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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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Walking the walk and not just talking the talk
Successful networkers build their reputation at the same time as building relationships. Networking, both online and offline, is a great way of building your reputation by sharing your expertise. Your advocates can then make connections for you when the right opportunity presents itself.

I get many offers from people interested in speaking at NRG business networking events. I explain that we concentrate on Practical Business and Personal Development in the Seminars at our Networking Events and that priority is given to NRG members when choosing presenters. They are not Sales Pitches and by educating and informing other members and guests the speakers build their own reputation and help others achieve their own goals. This enhances the overall networking experience and strengthens the relationships being built.

Many of the offers recently have been from 'Social Media Experts'. I always speak to people I trust about prospective speakers. I also google them to check out their online presence and contribution. In one or two instances even these 'social media experts' have only had a limited presence online. Can you really speak authoritatively about Social Media with a handful of followers on Twitter and even fewer updates?

Much of your reputation comes from what you do rather than what you say. Make sure you are doing the things that match and enhance the message you are giving to your network. If you are referred to someone then that person will probably speak to others and check you out online too.

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 9:01:00, 11 Aug 09
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Who do your potential clients listen to?
According to the survey I wrote about in my column for the National Networker, Reasons for Networking, most people are Networking for more business.

If networking isn't generating the results you want it could be for a whole number of reasons. One reason could be that you are spending time with people with no access to your market and no real understanding of what you do. The likelihood is that many of the people you meet may not have access to your target market or anyone with influence in your target market. It's worth taking some time identifying other suppliers to the people you deal with. Maybe ask some of your clients who they take advice from.

You can then start to go about your networking strategically and ensure your word of mouth is getting to the right people with the right message. This includes joining the networking groups where others work in similar markets to you and building that network of advocates to spread positive word of mouth in the right ears.

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 15:42:00, 10 Aug 09
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No problem selling once you find the right person?
In a One2One meeting last week the management consultant I was with said "I have no problem with selling once I get in front of the right person". In the last few years that is probably a sentence I have heard more often than any other. In fact I recorded a podcast on the subject, 'Your target market – Who is your right person?'. Have a listen here:

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 8:02:00, 07 Aug 09
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Facebook proved faster than the Police!
One of my wife's sisters is visiting the UK from the US currently. On Sunday her friends & family back home were trying to contact her urgently as her husband was in hospital after being in a bad car accident. He was the only person with her phone number and was in no state to be able to give it to anyone.

About 7 in the evening UK time my daughter spotted something had happened on her cousin's facebook status. One of my Sister-in-Law's neighbours had also sent me a direct message after finding me amongst her Facebook contacts. I phoned my Sister-in-Law who was then able to phone another neighbour back home to get the full picture.

A few hours later the local UK police knocked at her parents house with a message that she needed to get in contact with people back in the US. The information travelled by Facebook much quicker than it took the police. The Police performance was still pretty impressive too given the limited information they had to work on - surname + town.

Is this relevant to how useful Social Networks & Social Media can be for you?

I think it's a powerful illustration of a revolution in communications. How many important conversations are you missing if you are not online?

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 9:02:00, 06 Aug 09
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Where to find the people you don't know yet
Yesterday I wrote about identifying the people already in your network. The next step in networking is building on that network so that you surround yourself with the right people for you and your business. You can then do the things to ensure that you build that network to produce the right results for you and your business.

Listen to this podcast for more on the subject:

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 9:02:00, 05 Aug 09
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How to get started with this networking stuff
I was chatting with someone last week who had just started her own leadership development consultancy. She had recently left corporate life and invested in a franchise business. We spoke about the importance of networking and how to get started. She explained that she had begun by contacting all of the people she already knew.

I congratulated her on doing this because many people that I meet forget about the people they already know and concentrate all their efforts on meeting new ones. In this podcast, 'How to start building your network', I talk about how to identify the people already in your network. Listen here:

I don't suppose there are people who know, like and trust you that you haven't been in contact with for some time!

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 9:02:00, 04 Aug 09
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Does networking work for your sort of business?
Last week I was asked by an Independent Professional if people with her type of business got business through networking. Her belief was that if it worked for them then all she had to do was work out how they went about it and adopt a similar approach.

I pointed to a few similar consultants and explained how they went about their networking. If you are wondering how it all works then spend some time researching where business people like you network successfully. That will give you some pointers to the networks you should join. You may well find that they will help get you started by sharing their experiences and mentoring you.

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 9:02:00, 03 Aug 09
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Saving time with organised networking
"Why would anyone join a group just for networking? said a Corporate HR Director to me last week. I explained that, as a business owner, meeting with people regularly who have a shared commitment to building business relationships is highly efficient. In this podcast I share an example of how networking in a group saved me about 3 years in business development time:


In 'Networking saves time and money' I wrote about how networking can save you money as well as time!

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Business Networking Blog > Posted by Dave Clarke at 8:00:00, 31 Jul 09
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