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Networking Cultures

We all live in a culture driven world. We act a certain way in our lives depending on when and where we are. When on the job we listen to our boss and to the customers. When at a party we are more carefree with whom we communicate. Just like in the situations just mentioned, we act in a certain kind of way when we network. 

If you are just starting out to start the process, there are a few ideas you should think about. 

Stop, Look and Listen……

Sometimes we are in such a rush we forget about the little things that are happening all around us. Little clues about things not going right that might need your attention. 

Money isn't the only motivator for people. Sometimes the thank you you give is worth more than the raise at the end of the year to keep someone happy. Maybe you notice someone needing an extra hand because they thought they could accomplish a certain project alone. You might step in to help out a bit, not to completely take over the project.

Time management?

Are you a busy person and find yourself saying yes to everything people ask you to do? Maybe you just show up to work & dive into it without forward a few hours and then wonder why you are always behind? Then again maybe you get distracted from your main goals to work on someone else’s project. Whatever the case, your lack of control of your time is hurting you. Here are the facts-1. There are only so many hours in a week. 2. People will always ask for your help and you will always have your own list of things you have to do.

Online business tools

We always need a little extra help when it comes to business needs. A lot of times, we simply don’t have the money in order to employ the professionals. If you take your time, you will find exactly what you are looking for. I use Google for much of the work we do at Network Today. With a simple search, you can find ways that may help you do things better. If it is accounting, marketing or even human resources- you can find tools that will allow you to work more efficiently.

2 for 1 deal

Ok-So, you have joined more than one group hoping to get big sales & build your personal mega network. The question most members have is how do you give solid referrals to each group? If you are working both ends of the room at the same time-How do you figure in an even exchange of business? Some members would say you can’t & you are shutting out members. Others would say you are making sure the right person gets the sale or job. It is a slippery slope no matter how you look at it.

Starting over

In our lives we go through “Resets” …..moments in time that have us starting over. Everything from finishing school to starting a new career-it can appear to be a never-ending cycle. Each beginning starts off the same. We are introduced to new people & a new set of career details. New leaders are introduced to help guide us on our way & provide team objectives that need to be met. In other words, it’s like starting at square one.

Integrity: Doing the right thing, BECAUSE it is the right thing to do.

In business, we always hear “No offense, it’s just business”. We see people doing things to get ahead & to feed their own egos.  We see the blame game & we see drama. What we don’t see, alot of the time, are the good things in business. For example, the “behind the scene” person that does things to silently promote or make things better but never receives any credit. The funny thing is, we all know there is someone who does this, but we don’t always know who they are.

I hired myself!

What does that mean? Well, I think about it like this. When you are looking for work, you are actively building your promo kit. This includes your resume, cover letters, references, putting together a wardrobe, getting your social media fully up-to-date and maybe even a website to fully advertise “You”. You are also setting up meetings, going to networking events & even joining a network group or two. You’ve put yourself out there & you need to….and not just when you are looking for a job.

Are you a solid member?

This is an excellent question as there many groups that seem to have a lot of great members simply because they are popular. But what about the exchange of referrals? Is it happening & is it a fair exchange? What is it that you bring to the table or in this case, the networking group? As a member of any networking group, you are always on the look out for people you can refer business to. In order to be effective, you need to remember not to keep all your eggs in one basket. In other words-spread the wealth.

“Give and Take” A Book by Adam Grant

The business world is comprised of "Givers and Takers." Each one leading to a certain outcome. Adam Grant's book describes what these people look like in a company setting. He gets us to think about who we are and who surrounds us. The book gets you to think about what you can do to be more of who you are and what you could become. To be a better business person it is wise to know how people perceive you. In this way getting things to happen becomes easier. Over all the book takes you through all these ideas and more.

In-Kind Work

Donating your time to a worthy cause is always a good thing. The amount you do and for whom you do it, will determine if you made a good choice or not. Some people say yes to everything but don't produce much of anything. In some cases, they spread themselves so thin nothing they do makes any impact on the business or charity they are working with. Others will say yes so they can say they are a part of an organization but really do nothing. Once in awhile you will find the diamond in the rough as they say. That one person that does what they say they are going to do.

Crystal Clear Communication

Success is based on proper communication with people that listen and then act.

You are the head of your team or company, You are focused on a new idea. Before you can explain it, you need to write it down and review it. Next you need to begin to communicate the idea to another human being. The key to success here is if they will listen to you, or if they just yes you to death. 

Having Fun In All Aspects of Your Life

Have you ever heard the expression “All work and no play makes Joe a dull boy?” It means sometimes too much time is spent on the job. Our lives are more than 9 to 5, they are family, friends, hopes and dreams. You have to ask yourself about what is most important and how you are going to get there. Nothing worth having comes over night, so a plan that gives you balance is really important. When I was in school and doing my homework, my teachers would tell me that if I catch myself reading the same page more than once I should take a break.

What Is Your Business Reach?

That is the question! You have a great business and you do a great job at it. However you don’t have enough business to keep it going. Why is that? One thing could be over saturation for the kind of service you offer. Just too many predators feeding from the same watering hole. 

Another idea is “You are the best kept secret in town!” No one knows you're there and no one is really talking about you. If this is the case your lack of planning in advertising could be putting you out of business. 

Keep Your Friends Close But Your Enemies Closer

Maybe you have just started a new business or have been in business awhile. Why did you start your business? Was it because you thought you had a niche idea no one else had? Was it you thought you could do a better job? Did you look at the market and think there is no competitors to worry about? Maybe you thought after looking at the market you had the new and improved widget that would rock the world. What ever the reason the key thing was you started your business.

Your Words In Action!

By David L. Kurtz
Like anyone in business you have an outline of things you need to do everyday. Your focus is on sales and productivity. You need to measure your results so you know what you need to do next. Likely you know all this, but did you know that successful business people who you work with and underneath you have their plans as well. Your list will not only help you, but give additional direction for others you work with on the road to success.

Someone Yelled Fire! Why Are You Just Standing There?

By David L. Kurtz
Business is war. There really is no other way to say it. Everyone is trying to be the best seller on the newsstand. They want to stand out and be seen and the first to sell. We all get it! But why do people go out of their way to put down their competition? It is a cheap way to get ahead but it is short lived. Normally it becomes a tit for tat and a battle of pride. The point is to avoid shooting others down as you never know how it will come back to you.

Get Seen and Get Employed!

By David L. Kurtz
You have found yourself out of work and having a hard time finding the right job. Many people get depressed and tend to give up. Even when you make an effort to check all the want ads and career sites you seem to feel that you won’t ever find employment. You know jobs are out there but settling is not your idea of getting ahead. Here's a couple of thoughts  on this subject.