We live in a digital age and those talented people working on the cutting edge of technology are leading the way. In our Thrive community, we often talk about how to use technology to help us work smarter, build our profile online and find innovative ways to speed up our systems and processes. Read more
I happened to overhear what I think is some of the best advice I’ve heard about making your way in the business world. “No one is going to plan or manage your networking for you, so you need to”. Read more
Going to your first networking meeting can seem daunting. But there are a few simple tricks to putting you at ease for your first Thrive foray.
1.Get happy Read more
Most people will tell you they attend a professional event to network, yet most people don’t know how to do it effectively.
So here’s my top tips on how to survive. Read more
It’s my belief that the most successful people are the usually the best connected, this isn’t because they have the best contacts or are known more people but they instinctively know how to build develop and nurture their connections. Read more
Beat the Brexit uncertainty – form your own strategic alliance!
The impact of Brexit has sent shockwaves through the business world, and it’s no wonder people are panicking about the uncertainty ahead. However, the most successful businesses are those who are resilient in the face of uncertainty and harness it to creative, innovative change within their enterprise. A shifting environment is nothing news, and plenty of us have navigated change in a positive way. The most crucial element of this is to look where opportunities are to develop and move forward. Read more
Networking is just another sales tool used to accomplish your business goals and the people who effectively use networking in a positive way seem to always enjoy the greatest return. Read more
People can sometimes lose sight of the fact that networking is the means and not the end of their business-building and marketing activities. They desperately attend as many networking events as they can, frantically trying to pitch for new business. Read more
Socialising is all part of networking, but networking is more extensive than this. The purpose of networking is to create connections between different people with different needs, so how do you turn the socialising and get to the point of having a deeper conversation with someone in the first place? Networking is a skill, like any others, which means that it needs to be practiced on a regular basis. Read more
Last year Cheryl Cade gave up her day job to embark on a business built around her true passion – beer! Now she and her husband Mark run The Thirst Consultants, a company committed to celebrating beer and elevating its reputation. Here Cheryl tells us about turning her hobby into a living, and how networking is key to making her business a success! Read more
Social media changes get irritating but you need to export your contacts out of LinkedIn from time to time
All social media changes constantly, the platform I currently like best for B2B is LinkedIn, but you have to keep on top of all their changes. Read more
Today there are all types of opportunities to meet people and strengthen business connections, but it’s only with time and patience that these relationships will thrive and flourish, but naturally like anything good, this takes some effort. Read more
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network and it’s a great way to increase brand awareness, to reach, nurture and acquire professional customers on and off the LinkedIn platform and ultimately drive leads to get in touch with you. It’s really easy and can be a great way to: Read more
Business may be great at the moment, and if it is I’m pleased for you. A couple of months ago I spoke with someone who was struggling with his time – quite simply he had so much business that he couldn’t prioritise his networking and yes you guessed it, when I met him last week he’s coming to the end of this and he now needs to look for work. Read more
Do you have you a networking strategy? There’s more to networking than ‘turning up’!
From identifying who you want to connect with, to knowing where to find them, there are some essential questions you should answer in order to create a networking plan that will work for you. Read more
Getting out of the office and making connections face-to-face is the best way to develop new business relationships – but how do you keep yourself at the forefront of your network’s minds? Read more
The power of networking is undeniable but you could waste valuable time by going to every group but getting zero benefit out of it. Simply collecting thousands of business cards won’t give you the immediate results you might be looking for. We’ve found it’s so much more than that. Read more
How to be brilliant at networking: make real connections
It’s never been easier to engage in networking for your business. These days, it can be as simple as a click to follow on Twitter or a ‘like’ on Facebook. If we take the notion of networking at it’s Wikipedia definition, which describes it as a ‘socio-economic business activity by which groups of like-minded business people recognise, create, or act upon business opportunities’, then perhaps a Google hang out can do the job. Except that’s not been my experience. Read more
Networking events are a complete waste of time unless you are prepared to invest regular time and effort. If you are mostly networking and meeting people once and then you’ll never see them again, this is wasting your time. People don’t usually do business with or refer business to people they just met. Read more
Organic growth is good!
When I went along to my first Thrive meeting I had no idea that, just a few weeks later, I’d be handling the public relations for a music festival.
It all happened so organically, in the way that many Thrive connections do, during the second conversation I had with one of my fellow group members. Read more
Developing relationships with fellow business people is the key to long-term success. Get good at networking and see your business soar. Read more
A “professional network” is actually a group of business people who like each other and are willing to help each other out.
It’s about making connections by building solid relationships, it’s no more difficult than that. Read more
You and I know Christmas is a once a year occurrence, but networking is a year-round endeavour, networking is something that should be done by everyone 365 days a year because networking is how you get ahead and stay ahead in business and in life. Read more
Why do so many feel uncomfortable when networking? Treat networking like a game and remember you, too, have something to offer. The definition of networking is “connecting to build two-way relationships for the long term.” Read more
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