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How do you get people to advocate you?
One question that I get asked by people is how to get regular business from networking relationships. Getting other business people to recommend and advocate you is what networking is all about for many people.

This podcast explains how to set about motivating others in your Inner Network to advocate you.

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 10:21:00, 25 Aug 09
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Who should be in your Inner Network?
At an event last week someone asked me who would be an ideal connection for me? I explained that it would be someone running another network or providing complementary services to large numbers of Service Business Owners and Partners in Professional Firms. He said that gave him a great insight into the people that would be ideal connections for him.

In this podcast I talk about building close relationships with others who provide a complementary service to the same target market as your ‘Inner Network’. This will help your networking to become a regular and reliable source of new business.
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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 10:10:00, 24 Aug 09
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How to answer that awkward question
I wrote yesterday about how to start a conversation at a Networking Event, but what if you are on the receiving end? Someone asks "What do you do?" and all of a sudden it becomes one of the hardest questions you have ever faced.

In this Podcast I explain how you can always answer quickly, confidently and effectively.
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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 9:42:00, 21 Aug 09
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How to start that important conversation
I enjoyed reading a recent article from Andy Lopata - "Do you Come Here Often?" The ten best (and worst) ways to start a networking conversation'.

Andy polled various people in his network for their best and worst conversation starters. "What do you do?" was one of the most popular, but Andy suggests that's the networking equivalent of "Do you come her often?". Read Andy's top ten at the link above.

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 9:37:00, 20 Aug 09
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Are you an authority on your subject?
Yesterday I wrote about finding the time for online networking. One of the real benefits of your online contributions is the way you can use them to add value and demonstrate your real expertise. In 'How you can use Twitter and Facebook to be persuasive' Graham Jones explains the psychology behind this.

As Graham says you can use Twitter and Facebook and all the other social networks to show you are an authority on your subject by publicising:

* Your original content
* Your thoughts on current research
* Your readiness and ability to answer questions
* Your leadership position in associated organisations
* Your connections with other authorities

Read the full article at the link above.

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 9:42:00, 19 Aug 09
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Finding the time for online networking
A number of people I have spoken to recently feel completely overwhelmed by the prospect of keeping up to date online and offline. In 'You only have 12 hours a week' Alan Rae has some useful insights into the types of business that need to do more online.

In my recent Webinar 'How to Effectively Combine Offline & Online Networking ' I spoke about integrating online & offline networking. It's still available to view at that link.

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 9:06:00, 18 Aug 09
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How to build on your existing network
In 'How to get started with this networking stuff' I wrote about the importance of identifying the people you already know when starting with business networking.

In this podcast I talk about how to build on that network so that you surround yourself with the right people for you and your business. How you can do things to ensure that you build that network to produce the right results for you and your business.
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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 9:06:00, 17 Aug 09
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Do you let others see who you know?
In yesterday's post, 'Do you know enough people already?', I talked about getting to know some people really well so that over time they will introduce you regularly to people you don't know.

One of the great features of the online Social and Business networks like Facebook and Linkedin is that you are able to see who else your trusted contacts know and request introductions.

Some people, however, hide their contacts from view. When you build trusted relationships you do that by extending trust a little or more at a time. Allowing your contacts to view your other contacts is one way of extending trust and building important relationships.

It can also be important in an emergency as I wrote recently in 'Facebook proved faster than the Police!'.

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 9:00:00, 14 Aug 09
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Do you know enough people already?
I was involved in a conversation about a networking group with a couple of accountancy professionals recently. One said "I used to go, but stopped as there were not enough new people each time". The other said "I find it better when it's the same people because as I get to know them more they introduce me to all the people I need". Two completely opposite opinions from people in similar businesses about the same group!

I think it's a balance and will depend on how long you have been building your network and the type of business you run. If you have an extensive network most of your networking time will be spent with them. If you are just starting out you will need to meet more new people as you build your network.

It is always worth asking yourself once in a while. How well do I really know the people I meet regularly?

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 12:48:00, 13 Aug 09
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Can you explain what you do so others can pass it on?
Many providers of business to business and professional services find it hard to explain their expertise in simple terms. In 'Dominating your niche through Business Networking' I wrote about how Chris Bose did just that.

Chris explained in simple terms the relationship between complex Power Laws and Internet Traffic. He did it so well that others are able to pass on his message and his expertise. I overheard a conversation during a London NRG-networks lunch yesterday where someone was explaining Chris' ideas to someone else struggling with generating enquiries from their website. This was someone who had attended one of Chris' Seminars at NRG a year ago!

If you can find a way that others can pass on your message, no matter how complex, in simple terms it's a real help to those that want to advocate you. Those that have got to know, like and trust you.

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 9:06:00, 12 Aug 09
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