| November 2009 Vol 1 Issue 9
| Network Your Way to Bigger Profits
networking really lead to more business? Yes! Unfortunately, many
business owners and salespeople have been to events and done a poor job
of networking, leading them to believe that networking is a waste of
both time and money. However, when done correctly, networking can bring
you in a wealth of business for a minimum time investment.
are the biggest mistakes people make when networking? Either they are
too shy and spend the entire time sitting in the corner doing nothing,
or they are too self-centered and only talk about themselves-they don't
try to initiate a relationship or take an interest in the other person.
Both of these scenarios lead to poor networking results. If you want to
earn business at networking events, consider the following points.
· Create partnerships
Those who are networking savvy go into the meeting with the intention
of creating partnerships rather than simply getting business. While a
quick one-time sale is fine, true success comes when you create
lifelong customers or referral sources. Therefore, don't go into a
networking meeting with the sole focus on making a sale that instant;
rather, try to meet those who can be an advocate for you in the future.
· Talk to strangers
Your parents may have taught you never to talk to strangers, but that
advice does not apply to networking events. Resist the urge to sit with
and talk to only those people you know. Make it a goal to meet at least
three new people at each event. And while you certainly shouldn't
ignore anyone you already know, politely tell them that you need to
mingle, so you can expand your network. You might just inspire them to
do the same.
If you tend to be shy, get involved with the networking group by
volunteering your services. Spearhead a committee, nominate yourself
for a board or officer position, or help
check in at the door. When you act as an "employee" of the group doing
a particular job, it's much easier to talk to those you don't know and
get "face time" with new people.
· Find the right group
Not every networking group is right for every person. Just because
"everyone" goes to a local event doesn't mean it's the right venue for
you to grow your business. Remember that it costs time and money to
attend networking events, so only attend those meetings that bring you
business, either in actual clients or in referrals. You may need to
visit 20 or more groups until you find the three or four that work for
you. Additionally, once you find a group that brings you business,
commit to that group long-term so you are perceived as one of the
So can networking work for you? Yes! When you use these tips, networking can be a fun and profitable endeavor for any business.
Source: Joyce Weiss www.JoyceWeiss.com
What Leaders are Reading
Full Speed Ahead and Take the Ride of Your Life by Joyce Weiss.
Joyce is a world renowned certified
speaking professional and facilitator on employee performance and group
dynamics. She's captivated countless listeners on radio talk shows,
motivated more than 50,000 people in over 500 businesses, written
for hundreds of publications and authored Full Speed Ahead and
Take the Ride of Your Life!
The Book of Questions: Business, Politics,
and Ethics by Gregory Stock.
Ask yourself. Ask your family. Ask your
colleagues. Ask your best friend, or a stranger. This book enables you to ask those things that seem so easy
to answer - until you put yourself in the middle: dilemmas of freedom, justice,
power, honesty, money, principles, and trust.
OF THE MONTH
Top Ten Networking Blunders
1. Only talk about yourself.
What a bore. Remember the networker credo "how can I help you?" Be a
giver of qualified leads and referrals and help your fellow networkers make connections. This will have a positive effect on your
2. Schedule a meeting immediately.
A networking event should not be viewed as an opportunity to fill up
3. Monopolize their time.
Be considerate and spend only two to five minutes with each
person, then move on.
4. Name Drop.
Bragging about people you know
turns others off.
5. Interrupt conversations.
Nobody likes a "butinsky."
6. Ask "personal" questions.
Keep the mood light and
7. Give everyone your business card.
Business cards should serve as an
extension of your business and be selectively distributed.
8. Three is a crowd.
If two people are facing each other and engaged in conversation, don't
disturb them, but make a mental note to approach one or both of them
9. Look around the room.
around the room while engaged in conversation.
10. Tell inappropriate jokes or use offensive language.
No one thinks it is funny or cute to tell a blonde joke or swear like a
sailor. In business, your image is everything.
Source: Louise Yates
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"More business decisions occur over lunch and dinner than
at any other time, yet no MBA courses are given on the subject."