What To Do at a Meeting to Make the Most of The Networking Opportunities

Networking meetings can feel like a waste of time if you don’t have a good strategy. If you are going to take the time and effort to go to a meeting, you want to maximize the benefits. Here are three easy ideas to help you make the most of the networking at the event. Go with the mindset to meet and talk with several people. If you are spending your time and perhaps your money to go to a networking meeting, you might as well get some good benefits from it. Don’t aim to talk with every person in the … {Continue Reading… }

Easy Steps Before a Networking Event

When you invest your time and energy to go to a live event or a networking group meeting, you want to make the most of it. One of the best things you can do is to take a few minutes to prepare for the event before you go. Here are some suggestions to help you get ready for your next networking opportunity. Find out some of the details about the group and the event. What is the structure of the meeting? Is there a speaker? Is there an opportunity for each person to say a few words of introduction? Sometimes … {Continue Reading… }

Refresh your goals

Springtime is a great time to take a fresh look at your goals.  There is fresh energy all around and I hope you are feeling some of this energy too.  One of the smartest things you can do is to make use of the things that are already happening in your environment and this is a perfect example of that.  You can use this natural springtime feeling of new growth and energy to help you achieve succes in your personal and professional life.  Here are a great way to do that: 1.  Take a fresh look at your goals for … {Continue Reading… }

Take a Class or Workshop

A great way to grow your business is to take a class or workshop  to increase your skills.   Learning can spark your energy, broaden your perspective, and help you move forward to new levels of business success.  You have many options for learning…you can attend a class in a regular classroom setting, or you can learn in a variety of other formats.  Your professional association can be a good source for workshops and classes.  The association meetings themselves often include an educational component, whether it is at a local meeting, or at a regional or international conference.   Chambers of Commerce are another … {Continue Reading… }

Mastermind with Business Colleagues

An excellent technique for growing your business is to find one or more business colleagues to mastermind with.  Choose people that you like and trust.  This is important so you can be open and talk about your business and your goals and your challenges. Choose a regular time to mastermind together, perhaps once a week or every two weeks.  You can meet in person or by telephone.  Be sure each person has the same amount of  time to talk about their goals and to get ideas and support for moving forward. Believe in each others’ goals the ability to achieve them.  … {Continue Reading… }

Nourish Yourself With Inspiration

One of the most important things you can do to help your business grow is a somewhat indirect action. And that is to keep your heart and soul nourished with inspiration…. Inspiration to keep taking action to move your business forward every day. Inspiration to try again when the first attempt didn’t work out quite as well as you had hoped. Inspiration to persist in the face of difficulties and even failures that are an inevitable part of running a business. Inspiration to dream bigger and to take action on those dreams even when you are not yet sure how … {Continue Reading… }

Speak to Groups to Increase Your Visibility

Another great way to grow your business is to speak for groups. You can often get this marketing strategy started in your local area. Many business and professional groups need a speaker at every meeting. You can be that speaker! Whatever your area of knowledge or expertise, there are groups that would enjoy hearing about it. Even if you speak on a topic that doesn’t seem like a business topic, many groups like to offer a variety of programs. To find groups to speak for, start with the groups you belong to, or that you know about. You can also … {Continue Reading… }

Reach Out To A Business Colleague To Ask for, or To Offer Help or Support

One of the challenges of running a small business can be a bit of isolation. This is especially true if you work from home. When challenges or just a low moment happens, it can really help to reach out to ask for help or support. Or to offer help and support if you know that a colleague is experiencing a tough time. A smart strategy is to develop relationships with a few business friends that you can call when you need that extra word of encouragement or a caring ear to listen. And of course it is good to return … {Continue Reading… }

Grow Your Business Now–Find a Business Buddy

As we continue our series about great techniques to grow your business, I’d like to encourage you to use the technique of finding a business buddy.  Let me explain what I mean.  A business buddy is another business person who wants to grow their business too.  The basic idea is to plan ways to work together to grow their business as well as yours.  One easy way to do this is to set up an accountability check-in process.  This can be a quick phone call during which each of you states what your top actions or priorities are for the day.  … {Continue Reading… }