A totally BLOWN networking opportunity.

A totally BLOWN networking opportunity. Don't let this be you... While attending a recent Rotary meeting I came up with the idea for this weeks BLOG post. Our guest speaker was a writer from a local newspaper who shared with us how she goes about writing articles for the paper as well as a brief history of how and why the newspaper got started. I found her portion of the presentation very interesting. Then she introduced her "salesman" and he began his portion of the presentation and that's where it all went downhill. Networking rule No. 1...Know the definition of…
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How would you rate your networking efforts? 2? 0? 1? 6?

A 2? 0? 1? 6?...how would you rate your NETWORKING efforts? As we close out the first month of the year, how would you rate your networking efforts? Let's review your simple successful networking plan: Have you... Identified your ideal client? Prepared a few probing business questions to ask? (Did you practice asking the questions?) Where did you go to network? Were your ideal clients there? Did you ask permission to follow up with those you would like to get to know better? Did you call them and set your one-on-one appointments to get to know them and their business…
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5 Tips to Master a Speed Networking Event

The informed networker shows up to events with a plan. Here are five tips that will help you next time you have the opportunity to attend a speed networking event. (If you are a shy networker and Speed Networking is out of your comfort zone, these tips will put you in the drivers seat by focusing on the other person.) Bring plenty of business cards. Those that show up without a business card do not appear to be on top of their game and makes others wonder if they are serious about their business. Prepare a list of 4 to…
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