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Done right, networking builds trust, an important element for success in business

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

Why strategic alliances will help your business boom

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

How to turn your social chit chat into business chat.

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

A great place to make surprising and lasting connections

Being a member of Thrive has opened up several business opportunities and helped me to expand my network of professional contacts, many of whom have become friends. I’ve been impressed by how several aspects of Thrive has helped change and shape my business.

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Tours tastings and talks, not just your Grandad’s beer.

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

Make networking an art . . . not an accident.

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

How to publish blog posts and articles on LinkedIn Pulse

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

Are you beating the feast or famine cycle?

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

It’s not about networking, it’s about making opportunities happen

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

Make ‘real’ connections

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

Go to networking events regularly and build relationships

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

Connections count

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

Thrive Face Of The Fortnight – Steve Jenkins, SJD

Leaving the safety of graphic design agencies to set up on his own was a big gamble for north Norfolk creative Steve Jenkins. But he’s held true to his vision, and says the world of self-employment is exciting and fulfilling. 

Thrive: Pitch us your business, Steve. Read more

What Is a “Professional Network?”

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

Spotlight on … David Woodward – Thrive Face Of The Fortnight

Thrive Face Of The Fortnight: David Woodward, Tas Valley Fire

Thirty years of fighting fires in the Norfolk brigade didn’t leave fire officer David Woodward wanting a nice, long sit down. Instead, he rejected retirement to fulfil his ambition of being his own boss – with great success. Read more

Something Christmassy to think about

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

It not how big it is that matters!

One of the biggest myths in business is that you must have a large network if you want to succeed.  The reality is that the size of your network is not what’s important.  It’s the influence of the people within your network that counts.
So stop wasting your time swapping business cards at networking events.  Many of the people attending these events are there to sell to you, not to buy from you. They walk into a room, hand out business cards and boom – they score? I don’t think so! Have you ever bought from them?
 
But let’s be realistic, how do you go about networking without driving yourself crazy?  The fact is you don’t have to run yourself into the ground shaking hands and attending social events. The art of networking is much more subtle than that, choose carefully who you network with and look at their circles of influence. Think of networking as a way of life and a two-way thing, rather than something you don’t like and don’t want to do. Networking is about being able to work together in such a way as to build trusting relationships and lasting friendships. It’s the ability to maintain valuable links and connections with people and to enjoy each other’s companionship along the way.
 
If your network has 1000’s of people but you don’t know them well, it will have a commercial value of close to zero.  If your network has just 20 people but they are motivated and have a real circle of influence within their connections, it will have a massive commercial value to you.
 
Thrive networkers in Norfolk and Suffolk have discovered that size doesn’t matter but the best way to network is to get connected is to the right people!
Lorna Burroughes
Thrive developing connections for growth


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