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Social Capital

Build Social Capital by Networking

Social capital, otherwise known as the value behind your social contacts, can be an extremely important resource in both business and life.  If you take as much care in raising and investing your social capital as you do your financial capital, you will experience benefits that can greatly enrich your life as well as multiply your material returns many times over. Investing in your networking is one of the best investments you can make to secure future success for yourself and others with whom you network. Below, I share my 4 step process to build your social capital, the international currency of networking.

Social Capital

This is acquired through networking because successful networking is all about building and maintaining solid, professional relationships. The trouble is we don’t have the natural community-like business relationships that existed before. Many business owners hardly know their neighbors, let alone the local businesspeople in town. Therefore, networking is critical to an individual’s success in business.

Effectively developing your networking can be a daunting task. However, doing so within a structured, organized networking framework will leverage your efforts. You begin building your capital to positively impact your bottom line.

Here are some keys to creating social capital

  • Give your clients a personal call
  • Call all the people who have referred business to you
  • List 50 people to stay in touch with
  • Follow up with everyone

As you invest your time in developing your networking, you are increasing your bottom line. Strive to make the most effective use of this investment. Do everything possible to thoroughly enhance the relationships you develop in the coming year because social capital leads to improved financial capital.

Watch the video and then take a minute to leave a comment below. I would love to hear your story about how investing in your social capital significantly paid off for you.

More Business Through Networking

Want More Business Through Networking?

In this classic video, I explain a proven way to get more business through networking.  I also discuss the results from a survey I conducted.

Everyone wants to be successful in or at something in their life. Success is determined largely by hard work, but also by good choices. Everyone feels like they deserve better at some point. Get over it. The most successful people plan their work and work their plan. They put serious effort into making good choices and carrying them through. Therefore, if you spend more time doing one thing, you will get more business through networking.

The Secret to Getting More Business through Networking

I’ve been asked time and time again by people all over the world what I consider to be the secret to getting more business.  I can, without a doubt, say that there is, indeed, one thing you can do to get more business from your networking efforts.  However, do you know what it is?  The answer may surprise you . . .

Watch the video and then take a minute to leave a comment if you have the time . . . I’d love to hear what some of your guesses were in regard to what the “secret” to getting more business through networking was going to be.  Chances are, some of the guesses you came up with are pretty good networking tactics as well and it would be great to get a conversation going about them!

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How to Network in the New Normal

With so many businesses and entrepreneurs quickly transitioning from face-to-face interactions to digital, networking has completely changed. Instead of meeting people at in-person events or venues, entrepreneurs are now needing to adapt to digital networking. You can continue to grow your social circle despite the current climate when you learn how to network in the new normal. You and your business can continue to network effectively in the new normal by adapting to digital networking

Please enjoy watching this pre-recorded video when I was taking on questions from the Entrepreneur.com audience to clear the air on a few important topics.

As businesses and entrepreneurs quickly transition from face-to-face interactions to digital, the way we network has completely changed. Instead of meeting people at in-person events or venues, entrepreneurs are now needing to adapt to digital networking.

Online Networking Meetings

The Dos and Don’ts of Online Networking Meetings

The technology that exists today is great.  When I started BNI 35 years ago, we couldn’t do any of this.  We all had to quickly learn how to utilize the net as part of your networking strategy this year. Naturally, there’s a great deal of overlap between face-to-face and online networking. However, networking online works only when you are engaged during your online networking meetings to learn about each other.  Therefore, you need to practice active listening so that you leave your online networking meetings with more ideas on how to refer your networking partners. Now, more than ever, you need your network to work together and support each other by networking online.

Seven Tips for Your Online Networking Meetings

Watch this video to learn how you can make your online networking meetings more successful:

Learn how to utilize the net as part of your networking strategy.

It will still be a while until we can attend face-to-face networking events again. Therefore, we need to attend online networking meetings instead. Online networking meetings will never replace in-person networking, but they work well together. If you remember these tips during your next online networking meeting, you will maintain a powerful personal network that will be even stronger once we return to in-person networking again.

