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 [...]
Have you ever NOT wanted to or NOT had time to attend a business networking function, but forced yourself to go — at least for a little while? Sure you have. After all, you're busy. You don't have time to waste standing around networking events, making chit-chat with a bunch of people who only want [...]
It's Springtime and the business conference season is in full swing! Conferences are a great venue for networking — in fact, participants usually list networking as one of their top reasons for attending these types of events. If you have a conference, seminar or workshop on your schedule, then you'll want to make the most [...]
Time is money. We've all heard the phrase, right? But do we really take that into consideration when we analyze our business networking practices? It's easy to simply "attend" networking events without ever giving any thought to the ROI — Return On Investment. In fact, the majority of "networkers" simply show up at functions out [...]
There's a great commercial for Hulu.com with Alec Baldwin talking about how TV will rot your brain. "That's absurd," he says, "TV only softens your brain like a ripe banana. To take it all the way, we’ve created Hulu. Giving you more of the cerebral gelatinizing shows you want anytime, anywhere." Going to networking functions, [...]
Sometimes I cringe when I attend a meeting and the organizer says, "Ok, everyone, now we'll go around the room and give our 30-second introductions." (or 60-second commercial or elevator speech) Then, the slew of mundane, often lifeless introductions ensues. No one is paying attention — partly because they are thinking about what they will [...]
You describe yourself as shy. Did you know that nearly 80% of Americans also describe themselves as shy? And yet, we all know that networking is good for our business and our personal life. What's a shy person to do?
I don't get any business from the Chamber of Commerce. I never find clients at networking events. I quit my networking group because I never got referrals. Do any of these sound familiar? I hear them all the time from people I meet while I'm, ironically, networking. My take has always been something that my [...]