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