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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What does credible really mean for a professional advisor?

I’ve been hearing the word credible and credibility banded about recently. But, what does credible mean for an accountant, lawyer or consultant?  and have been reflecting on what it actually means for a professional adviser – and how you can personally build it. But, before I go any further, in my opinion being credible and …

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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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Formal networking groups are not for me… Or should they be?

If you want to build up a client portfolio from SMEs or private clients then one of the channels to market you need to seriously explore are formal networking groups. But, BNI (or insert name of any formal business breakfast networking group) is not for me I hear you wail…. it’s too structured for me. …

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referral networks

Working the room, again?

There are many articles out there on how to grow your business via face-to-face and on-line networking. However, there are not many articles that go into the nitty-gritty of how you ‘work a room’ at a face-to-face networking event. Let’s face it, face-to-face networking can be very daunting. There are many simple ways that you …

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LinkedIn: What to do with all these connection requests?

4 tips to get more from LinkedIn I’ve often heard variations of: I’m on LinkedIn and I keep getting lots of connection requests I’m on LinkedIn and I’m not really sure what to do next. I’m on LinkedIn and people I don’t know want to connect with me If you’ve also wondered this, keep reading. …

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4 ways to look stupid on LinkedIn

I was asked to endorse someone on LinkedIn yesterday. Nothing unusual in that. However, I’d never worked with them, in any capacity, never known anyone who had worked with them. I’d only exchanged one or two tweets…. I also vaguely remember my suggestion, some time ago, to help strengthen his LinkedIn profile was not well …

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Don’t forget to check your appearance before you go out – both physically and virtually

In all honesty, I’m not quite sure how many seconds it takes for someone to form an often lasting first impression of you. All I know is the answer is not very many. Most people when they go out networking are used to checking their appearance before they leave. Well, if you are like me …

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