7 Step Plan To Get Going With Networking

Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, feel like you have the gift of gab or just don't know how to make small talk, networking know-how is very important for your business success. There is a notion in business that I believe most of us subscribe to that says "all... Read More

Powerful Networking: Focus on Building Connections, Not Closing Sales

You can find numerous references in the business literature about the importance of a company's mission. These sources emphasize that the mission is not to make a profit; that a profit is the outcome of and reward for fulfilling the mission. In the same sense, the mission of networking is... Read More

Communication Is A 2-Way Street (The Networking Factor)

The Personal Touch 1There is a simple art to networking and the good news is, should you choose to put forth a conscience effort to improve the way you communicate, networking can and will become second nature to you, it is really just that simple. A personal touch big or... Read More

Networking - How To Do It

Networking is probably the oldest, easiest, most effective and least expensive way to get more business. It doesn't necessarily involve selling your product or service but it does mean selling yourself. However, that doesn't involve a lot of talking - it does involve a lot of listening.Networking is about making... Read More

8 Ways To Develop Confidence In New Situations

Do you enjoy one-on-one networking, however, the thought of walking into room full of people you don't know horrifies you? You're not alone. Yes, even a social butterfly, President of the Social Committee in High School and avid networker knows how you feel. Here are some of my tricks. And... Read More

You Can?t Spell Networking Without Serendipity

"Fear not to entertain strangers for by so doing some have entertained angels unaware."This quotation is from the book of Hebrews, which means it probably has nothing to do with networking.Or does it?Networking is the process of sharing knowledge, helping others, and developing mutually beneficial relationships. Serendipity is the lucky... Read More

What I Do Is Not Who I Am... The Networking Factor

Ah, the personal touch that continues to make a big difference for the better in our lives and the lives of those who have an opportunity to experience a personal touch from us.If networking and effective communication are centered on other people, can we effectively network or communicate without the... Read More

Giving the Gift of Your Name (The Networking Factor)

Although, this is about giving the gift of your name to others, it certainly runs a close second in importance to "Whats' in a name?"What is giving the gift of your name? Giving the gift of your name is when you see someone you haven't seen in a while and... Read More

Which Networking Events Should You Attend?

How does one determine which are the best events to attend based on one's best customer?Customers are not a dime a dozen, especially in today's economy. So it is best to follow the rules mentioned before on how to define your best customer before attending an event. The customer definition... Read More

Follow-Up with Your Contacts

What happens when you meet a potential client at an event and you do not follow up?So now the event is over and you have collected a number of business cards, taken notes on the best prospects, divided the cards into Y(es), N(o), and M(aybe), now what? It is time... Read More

In The News:


Upcoming small-business networking events
News & Observer
Wake County Women Business Owners Networking: Sept. 19, noon; Roper Bookkeeping, 242 Millbrook Road, Raleigh; RSVP at http://bit.ly/1bQj6Rs. Zebulon Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Business Expo: Sept. 25, 3-7 p.m.; Zebulon Middle School, 1000 ...

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Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects
MIT Technology Review
Many people have used them to connect with friends and family in distant parts of the world, to make connections that have advanced their careers in leaps and bounds and to explore and visualize not only their own network of friends but the networks of ...


Getting Connected: Work out a plan for networking
Times Herald-Record
I have to admit that I'm completely flattered by the perception that I "go to everything." The truth is, I was tagged in pictures on Facebook at a handful of consecutive events over a short period of time, and BAM! There you have it. Mr. Ubiquitous ...

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Forbes

Discoverly Is The Social Networking Tool That Makes Work Intros Easier (And ...
Forbes
I'm looking at the Facebook page of a well-known angel investor in Silicon Valley, staring at a little icon silhouette of a person next to his profile picture. It's faded out and grey, meaning he's eluded the networking efforts of the social plug-in I ...


The Intricacies of Networking to Find a Job
Forbes
Lately, there has been a spike in the number of articles that have been written on networking to find a job. While this is not a new concept, the overarching view of networking does bear some fundamental flaws. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans ...


Networking business event is open to women, minorities
Buffalo News
Minority and women business owners are invited to a networking event to learn about project opportunities in the Buffalo area. Buffalo Development Corp. and the Knoer Group will present the Minority & Woman Opportunity Exchange from 9:30 a.m. to noon ...


High Peaks Winery hosts County Chamber networking event
WatertownDailyTimes.com
The vineyard is part of the new St. Lawrence County Wine Trail and hosted the chamber's August networking event this week, “Business, in the Spotlight.” “We spotlight member businesses really to just help get the word out to those in attendance about ...


Professional networking, resume writing key to job search
Plattsburgh Press Republican
Connecting via social media is not the same as networking. It's an excellent and easy way to stay connected after a person is part of your network, but getting out and meeting and speaking with people in person is the only way to develop relationships.


Sydney Morning Herald

Television networking news
Sydney Morning Herald
Alex Dimitriades will head the cast of the new SBS drama The Principal. The four-part drama from the producers of Rake and Jack Irish and the writers of East West 101 is the story of a teacher who becomes a school principal of a multi-ethnic school in ...

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Businessweek

Networking Resources for Far-Flung Entrepreneurs
Businessweek
Networking organizations: Depending on how large your business and your budget are, you could join a structured networking group like Vistage, the Entrepreneurs' Organization, or BNI. Some groups form spontaneously and meet independently.

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