It’s not often that I am in a meeting where the other people in the room spontaneously start crying. But then the sit down I had with Ally, the newest member of the Thrive team, and his Shaw Trust mentor Matt Graves was no ordinary meeting. Read more
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
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
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
Have you heard this? “I don’t need to network”. What you’re really saying is that you will never be in need of the help of others.
Networking is just a fancy word for relationship building, in which business people and entrepreneurs meet, so what you’re basically saying that you are happy to live enclosed within the group you’ve created, you know all you need to know and have put up barriers to stop anyone else entering in. We rely on our networks to advise us and keep us on track, and we give back to our networks in return, the better your network the more knowledge you can tap into. Read more
Building a tight-knit network helps get you and your products or services get noticed by the right people in the right place, but keeping your network informed is just as important as having great people in that network, if not more important. 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
By Rhian Morgan
Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)
Succeeding in business is all about making connections, as one of the world’s top entrepreneurs, Richard Branson, once said. Rhian Morgan talks to Lorna Burroughes, director of networking group Thrive, about why we need to network, how golf can help with business, and her top tips on making networking central to your business success. 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
Trust is the fundamental basis of any relationship, building relationships with people you can trust is essential in business. People do business with those they know and trust, but how you can build that trust without face-to-face interaction. It’s not an overstatement to say that relationships are everything, the people we spend time with largely determine the opportunities that are available to us. Read more
We are passionate about the benefits of face-to-face networking, but there’s no denying that technology has opened up a whole new way of connecting. In the UK, 17 million people use Linked In, the social network of choice for business people. With that sort of reach and potential, it’s a great way to support your other networking efforts. Here are some tips on how to be a Linked In networking master. Read more
The Forum is a leading small business support group dedicated to helping business owners focus on growth and profitability. 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!
Caroline Billings – solicitor, Hatch Brenner.
Forget what you know about aloof legal eagles in a stuffy suits, Caroline Billings is a solicitor on a mission to bring the human touch to this serious business. That’s why she’s found Thrive to be the perfect place to reach out to other professional people, and ensure she’s giving her clients an even better service.
Take the opportunity to discuss new strategies & initiatives, stay informed with things going on in other industries
Join us for the Thrive lunchtime networking event on Friday 30th January – Hethel Engineering Centre – 2:30pm start. Read more
The way of networking is changing – we have to change and to modernise, but do not discount the face-to-face method, as nothing can supersede in-person networking, it is this that creates a fundamental personal relationship. Read more
Many people seem to think that networking for their business is all about meeting lots of people. Do you seriously believe that barely getting to know loads of different people will mysteriously produce sales? Read more
Networking provides you with a great source of contacts and connections which often helps opens the door to talk to highly influential people that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to easily talk to or even connect with. Read more
We believe that the art of networking should be where you can exchange resources, contacts, ideas, information, leads, strategies, receive peer to peer support and eventually advocated referrals – all things that help your business succeed.
In a business networking group, apart from the quality of your products and your service, it’s the relationships you create in your networking group which is important. Read more
Don’t waste your time going to networking functions unless you are willing to work at building solid professional relationships.
If you are not networking for the long haul, stay at home.
Networking that will grow your business, attract long-lasting business associates and develop a solid referral base is about building relationships built on trust and respect.