Maybe you lost a big contract. Perhaps you’ve been pounding the pavement and still no new clients. Maybe one of your big clients has pulled the plug on your assignments. Don’t give up. Something better is bound to be around the corner. You have to keep networking and marketing your business even if you have no idea where your next dollar is coming from. You definitely won’t get any business if you stop promoting yourself and start worrying.
David C. Skul, the CEO of Relativity, has some great tips for making your social networking experience a positive one. Social networking can be one of the most powerful tools in your business tool chest if you follow these simple rules.
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Many people hear a speaker say, “Networking is a great way to get new clients.” They rush and join sites such as LinkedIn and twitter and then just sit there. They don’t add any new contacts, they don’t reach out to people from their past, they just sit there. Then after a few weeks they say, “That speaker was a load of crap. Networking doesn’t work.” I’ve got news for you. Networking is an active thing! It only works if you work it regularly. By “work it” I mean you have to be in touch with your network at all times. Let them know what you’re working on in your status updates. Offer to help with what they are working on.
I must apologize for getting off schedule. I haven’t been feeling well the last few days. I’m feeling better now. Here’s an interesting article I found about Networking. I hope you enjoy it.
Funny Networking Poem and Do’s and Don’ts
By Sheryl Nicholson
Networking Do’s and Don’ts
I always enjoy speaking at networking events. I get there an hour early to set up everything for my presentation and then I stand in the back of the room and watch people enter.
Since I decided to stop doing automatic direct messages, I had to come up with another way to give my followers the free twitter guide I’ve been promising. So what I decided to do was to place the guide on this blog. That way I can just tweet the link to the blog. This guide is the same exact guide that I read when I first joined Twitter. It helped me. I hope you get something out of it too. Good luck to you and Happy Tweeting! Just click on the link below to get your free twitter guide. No opt in is needed.
Networking Blog Post April 21 2009 Today’s post is an audio file. Enjoy.
Most social networking sites allow you to send an invite like this.
Dear Joe Bloe,
I’d like to add you to my LinkedIn network.
Don’t use it! It is a big turn off to most people. It is really impersonal. It’s a lot better to send a personal email. Also send a reminder of how you know the person you’re trying to connect with. That will make a better first impression than sending a canned invite.
This was recorded during International Networking Week. The basic idea of this podcast is that networking is not a one time event. You should always be engaging with your network so they don’t forget about you.
Since today is my day to write about Networking, I thought it would be fitting to mention that next week from Feb 2nd-Feb 6th is International Networking Week. Basically this is something that was started by BNI to raise the awareness of networking. I’m trying to figure out something neat to do for people in my network next week to say thanks for their help. What are you planning to do for your network next week? I’m interested in your comments.
I got a little behind on my blogging this week so I decided to combine blog posts. I’m combining the networking and goal setting post into one post this week, so here goes.
Do you have any networking goals set for this year? If you don’t why not? You won’t know if your social networking is succeeding if you don’t have any way to measure what you’re doing. If you don’t have any specific goals related to networking for 2009 set some now. Also, don’t wait until the end of the year to evaluate where you are with your networking. Ideally you should evaluate your progress at least every 3 months. This will give you time to adjust things that aren’t working for you.