Networking Nuggets from Client Connections
Helping You Connect With Confidence                      November 2010
Kath the Connector
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Some of the most powerful tools for business success aren't available for purchase; instead, they're ours for the asking.


I'm talking about the habitual thought patterns that make up our mindset.  How we choose to interpret events, view circumstances, and explain our results all have a huge impact on our success - or lack thereof. 


One of the most powerful tools available to us is what's often been called "an attitude of gratitude".  I'm certainly grateful for your continued interest in Networking Nuggets and the value you get from the newsletter.  I hope that this month's ideas move you toward results that you're grateful for, too.

November's Top Tips
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1. Invest in a high-quality business card holder.  This is part of your professional image, which you naturally want to be that of a successful business professional. 

2.  Carry a notebook at all times.  It's a great place to store ideas you come up with while talking with people at networking events.  If you feel paper is just so "last century", take advantage of the voice notes feature available on virtually all smart phones.  Just remember to schedule time each week to review your notes and determine how you'll take action on them.

3.  If you haven't already added your high-quality business portrait to your e-mail signature, jump on it now!  A picture helps people feel more connected to you, and it makes meeting a new prospect in a hotel restuarant far easier: at least the prospect knows who she or he is looking for.
How's This for Success? 
BizzyWeb logoI really do appreciate a good tag line, and BizzyWeb is a case in point.  They position themselves as a one-stop shop for setting up a powerful web presence that will generate interest and be easy on the client.  How to they describe the outcome they produce and the pain they help the client avoid?  Through their fabulous tag line:  "Generate buzz without getting stung!"  Is that cool, or what?
Really Good Resources
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1. Love the idea of sending handwritten thank-you cards to express your gratitude, but hate having to dig through messy card racks at the store?  Think how much easier this task would be if you could  create and send a custom greeting card from your computer.  No extra errands, no licking stamps, no paper cuts on your tongue - and each buy-as-you-go card costs you only $2.99 USD, including US postage! Seriously now:  Don't your clients deserve that kind of attention from you?  And don't you deserve to have life a bit easier?  Of course they do...and so do you.

2.  Here's a different sort of resource:  your local arboretum.  It's vital to take one or more days a month to spend some time in strategically planning for your business.  Taking this planning off-site and back to nature can be both inspiring and relaxing.  More importantly, it will allow you the time and space to work on your business, without getting caught up in working in it, which is what's likely to happen if you stay in your office.

3.  Like many business professionals, you may love the idea of networking online but feel leary of falling down the social-media rabbit hole.  If so, consider promoting yourself through a truly ginormous website dedicated to all types of personal and professional development. even allows you to create a page specifically to showcase your particular expertise - and it's available at no cost.  Definitely worth checking out if you're looking to reach an audience far beyond your local business community.

Client Connections in Action

Oakdale Networkers presentation - Networking Nuggets - Tuesday, 11/9/10, 11:30 a.m., Sergeant Pepper's:  930 Helena Avenue North, Oakdale, MN, 55128.
American Society for Training and Development, Twin Cities Chapter, Annual Conference break-out session - Giving Voice to Your Value -Wednesday, 11/10/10, 9 a.m., St. Paul RiverCenter.
Thanks to my friend Flickr.
Here are this month's heroes who graciously allowed me to use their images, posted in the Creative Commons area of Flickr, in this issue of Networking Nuggets:
purple triskele by shiftercat
light bulb by aloshbennett
Whether or not you celebrate the traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving, I invite you to spend some time re-charging your batteries by remembering all the things that are going well for you and for which you can be grateful - despite "the economy". 

Wishing you a year of dazzling success,

Client Connections

Life is good. 
P.S. - Please note that, as part of my baby-stepping my way into the new millenium, I'm letting go of my office land line and am only using my cell number (612-716-8239) for business calls.  Please make a note of the change, especially if you think at some point you'd like to connect ear-to-ear to learn how Client Connections can get more prospects more excited about what you can do for them.