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Six Strategies to Make Your Connections Count

Your First Impression Counts

Your First Impression Counts

You only have the first seven seconds to make your first impression with a potential client of JV partner.   I do believe that with a small window of time you will receive full attention to what will align with their goals and expectation.

“Any communication or marketing professional needs cross-cultural research and communication skills to be able to succeed in the future.”  Unknown

 Your First Impression Counts

Watch what your body language says about you while listening and networking with others.

  • Have a smile which communicates an openness to a conversation, you are approachable, and that you are trustworthy.
  • Be sure to keep consistent eye contact so the other person fells respected and understood.
  • Remember to nod during conversations to show that you are listening to what the other person is saying.
  • Always stand tall to appear that you are confident in talking to your possible clients.
  • A clear voice tone will also show that you are confident in your conversation.

Networking with Like-Minded People

  • Effective business networking is to connect with like-minded business professionals, in which we build a trust through relationships where we can see a need to support each other.
  • Networking in a business community can be through Meet-Up Groups, Business Associations, BNI, eWomen Network, Seminars, Lectures, Public Meetings, Breakfast Networking Clubs, Hospitality Events, Conventions, and local Chambers of Commerce.

Be Authentic and a Memorable Communicator

  • Have the ability to be present and respond more effectively.
  • Be able to adjust your content and deliver your presentations to suit particular audience styles.

Set Yourself Apart

  • Zero in on prospective clients by offering sound advice and guidance to those in need.
  • Get to know your customers to build your relationship based on their business needs.
  • Touch base with your past customers and offer them a loyalty discount.

Give and Receive Great Business Referrals

  • Give referrals to get referrals is the basis for business networking.
  • Keep your client’s best interest in mind.
  • Give at least three recommendations in any situation.

Use Networking Events to Build Your Business

  • Know the purpose of your networking event and save the date.
  • Be consistent and attend your weekly and monthly network events.

Resources:

Making Great First Impressions with Networking 101 

http://www.samdiener.com/2009/08/making-great-first-impressions-networking-101/

Five Pointers on Giving Referrals 

http://businessnetworking.com/5-pointers-on-giving-referrals/

Steps to Expand Your Business Network

http://blog.youraceassistant.com/category/business-networking/

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Experience, Knowledge and Talent

Experience, Knowledge and Talent

Steps to Expand Your Business Network

“Networking is marketing.  Marketing yourself, marketing your uniqueness, marketing what you stand for.” ~Christine Comaford-Lynch

Effective business networking is connect with like-minded business professionals, in which we build a trust through relationships where we can see a need to support each other.

Life of an entrepreneur can sometimes be lonely, so expand your circle with your ideal clients.

Networking in a business community can be through Meet-Up Groups, Business Associations, BNI, eWomen Network, Seminars, Lectures, Public Meetings, Breakfast Networking Clubs, Hospitality Events, Conventions, and local Chambers of Commerce.

Supercharge the way you build business relationships.

Consider these ten essential principles:

  1. An elevator speech – Describe yourself.
  2. Be different – Differentiate yourself.
  3. Help others – Find out how to support others.
  4. Personal integrity – Trust, integrity, and reputation are vital for networking
  5. Relevant targeting – Seek relevant groups and connections
  6. Plans and aims – Plan your networking.  Strategically play what you want.
  7. Follow-up – Follow up with your meeting referrals do make things happen.
  8. Be positive – Your positive influence will reflect on everything you do.
  9. Sustained focused effort – Be focused on networking with others.
  10. Life balance – Focus on being balanced and grounded, which builds assurance

There is no magic formula to networking.  Just a positive attitude about building relationship’s and a willingness to learn from others.  Developing business relationships can improve your life and your career, and your goals.

After your daily, weekly, or monthly networking be sure to create networking categories.

Your database

List your contacts.  Think about listing their name, birthday, their business name, business contact information, when you contacted them on their social media platforms, and your follow-up responses.

Your Network Circle

This can be a simple, quick list of your business contacts of your clients and possible clients, with their business needs and follow-up action items.

Your Inner Circle

This can be a small group of people you trust who can give you direct feedback about your career and ideas to advance your business.  I found out that a survey from surveymonkey.com can also give you an honest thoughts about your business.

Your Family

The obvious group of people who like you and will be most judgmental of your business. Be sure to include them in your business and they will be happy to help you.

Resources:

Top 10 Business Networking Groups You Should Join, a B2C. 

http://www.business2community.com/strategy/top-10-business-networking-groups-you-should-join-0385283

Business Survival Tips

http://www.letip.com/inside-letip/1037-sign-up-now-for-free-business-survival-tips.html

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