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Business Development Time Savers: Have a networking strategy – part 3

Probably the biggest waste of time I see lawyers, accountants and consultants do with their business development, is network without a clear purpose or strategy. It isn’t helped by many firms asking their people to sub in for another person at the drop of a hat. Having a personal networking strategy that you can use …

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Networking for the newly qualified- creating your networking goals

You’ve probably heard lots of talk in your firm about networking and “getting out there”. But what does that mean in reality?  You’re not expected to win your own work (yet!) but you do need to be seen as someone who is building a network of people around them.  But how to do this when …

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How can I go from networking to ‘show me the money’?

I spend several days most months working with professionals, such as lawyers, accountants and consultants, helping them improve their business networking skills. Very often I am asked by delegates on my workshops, how to go from networking to ‘show me the money’, i.e. how to win business from my networking activities. Firstly, before we even …

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What should go in your relationship plan?

I was working with a new client last week on a keeping in touch strategy for him, his team members and his existing clients and referrers. As we talked through his current networking practices – which he did very well – it became apparent that with a little more structure he could increase the effectiveness …

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Networking without a strategy? Does it matter?

When I first started my own business, I knew that the best way to win business was via networking. So, I joined my local CIPD committee (my professional body and supposedly the best way to meet HR or L&D managers with a budget – but that’s another story!) and signed up to a fortnightly, one …

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How to win clients via networking without having to network

One of the many benefits of having two business coaches within our company is that occasionally we swap clients. (With the client’s full permission). We have found that sometimes it’s useful for our clients to hear (very often the same thing) it from a different person, who has a different slant on the problem. Anyway, …

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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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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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How do I generate leads from my personal network?

Networking. It makes more professionals shudder in the beginning. How to network effectively forms the basis of plenty of articles on the How To Make Partner website.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could generate business with people you already know and get on with?  Well, you can. In fact, your firm may be expecting …

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