Build a trusted business community
15Nov

Any relationship in life is important, relationships are just as important in business as in your personal life.  Relationship building from a business position can help you in many many ways.

Within the Thrive Community it’s vital to know, like and trust but importantly understand the people you are meeting with, this makes it much easier to approach them, no matter the issue or reason. At Thrive we feel that you need to regularly meet and communicate with your trusted community, these are the like-minded people who can give you the push you need to meet and surpass your business goals.

  • Sharing information what’s new in the marketplace or what’s happening in your local area
  • Sharing of information and advice
  • Sharing leads
  • Investing and instigating new breaks
  • Word-of-mouth marketing
  • Uncovering new opportunities
  • Finding potential new collaborative partners, coworkers, and employees to grow your business
  • Relationships create new relationships and business relationships can turn into good friendships
  • Manage your reputation
  • Avoids isolation
  • Stimulates your mind
  • Add value to your offer
  • Helps you retain current customers
  • Feel like you are part of something genuine
  • Grow your brand – be seen
  • Receive coaching and mentoring
  • Build your own trusted community 

Be willing to reciprocate. Remember that there is a give and a take in all relationships. If you aren’t willing to be there for someone who has been (or even who would be) there for you, that person will be less likely to help you out if you need it.

It’s not all about the benefits. Don’t get so focused on the end goal that you forget that it’s possible you won’t benefit from the relationship.

Finally, be genuine, treat others as you’d want to be treated, and welcome conversations, feedback and new ideas. You’ll make new friends and maybe even get new customers in the process!

Lorna Burroughes – together we mean business

enquiries@thrive.buzz

www.thrive.buzz

Thrive group event
08Jul

Continuing professional development and thrive

Thrive and CPD (continuing professional development). 

This is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive.

CPD is ongoing work-related learning, which enables staff to keep their technical skills, business skills, and industry knowledge up to date. The process is driven by the employee rather than the employer and involves:

  • Assessing learning needs
  • Carrying out a range of CPD activities
  • Reflecting on and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience gained

Anyone who is a member of a professional body is likely to have CPD requirements laid out for them by the body, rather than by their employer.

Anyone who works within a sector that is formally regulated (e.g. by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or Financial Conduct Authority), is likely to be required to track and progress their CPD in order to maintain their license to practice or professional qualifications.

This is our understanding of some examples of CPD activities you can undertake with Thrive and examples of the types of evidence you could keep (for example in your portfolio).

CPD activity; Group meetings outside of everyday practice (e.g. to discuss a specific event or new way of working) 

Suggested evidence to retain; Evidence of participation and role including signed letters, notes, observations and outcomes. 

You will need to provide your CPD record showing: 

  1. your learning and development needs 
  2. the activities you have undertaken 
  3. whether the activity was structured or unstructured 
  4. the time you have recorded against each activity 
  5. a reflection of the outcomes achieved against each activity.

Thrive – together we mean business

www.thrive.buzz

If you’d like to visit one of our groups please get in touch with us on 01603 672712 or enquiries@thrive.buzz

10Jan

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Thrive business networking collaborations and working together
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Why business networking collaborations can really pay off

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Use networking to combat loneliness

Self-employed business owners urged to use networking to combat loneliness

A worrying rise in the link between self-employment and mental health issues has led the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to urge isolated workers to try networking. (more…)

Summer’s a great time to grow your network, and the ideal time to build up your contacts.
23Jul

It all starts with a conversation

Summer’s a great time to grow your network, you’re getting tons of auto-reply holiday messages and voicemail greetings that promise a return call when your contact is back in the office … after the holidays or no reply at all! (more…)