Question: You've just attended a networking event and now hold in your hand a bunch of business cards. Is it okay for you to simply add them to your mailing list or subscribe them to your newsletter? Answer: Only with express PERMISSION from your contact. This is one of my all time worst, "want-to-throw-a-tantrum-whenever-it-happens" personal [...]
You've attended a business mixer, trade show or other type of networking event. You've exchanged cards with numerous folks and even had a few good conversations as well. Now what? Do you file their card on your desk somewhere — meaning to give them a call sometime? (ah, yes, the "good intentions" pile . . [...]
You've decided to attend a local networking event and confidently enter the room, register and . . . suddenly feel rather overwhelmed at the prospect of having to start a conversation with all these people that you don't know. Add to that the fact that most people are already engaged in conversation in groups of [...]
One of the "dilemmas" of business networking is how to end a conversation in a polite, yet effective way. Nobody wants to appear rude or insensitive, but let's face it — we often find ourselves "stuck" in a conversation without a clear exit strategy. So, how do we end a conversation gracefully? It's all in [...]
I am often asked by my clients and workshop attendees, "How many networking groups should I belong to?" My answer often surprises them: As few as possible. Yes, you saw that correctly — as FEW as possible.