The 10 Commandments of Business Networking

The 10 Commandments of Business Networking

A friend of mine, Melinda Potcher, adapted some of my material and created the 10 Commandments of Business Networking. She did a great job, and I thought I’d share it with everyone here on my blog.   1. Thou Shalt Not Sell To Me. If we’re trying to help one another get more business, you tell me your target market, I tell you my target […]

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OMG, I’m an Introvert!?

OMG, I’m an Introvert!?

OK, if you don’t know what “OMG” means, ask a teenager (that’s how I learned what it meant).  Now let’s talk about the introvert thing. My wife and I were having a relaxing dinner one night recently.  We were sitting around the kitchen table talking when I made some off-handed comment about being an extrovert (it fit into the context of the conversation).  She looked over at me […]

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Read the Paper, with Referral Intent . . .

Read the Paper, with Referral Intent . . .

  Most people read the newspaper to gain insight into local and world events and news–and that’s all.  I’m suggesting that you try reading the paper a little differently–to look for opportunities for referrals. Pick up your local newspaper and scan the front page. Turn to the local section, then the business news, and then the lifestyle section. The paper is teeming with opportunities for […]

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Become a Networking Mentor

Become a Networking Mentor

As I was playing chess during my lunch hour yesterday and mercilessly dominating the game (Norm, BNI’s CEO, who I was playing against might possibly tell a different story but don’t believe him . . . after all, this is my blog), I was struck by the thought of how valuable of an experience it was when I coached my son’s school chess club a few years back. […]

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Find an Accountability Partner

Find an Accountability Partner

Last night at dinner, I asked my son the dreaded question . . . “So, Trey, how’s that homework coming?”  Needless to say, I received the typical, teenage, roll-of-the-eyes response and the standard “I was going to finish it after dinner” answer. Even if you don’t have kids, at one time you were a kid so I’m sure just about everybody can identify with this […]

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Networking is a Verb Not a Noun

Networking is a Verb Not a Noun

Today, I have a guest blog written by my good friend Frank DeRaffele.  Frank is a BNI Director and radio talk show host for the Entrepreneurial Excellence Radio Show. Networking is a Verb Not a Noun.  What does that mean?  A verb, as described, by our 4th grade teachers, is an action word. A noun is an object or thing. That means that in order to […]

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Welcome to International Networking Week

Welcome to International Networking Week

Welcome to the third annual International Networking Week (Feb 2-6). Now, more than ever, we need to ignore the doom-and-gloom headlines and focus on what we can do to promote our own business growth. International Networking Week is about celebrating the key role that networking plays in the development and success of business around the world. It’s about creating an awareness of the process of networking.  Not […]

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