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Have you ever heard from a friend that you have not spoken to in ages and been really pleased to hear their voice? To catch up and hear all of their news? I was speaking to a friend of mine in the UK recently. We were at school together and have therefore been friends for [...]
Whenever I am asked the question, do men make better networkers than women? – I always highlight the differences in communication styles. I don’t believe one gender is better than the other at networking. However, many women incorrectly doubt their networking ability. So let’s explode a few myths. Here are 5 things that contribute to [...]
Recently the CEO of Yahoo – Marissa Mayer declared that her 27,000 employees were no longer allowed to work from home. A Twitter meltdown kicked in to voice a variety of opinions on teleworkers. Even Richard Branson blogged his opinion – in stark contrast to Marissa Mayer’s. “Many employees who work from home are extremely diligent, get [...]
Sometimes, particularly in small business, it can seem you are doing a great deal for not much return, that is, of the hard cash kind. It can be easy to get fed up, resentful and lose enthusiasm, which in turn puts potential customers and clients off, starting that downward spiral. Once you realise there are [...]
Networking is all about building relationships and there is a strong social component. However, at some point it also has to make financial sense for it to be worth continuing with.
How can you turn relationships established via networking into referrals?
If you have been in a personal relationship, you will know that things don’t always go according to plan. The same applies to your business relationships. When you meet somebody at a networking event or an informal function and you think there may be potential for you to work together, it is a good idea [...]
One of my favourite quotes is: “Impact Lags Cause.” I read it ages ago and I am not sure where it came from but it is so relevant in today’s tight economy. Retailers are continually complaining about not wanting to compete with online shopping. But we all know it is here to stay and will [...]
In order to build great relationships that build your business, you really need to know the answer to these questions – and you need to be careful not to make assumptions… What does communication mean to you? What does communication mean to your employees? Are you talking their language? What does communication mean to your [...]
Recently I was speaking to an Honours student from a local university. He was talking to me about his thesis on social media. I thought he described it brilliantly when he said social media is really about having a conversation – but we use our words over different mediums. He then went on to describe [...]
Are you receiving or ignoring the gifts you are given every day? How did you react the last time someone gave you a compliment? In your business, how open are you to receiving compliments? And how open are you to receiving opportunities?