Business networking for woman – the right way

Business networking for woman – the right way

When I started my own business in Tokyo 10 years ago, everyone told me I should start networking. I knew no-one in the city, so it made sense. However my impression of networking was that it was slimy experience with people pushing their business cards into your hand and attempting to close you on the spot with what ever they were selling. Sadly, the first networking event I went to in that city was pretty much as I described above! I wanted to run for the hills and just wish that my new clients would find me by magic. Once I got over my shock, I decided to do some research into networking. I figured it was a skill that I needed to learn about, just as I learnt Presentation Skills, or even how to drive. 10 years on, a new city and hundreds, if not thousands of networking events later, 70% of my business is derived from networking. Even writing that, I feel somewhat shocked that this is the case when I can still feel that unease I felt all those years ago. Networking is a great way not only to build your business but also to meet like-minded people, establish new collaborative partnerships and even make new friends. I want you to enjoy networking, because no matter how long you have been in business, or even if you are thinking of crossing over to start up, it is an essential activity. Irrespective of the business you gain from it, the social connection and support is critical. I would love to share with you my simple formula to...
Is Your Business Networking a Waste of Time?

Is Your Business Networking a Waste of Time?

http://www.corporatecrossovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Free_Tele_Call_Apr13.mp3 We are told time and time again that networking is essential for our business. And that if we don’t do it we won’t generate new prospects and strategic alliances. Yet, how often do we take the time to review the amount of time and money we spend on this activity? It can be so easy to keep doing something because we think we should, and not take the time to review our return on investment, or consider if we could do things differently to get a better result. On this action packed, practical call you will: Realise the true cost of networking to your business (and it’s not what you think) Create a strategic approach to networking by getting back to basics Learn an effective and easy three step model to maximise your networking efforts Feel that networking is easy and enjoyable when you change your approach by one little tweak Ten years ago, when I first moved to Tokyo and was setting up my coaching business, I knew no one. Networking was the obvious way to build my business Except I hated networking. Whilst I worked in London, I had been to a couple of events and I found them boring and if I’m honest, I didn’t feel like I belonged and I couldn’t see the point of it.  So the thought of networking in Tokyo filled me with dread. But, I was keen to make the business a success, so I went to my first ever Chamber of Commerce event. I hated every minute of it. I met men who would sidle up to me, look...
Thrive! TV Tip ~ Is your networking an expensive waste of time?

Thrive! TV Tip ~ Is your networking an expensive waste of time?

  Many of you attend networking events. The more the better, right? [new_line] We are told that networking is the best way to get new customers, referrals for our business and we will have so much success! [new_line] Yes, that is all true but many women I know only do half networking. That is, they turn up to the meeting, have a lovely time, meet really great people, and talk about their business in an engaging way and bang that’s all. The then leave, and don’t do anything until the next month.[new_line] If that’s your approach, frankly, stay at home – don’t bother going out. [new_line] To make networking really work for you and your business you MUST follow up. Send the people you met an email, a linked in invitation – something to have an electronic connection. And then, if you felt an inclination, arrange to have a coffee – face-to-face or virtual, so you can continue the conversation. [new_line] It is only after the initial meeting that ideas and opportunities will flow, and that is when your networking will start to transform your business! [new_line] Your Action: Take your calendar, and find your next networking event. The day after the event, schedule an hour for networking follow up. This will mean that you actually have the time to make those connections and put some life into your network! [new_line] Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight into your in box? Simply click on the button below, we’ll send you the latest tip each week! Sign me up for weekly Thrive!...
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