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Will you be my friend?

With the summer holidays almost over and the children ready to go back to school, it’s time to turn our attention back to business.  The first day back at school children look to catch up with their old friends, share their holiday stories and look to make some new school friends.  Now we’re all grown-up is it the same for us?  How do we, as business people do this? The answer – network! Read more

Success comes from building real relationships and having meaningful conversations

Conversation is an art and like any art some people are more practised in this than others but whatever your skills, this can be developed further through practice and have the art of meaningful conversation become a good habit.  Read more

Thrive Spotlight – Sandra Flanagan, director of Maynard Training and Consulting

It was just last year that Sandra Flanagan left her role as deputy CEO of mental health charity Norwich MIND to set up her own consultancy. Her mission is to teach companies how taking care of their employees wellbeing has huge benefits to the business as a whole. It’s been a big leap of faith but Sandra is now working across the country with all kinds of different professionals. Here she tells us about striking out on her own, how Thrive keeps her sane and her passion for fashion. Read more

How do you meet with people who want you to succeed?

I am on a mission to get people thinking about networking differently. Why? Because many people totally write off networking as not for them, they see it as a pushy sales technique that they’d rather have no part in. This could be true of some networking, I often hear that I the phrase “I don’t need to network” or “I tried — once and hated the experience, it wasn’t for me”. Read more

Do you know what networking is?

You can’t be successful at networking if you don’t understand what it is. Surprisingly, many people have the wrong idea about it. Before you can begin, you should have a clear idea of what networking is not.
 
Networking is not about being pushy or aggressive.

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The value of trust is non-negotiable?

Just 18% of Britons trust politicians to tell the truth compared to 21% trusting journalists and bankers and 24% who trust estate agents*. Public trust in these people and organisations have been badly shaken and ordinary people feel that they are being made to bear the costs of their follies.

Network with the aim of helping other people, not yourself.

People enjoy doing business with those that they know, trust and like. The only way to build that trust is to connect with others in a helpful way. True trust takes a time to build and nurture. Once you’ve developed a relationship and created a tie or connection, then you can move on to asking for help.
What does this mean in practice?

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