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4 tips to help you when you are intimidated by a large room of people

From an early stage in your career you have to endure a firm of professional torture. The conference, the seminar… the informal networking time…. Despite your protestations, you are repeatedly told that ‘networking’ is an essential skill for any professional, and vital if you are going to increase your profile and get your name out …

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Who currently services your target clients?

I’m going to ask you some potentially tough questions now… 1) have you identified a target list of clients you would love to act for? 2) do you know who acts for them now? 3) do you have a relationship with any key decision makers in those businesses? 4) do you know why you should …

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8 ways to help prospective clients sign up quicker – Part 2

Continued from yesterday: 5. Don’t solve their problems before they buy This one sounds strange, because surely we should be proving our worth before our clients buy? So, helping them to take action and commit to working with us. Actually no, very often if we solve our potential client’s problems before they commit to working …

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Have you ever mapped out your ideal network?

Whenever I run a networking workshop I always ask my delegates to literally map out their ideal network. I find that this exercise really helps delegates focus on WHO they want to meet, and how these people are going to help them achieve their business and career goals. This may sound rather calculating or manipulative. …

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Is LinkedIn a numbers game

I’ve often wondered whether LinkedIn is a numbers game. My networking methodology and philosophy is firmly centred in relationship management. So, surely LinkedIn should be used to deepen and strengthen relationships rather than building up a large number of connections? But I see others talking about how LinkedIn is a numbers game. With nearly 1000 connections on Linkedin,   I …

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Why valuable content helps you gain referrals

I was asked by Sonja Jefferson ofValuable Content to write a guest blog for them on the role of valuable content in gaining referrals for your business. I have reproduced the blog here: As part of the research for ‘The FT Guide To Business Networking’ I spent over thirty hours interviewing international networking experts such as Ivan Misner, as well …

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How to make the RIGHT first impression when working a room?

First impressions are everything. Get it right, and everything becomes easy. Get it wrong and you are pushing water uphill with a sieve. Many people will warble on about you have to be your authentic self when meeting people, and get that right, and you will make the right impression.  They are sort of right… …

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why every networker needs a credibility story (or two)

After training over 200+ professionals in the last 6 months on their networking skills, I noticed that there was a common theme to what people found hard to do when networking. This theme, went something like this: “how do I start and maintain an interesting conversation, whilst not being boring, but use this conversation to …

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