What tips do you have for attending your online networking meetings? I would love to read your suggestions. Please share them in the comments below.

Success Principles Masterclass

The Success Principles Masterclass

Fellow Transformational Leadership Council (TLC) member and friend, Jack Canfield, discusses his book, “The Success Principles Workbook” with me in this video and Jack invites you to join him on his Success Principles Masterclass a live webinar with Jack Canfield on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 12:30 pm Pacific Time.
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Most people need some kind of guidance when reading Jack’s original book, “The Success Principles“. That is why Jack is releasing his “The Success Principles Workbook” this week.
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The Success Principles Workbook

This workbook contains 17 core principles of success. Plus, Jack provides weekly activities with step-by-step instructions, self-discovery exercises, and worksheets to keep you on a path to success.

You’ll discover:

  • The 7 major areas of life where planning will give you the most joy, the greatest prosperity, and the highest impact for good.
  • The one thing that will bring YOU success where others have failed
  • Why believing what you want is critical — and how to create this belief
  • The actual plan you need to follow — with the book as your guide
  • Plus, there are other bonuses, too, which you can read on Jack’s website

 

The workbook activities fall in the exact order you need to do to get the best results. If you take it one step at a time, over a number of weeks, you can fulfill your professional and personal goals, create an exciting new lifestyle, retire early, develop a better network, or achieve your deepest purpose, This indispensable book will provide the clarity and activities you’ve been seeking to give you the future you’ve always wanted. Plus, I have a contribution to the second edition of The Success Principles Workbookstarting on page 356.

This Workbook is an amazing tool to help you get where you want to be. Whether you are looking to increase your confidence, build your business, discover your passion and purpose, or simply get clear on your dreams and goals, anyone who wants to achieve their success principles in life must read this book. 

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Business Relationships

Focusing on Business Relationships

We are in a crazy time right now and we business owners need to be thinking differently than ever before. We need to be focused on two strategies. First, you need a plan to get through this current situation with your business affected by current events. Then, you need to plan on what you are going to do as quickly as possible when society returns to normal. We all have to do something and be proactive to really make a difference by focusing on business relationships.

Watch this video with Frank De Raffele about planning your own strategies to help your business these days.

Transactional versus Relational

People don’t make good decisions based on fear or anger, so don’t succumb to that. In the middle of any kind of serious challenge, it’s hard to see through the fog that surrounds us. Do not get distracted by all the noise, but focus on the solution. Therefore, change your plan from focusing on business transactions to focusing on building business relationships. Use online networking to build meaningful referral sources, referral partners, and strategic alliances.

Are you doing virtual one to ones with people and talking about the various types of referrals that you are looking for. These may be completely different than what you were asking for before due to self-isolation. Be creative and think of ways to stay in business while practicing social distancing. This is a perfect time to reconnect with the people that are already in your network. Go deeper into that relationship and ask them how you can help them. And it’s okay to ask for help from your network for people that you know and have a good relationship with them.

People need their network, more than ever before. You will have a business tomorrow because of the actions you take today. Yeah, a lot of people are going to go out of business, but those with a powerful personal network are not. The people that you have in your BNI network are very supportive and in BNI, we are all willing to share those networks with each other.

Networking Online

Networking Online

Because of the current health situation, a lot of us are working from home. Even if you cannot go to your usual places to network face-to-face with others at mixers, meetings, or social events, you can still take action and build up your networking online.

Earlier this week, I shared some tips for working from home. Please watch this video to learn a few things you can do right now to maintain a powerful personal network online:

Networking Online

Take a few minutes daily to reach out to a few people each day in your network and schedule an appointment to talk to them later in the week. There are many ways to connect with others, even if not face to face. The easiest way is to pick up the phone and actually have a conversation with them. If both you and that person are comfortable with setting up a video call, I recommend connecting with them at a scheduled time on Zoom, Teams, or some other platform. Not only chat about each other’s businesses but ask how they are doing personally. Find out if there are ways you can help them. Finally, it is ok to also ask them for help. We all could use a friend these days.

