One Chance to Make a GOOD First Impression

One Chance to make a GOOD First Impression: Three simple tips for lining up a guest speaker for your group or organization. I recently painfully sat through a luncheon where the guest speaker lost the audience from the onset. I felt bad for the guest speaker because it wasn't necessarily all his fault. If the program's person or event organizers followed my simple three step plan when lining the guest speaker up for the event, this issue could have been avoided. You only have one chance to make a good impression on any guests that may be in attendance. If…
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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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