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What One Thing Makes A Great Networker?

Whу is it that wе are соmfоrtаblе starting a conversation with a соnvеnіеnсе ѕtоrе cashier, a stranger, but whеn it comes tо approaching and tаlkіng tо a ѕtrаngеr at a networking funсtіоn, we seize up?
Tаlkіng tо ѕtrаngеrs as we gо аbоut our daily business doesn’t ѕееm tо be a major рrоblеm for us, but when іt соmеѕ tо formal nеtwоrkіng wе have difficulty dealing with the fear and uncertainty of the process.
You would think that It’ѕ thе ѕаmе thing, wouldn’t you?
Well, it is sort оf…
Fіrѕtly, wе’rе nоt trying to іmрrеѕѕ the реrѕоn that we’re chatting with аt the local convenience ѕtоrе, BUT we mау bе trуіng tо іmрrеѕѕ that рrоѕресt аt а nеtwоrkіng funсtіоn because we feel that they have a greater importance to us.
Whеn wе’rе at a business networking funсtіоn, wе’rе trуіng tо ѕtаrt building thаt very іmроrtаnt buѕіnеѕѕ relationship thаt соuld ultіmаtеlу lead tо a ѕаlе.
Whether you аrе seasoned business owner or ѕоmеоnе juѕt starting out, buѕіnеѕѕ networking IS the kеу to уоur success.
Some реорlе might say that it’s “whо уоu know”, thаt’ѕ important аt a networking function. Others would say that іt’ѕ “whо knоwѕ уоu”, thаt’ѕ іmроrtаnt. I would say that it’s a bit of both… and yоu want to mаkе ѕurе that рlеntу of the people that you know, also knоw whо уоu аrе and whаt уоu рrоvіdе.
Sо whаt’ѕ thе key tо being a ѕuссеѕѕful nеtwоrkеr?
Well, іt’ѕ not really rocket ѕсіеnсе…
All уоu hаvе to do іѕ lіѕtеn and ask really good questions about them.
Pеорlе lіkе tо tаlk about thеmѕеlvеѕ аnd if you саn learn to listen, аnd ask really grеаt open-еndеd questions using the six sentinels for great conversations the whо, why, what, where, when and how, then уоu саn bеcome a grеаt networker.
Sо, become a bеttеr lіѕtеnеr аnd you’ll bесоmе a better nеtwоrkеr.
Happy networking!
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There Is Always A Way.

Despite all the current challenges that exist in the world today, for those who are passionate and determine there is always a way.

In business just as in life, the most adaptable will not only survive, but thrive and succeed in any environment despite what may be going on around them, physically, emotionally or financially.

The three most powerful pillars of success in ANY business, no matter what the size are:

  1. A robust and adaptable system.

Having been someone who rebelled against any system that came my way, I successfully generator the whole heap of failure pain and disappointment that I could ever hope to achieve.

And when I was truly successful, I discovered that a robust and adaptable system underpinned that success with a solid foundation.

If you haven’t got a system or a good system… then I passionately recommended that you take the time and develop a process that will support and leverage your future success.

  1. Transferable education.

I never truly understood what transferable education actually meant, until I found myself in a job that tapped into a wide variety of skills that I had learnt throughout my life.

I was amazed to realise that’s my public speaking skills, my ability to write, being passionate about customer service and genuinely wanting people to succeed were transferable skills that allowed me to create significant success in my chosen profession.

  1. Accountability (Watch this space for a future article)

Accountability is a very interesting and misunderstood concept.

I highly recommend that you find and digest the definition of accountability, but please understand that accountability is not just about your own accountability to yourself (even though this can be the most challenging), but being accountable to your friends, to your family, your staff, but most importantly to your clients.

Please remember though…

No business is a business without people, and the most important things that help people develop and maintain great relationships that are adaptable… well…

Just add… smiles, hugs and coffee… LOL

Thanks for reading.

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Let’s Create A Better Attitude

I have said it before, that my real hope for the future is that people actually stop… and start to think before opening their mouths or posting stuff without thinking about the source or checking the facts…

Thanks to a media that no longer takes any social, moral or ethical consideration for what they write… people have become more narrow minded, bigoted, racist and fearful…

Here are some simple truths… ones that DO need to be considered…

Not ALL black folks are criminals…

Not ALL white people are racist…

Not ALL police are bad…

Not ALL opinions… no matter the source are the truth…

Ignorance and fear comes in ALL colours and styles…

Please REMEMBER… one persons truth is almost always another persons opinion…

Courage, respect, willingness to learn and share and thoughtful consideration… will ALWAYS create a better world that the one we are currently seeing…

Blessings…

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Right Focus… Better Result.

In business and personally we seem to constantly be focusing on all the wrong things… money, power, success… and it’s all supposed to lead to happiness.

What follows is an old Buddhist parable (which was sent to me recently by a close friend as a very gentle reminder), that could be of some interest to you because happiness actually comes from within, and if you start to become truly happy, the normal trappings of success that we seem to be constantly chasing start to eventuate far more easily and effortlessly than we thought.

Enjoy…

“Long ago, when the earth and all living creatures were being created, a meeting was called of the council of the Gods. They wanted to make the One Thing available to all Human beings, but they were concerned that it might be misused. So they decided to hide it, where only those people who could value its power could find it.

Where to hide the One Thing was the question. “Let’s bury it deep in the earth,” said one God. But another answered, “No, that will not do, because humans will eventually create huge machines to dig into the earth and find it.”

Another God said, “Let’s sink it in the deepest ocean.” But then came the objection, “No, not there, for they will learn to dive into the ocean in big metal fishes, and will find it.” Then someone said, “Let’s take it to the top of the highest mountain and hide it there.” But once again another replied, “No, that will not do either, because they will eventually climb every mountain and put the One Thing to improper use.” Then they all gave up in despondency. “We do not know where to hide it, because it seems that there is no place on earth or in the sea that human beings will not eventually reach.”

The King of all the Gods thought for a long time and then said, “Here is what we will do. We will hide the One Thing deep in the center of their own being, for humans will never think to look for it there.”

They all agreed that this was the perfect hiding place, and the deed was done. Since that time, humans have been going up and down the earth, digging, diving, climbing, and exploring, searching for power and riches and resources, when all the time the greatest treasure is already within themselves.”

Remember, we are not business people… we are people in business and every journey that we undertake starts from within.

 

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