Yes, you guessed it. The phone. Picking up the phone to have a conversation is nothing new. People have been doing it for quite some time and, turns out, it still works! Email and social media platforms are great, but hearing someone's voice adds character to a conversation.
You can't win as an entrepreneur working alone. You need to have business relationships with team members, investors, customers, and a myriad of other support people. That doesn't mean you have to be a social butterfly to succeed, or introverts need not apply.
Defining what you do is way more difficult than doing what you do. Delivering the value to your client is easy—but being able to describe to a complete stranger what you do and how you do it, so that they are sufficiently impressed to want to hire you?
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.
Traveling for work purposes like traveling to conventions and conferences can be quite a hassle, especially when you have to travel without advance notice. Last minute plans of traveling can make you forget essential items in a hurry or can even make you reach the airport late.
Starting a business all on your own can prove to be one of the more difficult occupation paths to take on. Thankfully, new entrepreneurs will find that the more people they add to their team from investors to employees and partners, the easier it is to run a business.
Too many businesses believe that social media networks are simply places they need to put a placeholder in. Like a flag that says, "Look, we exist here too," and then go to some autopilot shout into the abyss mentality. The core idea behind Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ or any of the other networks out there is connection.
Creating a love affair with your customer takes time, patience and empathy. This is a journey that involves new discoveries, exploration and mutual benefit; there will be ups and downs that you, your team and your customers will experience along the way.
When you attend a traditional convention, they will make crucial decisions about the specific agenda, topics to be covered, speakers, venue, etc. This is fine, but it leaves you very little choice. You must find and attend a conference that mostly suits your needs, and it may or may not be in location that has any interest for you.
Every business is always looking for one more customer. However, a new customer isn't always the best answer to growing your business. Your existing customers are every bit as important to improving your growth and profitability.