None of us ever has an original idea. Everything we know and think of ultimately comes from what we see, what we read, and what we hear. So what better way is there to get new ideas than to go out and engage with more people, more sources of information?
We all need partners—but we don’t all know what it takes to create a lasting partnership. The key is building relationships. When you build a powerful partnership based on a relationship, you will look for ways to make it win-win for all partners—otherwise, it will never last!
Professional conventions and conferences are a good platform to get trained, interact with people, and learn new ways of conducting businesses. Managers can greatly benefit by attending professional conventions and conferences.
Small businesses around the world say that "word of mouth" is the most effective marketing tool out there. A study by Infusionsoft tells us that 62 percent cited it as their best marketing tactic—almost two times as effective as email, which was ranked as number two at 34 percent.
The art of starting a conversation is one that we rarely make a conscious effort to improve upon. It's one of those skills that most people just get good at through constant repetition, or end up being one of those folks who always need a good wing-man (or woman) to make new introductions and get conversations flowing.
Because of my passion for networking—doing it, talking about it, teaching it, coaching it—I have lots of opportunities to chat with various people about how they view this important professional skill and how they go about growing their networks.
Online networking has become a focal point for small businesses, but don't be so quick to discount the importance of good-old-fashioned handshakes, conversation, and business cards.
A lot of the time, extroverts are writing networking tips for fellow extroverts. But what is the other half of the population supposed to do? With the right approach and strategy, introverts can take advantage of networking opportunities, too.
Meeting a new client can be very intimidating. It's easy to get caught up with everything you want to accomplish or even go off...
With each passing year, the number of brands competing to seize the consumers’ attention is growing. And the task has never been harder. As the...