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
The more successful networkers, the people who use networking to build their business, are very used to spotting the people who only turn up when they want something. Most people hate selling and I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being sold to, just hearing someone’s hard pitch, their words often make me mentally switch off. I think that hard selling is now old fashioned, we’re subconsciously aware of these selling methods and marketing has come round full circle, it’s about building relationships rather than about ‘selling to’ and for me I think that all hard selling does is hack potential clients and customers off and send them rapidly on their way to someone else who doesn’t do it. I like to buy, the way I want to buy, when I wish to buy.
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
There are plenty of people who turn up to networking events believing that their very presence will unlock doors and help them build important connections. At Thrive, we passionately believe that face-to-face connections are vital and that forging personal relationships at networking events is the key to building a strong business network. But simply arriving and shaking hands is not enough to make networking work most effectively for you – you need that all-important strategy. 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
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
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.
When networking the aim is to achieve results that positively influence your business, yes, the primary reason you’re networking is to get referrals, but you also gain access to professionals in almost every type of business and to do this you need to have set some overall goals for your networking activities, which will undoubtedly open new doors and different pathways for you. Read more
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