Now is the time to build up your online networking with your fellow BNI® members using our newest platform: BNI Online™. This will allow you to stay in touch and attend your BNI Networking meetings virtually during these days of social isolation.

If you’re not in BNI®, we are inviting local business professionals to join us online. If you know someone looking to grow their business online during these challenging times, please invite them as our guests to our online meeting. This is a chance for them to experience BNI and networking from the comfort of their home or office.

Find a local online meeting in your area:
https://www.bni.com/find-a-chapter

Please watch this video to learn some things you can do right now to maintain a powerful personal network. Now, more than ever, you need your network. Work together with them by networking online.

Jordan Adler shares “Why BNI”

Jordan Adler, a superstar from Send Out Cards, shares with me why he joined BNI. [Look for the celebrity that “photo bombs” us in the video].

About 15 years ago, I had just basically signed up with Send Out Cards and I was invited to a BNI meeting. There were only 12 people in the meeting as it was one of the smallest chapters in the United States. When we went around the room to introduce ourselves, I just held up a greeting card and explained what I did. I saw that BNI was a great opportunity to get involved and I joined. . .

Watch the video for the whole story and the celebrity “photo bomb.”

Send a thank-you card

I have recommended Send Out Cards for many years in many of my books. Sending a thank-you card is a great way to follow up with your referral sources.  Always a nice gesture, a handwritten thank-you card makes a great impression, especially in this age of electronic communication. Be sure to write a personalized note that mentions what you’re thanking your referral source for. SendOutCards is a great resource for this. Jordan Adler is absolutely a superstar and we are really pleased to have him and all the other Send Out Cards consultants in BNI. Learn more about Send Out Cards at https://www.sendoutcards.com/u/2988

Every now and then we get to hang out in amazing places, with interesting people walking by.

 

Raymond Aaron

Raymond Aaron shares how to write a book

Fellow Transformational Leadership Council (TLC) member and friend, Raymond Aaron, discusses with me in this video below his “10-10-10 PROGRAM™”. It is a book writing program that he is running for coaching authors and it is amazing. Raymond is an expert on branding yourself to stand out from the others and has been on my blog many times over the last several years. Check out this previous blog.
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I am a real believer in writing books to build a brand

I discovered that if I went to the media, They do not want to interview me about my company. However, they will interview anyone with a book. As I have written 24 books, I have received a lot of requests for interviews by the media. It is the best way to improve your brand. When you write your book, you are NOT selling your book, you are selling YOU. Becoming an author improves your name. In his 10-10-10 PROGRAM™,  you write the content of your book. However, Raymond will help you with the marketing messages to build your brand.

Raymond Aaron noticed that most people are drowning in the “sea of sameness”. Whatever your profession or business is, you all look the same. You need to stand out in some way and the easiest way to stand out is to write a book. Becoming a published author is easy if you get guidance on doing it right. Raymond has published 138 books. Therefore, he has figured out how to easily write a book effortlessly.

The 10-10-10 PROGRAM™

Raymond’s 10-10-10 PROGRAM™” will pull the book out of you and onto the page that you always wanted to write. If you are procrastinating or feeling overwhelmed with the process of becoming a published author, Raymond will coach you with his series of 19 “how-to videos”. You just watch each video and do the work. Once you play the 19th video, you will be holding your published book in your hand.

Please click this link to learn more about Raymond’s 10-10-10 PROGRAM™” at https://10-10-10program.com/

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The “10-10-10 PROGRAM™” includes:

  • 19 video series.
  • Three-day writing workshop with Raymond personally helping you with your book.
  • Private one-on-one coaching is provided to make sure that you get published.
  • Offered around the world.
  • Official book launch.
  • Award on the cover

The tuition that Raymond normally charges worldwide for this program is $2800. However, if you personally contact Raymond Aaron by email at Raymond@Aaron.com, he will offer this program to you at a 50% discount for only $1400. That’s half off with the code “IVAN”

If you think you have a book inside you, use Raymond’s program because he can help you do that. Raymond will teach you what you don’t know about writing a book. It will be easier than you think if you take Raymond up on his offer to coach you. Life is much too precious to postpone. It’s time to put yourself in your own story and write your book. The whole world changes when you have a book. 

