Networking Not Working? Here’s Why

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“Networking” is one of those business words that prompts a visceral reaction. My unscientific survey (of people met in my networking workshops) says that the majority of people dislike networking. If you want networking to work for you, make sure your process includes these three actions… Continue reading

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Networking Tip: Making it Easy to Stay in Touch

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Networking success comes when you actually make a great contact, and they tell you to “stay in touch.” What does “stay in touch” really mean? More importantly, how do you do it? Use these five simple steps to stay in touch like a pro and deepen the relationships in your network. Continue reading

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Networking Tips for Introverts

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Networking is an important skill for every professional, especially introverts. But how can introverts be great at networking? Follow these five simple steps. You will feel more comfortable and make it easier to achieve your goals. (And, these tips work for extroverts too.) Here are a few simple ways… Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient for Networking Success

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You can compare professional networking to many things, but it may be most like my chocolate chip cookie recipe. In both cases, you follow a simple step-by-step formula and then you add the secret ingredient. Follow it and you’ll feel better about your networking (and be more successful too). Continue reading

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Making Strong Networking Contacts Using Weak Ties

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Who is more likely to refer business to you: a casual acquaintance or a close friend? The friend, right? Actually, no. Studies show that people with whom you have “weak ties” are more likely to refer you others and help you make connections. Learn how to get more referrals and connections from casual acquaintances by using these simple techniques. Continue reading

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Marketing Lessons from Disney’s Finding Nemo

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Disney has a new movie coming out called “Finding Nemo.” Oh, you’ve already heard of it? That’s probably because Finding Nemo won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003 and for several years was the best-selling DVD of all time. So how is it new? Disney is repackaging and re-releasing the film in 3D later this year. And, that’s a great example for all marketers. You can create great content by recycling, repackaging and reinventing assets you already have. Here’s how: Continue reading

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How to Bring Up Business Opportunities in Casual Conversations

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It’s one of the most awkward sensations in the world. You’re having a “personal” meeting and want to talk business, but you’re not sure how to get the conversation started. Or you’re having a business conversation and want to discuss a new opportunity. What is the right transition from “So, how are the kids” to “Have you heard about this great service?” Read on for tips on what to say and how to say it to make a smooth transition. Continue reading

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Two Secrets to Building Better Business Relationships

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Building relationships is essential to almost everything you do. But what is the best way to do it? Do you have to have perfect solutions, perfect marketing or perfect sales techniques? The simple answer is, ‘no.’ Read on for two easy ways to build better business relationships and feel more comfortable doing it. Continue reading

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Business Networking Tips: A Simple Plan for Success

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Whether you love networking or loathe networking, it is easy to fill overwhelmed when you think of all the things you could be doing. The good news is that networking doesn’t have to be complicated. You can use a very simple plan to help you build relationships, attract clients or land your next job. Here is a simple, 5 step plan: Continue reading

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Five Ways to Sell Your Ideas Without Feeling Pushy

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To succeed, you must desensitize yourself to the following four-letter word: “sell.” An aversion to a word and its many derivatives (sales, selling, salesperson) costs you time, relationships, and professional advancement. And that’s why learning to sell your ideas, yourself and your company is one of the most important skills you can ever learn. Here are a few ways to sell without feeling pushy. Continue reading

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