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
If you’ve had a bright idea that needs protecting, Michael Flynn is your man. A specialist in intellectual property, Michael helps creative types navigate the complicated process of safeguarding their ideas, and helps inventors and brands owners on the tricky journey to market. However, this niche area of law isn’t Michael’s only passion – he’s also got a vintage VW campervan hire company and has an impressive collection of guitars. Read more
Growing a ‘thriving’ business requires you branching out to find new contacts, including partners to collaborate with, along with clients and customers to sell to. We all at times need a little help and guidance opening specific doors, with networking key to making this possible. Networking should not be sly and devious, treated as an unscrupulous strategy that takes advantage of others’ talents, rather, we should embrace networking as a creative skill of relationship-building and treat it as the precious resource which it is. Read more
As small business owners, we all know that spending money on advertising and marketing activities can be seen as a small drop in a large pond and even then not making very big ripples. Last week at our Thrive meeting we were given some real good hints and tips on marketing and we were surprisingly told by Nial Adams of Make Marketing Work, that every business owner or manager needs to understand how marketing really works and preferably do it for themselves! Read more
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
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
Welcome to the first issue of Thrive’s quarterly newsletter, featuring a regular spotlight on members with a story to tell, a top tip from a networking expert, and our suggestions for getting the very best from your networking experience.
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy “why” you do it”.
Your “why” drives the passion and purpose in your heart and in your business.
Get out from behind your desk and add a few networking appointments to your calendar. Embrace quality and be selective about who you bring into the group and if you expect the best from your fellow referral partners, you’ll get the best.
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
It’s a common chorus we hear in the business world; networking is the key to success, building relationships is crucial, it’s not what you know, but who you know. Read more
Do not keep your objectives and networking missions to yourself.
By letting everyone know about you and your plans, you create a support system with sound advice for growth and development. Share your ideas and plans with your colleagues, your trusted networking group, friends and family. Read more
Are you still cold calling or worse waiting for the phone to ring?
There are issues or areas to think about, when deciding which group to attend, or join. These will vary from person to person and business to business. However, there are a few common areas to consider before you start and certainly before you commit and invest your time and money. Read more
Thrive – developing connections for growth
If you want to keep up to date with networking hints and tips or would like to find out more about how to make business connections and networking in Norwich and Norfolk, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring us on 01603 597727