Do This and You’re 40 Times More Likely to Receive Opportunities Through LinkedIn

100% complete LinkedIn Profile

Did you know that 1 in 3 professionals on the planet are on LinkedIn? Are you one of them? If so, then here’s a tip you don’t want to miss: “LinkedIn users with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn”. Wow!  That’s a HUGE increase in business opportunities! The reason…

A New Year, A New Kind of Networking

A New Year, A New Kind of Networking 2015

The new year is all about fresh starts, clean slates, and all that jazz. Some folks scrunch up their faces when you mention New Year’s resolutions, but I think it’s a wonderful time to set your intentions for the upcoming year.  I prefer to call it goal setting and business planning, but that’s just semantics…

Don’t Network Like My Neighbor’s Newfoundland

Newfoundland dog

I “met” my neighbor’s Newfoundland, Teddy, today while walking. There’s nothing like taking a leisurely afternoon stroll down the street – and then being chased by a growling, barking 200-plus pound dog. Even though I’m a dog lover, I’m still a bit leery of being charged by large animals, so I simply continued to walk…

3 Ways to Make the Most of an Event or Conference

3 Ways to Make the Most of an Event or Conference

Conference and event season is underway! When you attend an event or conference, you are investing your time, your energy and your money.  How do you ensure that you get a great return on that investment?  Here are 3 simple ways that you can guarantee your event experience is positive, productive and profitable. 1.  Get…

Are You Too Busy to Follow Up?

Are You Too  Busy to Follow Up- FB

Let’s see if this sounds familiar. . . You attend lots of mixers, meetings, coffees and conferences. You collect tons of business cards and connect with hundreds, even thousands of people online. But what do you have to show for it? You’re “busy”, but not “busy” in a good way – with clients and customers…

Business Networking: Use the Buddy System

Use the Buddy System FB

Does walking into a room full of people at an event, conference or networking meeting feel intimidating or uncomfortable to you? You are NOT alone! (Confession time – it scares my stilettos off sometimes, too!) Nobody said that you have to network on your own.  In fact, isn’t it more in line with what networking…

How NOT to be a LinkedIn Loser

Don't Be A LinkedIn Loser

  There’s a common ”online oops” that many of us are guilty of — and it’s making us “LinkedIn Losers.” The other day, I received a typical request to connect via LinkedIn – with the all-too-familiar template invitation of: “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.So-and-So has indicated you are a…

Business Networking Groups: Clear the Clutter of Your Memberships

Clear the Clutter of Your Memberships

Your professional memberships, group participation and online activities in forums and programs can provide you with support, education and opportunities to meet potential clients and partners.  They can also become overwhelming, draining, time and money wasters if you aren’t careful!   You need to be selective and strategic – not only will this save you money…

Avoid the Big, Fat, Follow Up Fail

Avoid the Follow Up Fail

  We all fall down on our follow-up from time to time.  We’re human.  It happens. However, I’m calling “Foul!” on the “Big, Fat, Follow-Up Fail” that happens when people lose sight of what follow up is all about. A couple of weeks ago I received a call from a “nice chap” with a lovely…

Business Networking Blunders: Revenue Before Relationships

Business Networking Blunders: Revenue Before Relationships

Have you ever met someone at a networking event, meeting or conference that seemed to look at you with dollar signs in their eyes? Yeah, me too.  And I don’t like it.  In fact, it irritates me — on several levels. First, it’s the fact that they are perpetuating the “bad reputation” that networking sometimes…