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Terry Jones

Terry Jones shares “Disruption Off”

The founder of Travelocity, Terry Jones, discusses his book, “Disruption Off” with me in this video about how to inoculate your business from being disrupted in this day and age.

The most important thing a company can do is to take risk.

When companies grow, they stop taking risk because they got to make the quarter. Instead, companies need to experiment and take risk. They have to be willing to fail because 75% of startups fail. We need to get back to the steps of experimentation, failure and moving on. As a company gets bigger, it is a little bit like moving a battleship, rather than a little boat. You do not have to get everybody in alignment. It just takes a few people to make a change. To make the change, start with something small. For the small business owner, try something new. However, keep the system you have, but try this at the same time. As a business owner, your opinion doesn’t matter. It’s only your customers’ opinion that matters. So, you know, just take the risk and change, please.

Terry Jones has battled the frontlines of business disruption. And now he’s here to share his hard-won wisdom and insider tips to give you an edge in an increasingly volatile market.In today’s aggressive, hyper-connected economy, a growing number of startups are transforming the way we do business. Disruption OFF is your all-in-one playbook for understanding the latest technological breakthroughs and industry innovations shaping your future. Drawing from a wealth of expert knowledge and his own in-depth experience, Jones provides you with the tools and techniques you need to enter a new age of prosperity. Disruption OFF is your no-nonsense guide for thriving in an ever-changing business landscape. If you like real-world applications, bite-sized advice, and simple strategies, then you’ll love Terry Jones’ essential resource.
Buy Disruption OFF to crush the competition today!
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Profit Growth Banking Blueprint

Roxanne Emmerich shares the Profit Growth Banking Blueprint

Fellow Transformational Leadership Council (TLC) member and friend, Roxanne Emmerich, discusses her upcoming book, “The Profit Growth Banking Blueprint”, with me in this video about how banking companies can create a workplace you and your customers love.
 
Roxanne has been trying to help the banking industry to get its act together. They have gone from having18,000 banks to 5000 banks, which tells you something is wrong. The problem is that when a local bank goes out of a small community, this causes the small businesses to go away too. According to Roxanne, the problem is that banking is set up to be transactional, not transformational. Banks are transactional and not about making sure people are winning. Banks are a cultural train wreck because their system is wrong. And it’s not just banking, it is all industries. The model we have right now in banking and most businesses is “Get your numbers, or you are fired”.

Her goal is to have others saying, “I feel so good about myself because I feel like I’m helping people”.

Her new book will help people purposely understanding how to perform. We raise the bar a little bit higher, so we’re building confidence in a way that is inspiring them. Roxanne will show through her upcoming book how you build confidence in systems so that we eventually tie everyone to profit in a way that creates a performance breakthrough because they understand they are being purposeful. The banks that Roxanne has worked with have doubled their profits in the first three years and almost all their employees report that their bank voted “The Best Place to Work”. Roxanne is a banking guru.

The Profit Growth Banking Blueprint

You may not be a banker, but her concepts will work with a lot of different industries too. The people that work with her absolutely love her.   Roxanne has authored many different books which I highly recommend. In a previous video, I give my recommendation of Roxanne Emmerich’s book, “Thank God It’s Monday!”. When her new book comes out I will post the links on my social media.

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Circles of Support

Richard Branson Shares his Circles of Support Concept

Last week, I was back on Necker Island to celebrate “International Networking Week®” by “networking up” my circles of support with Richard Branson. I did a video a few years ago with Richard when we talked about a concept he had called, “the B Team”. It was brilliant and as a result of that conversation, we created the “Business Voices” initiative for the BNI Foundation. My wife, Beth, came up with that concept based on the conversation we had with Richard.

The B Team

Richard has an organization called “The Elders”, which is supporting some of the big issues in the world today: such as climate change and other things. He thought that maybe a business version of “The Elders” would be good too. They now have about 40 of the topmost respected business people in the world as part of “The B Team”. They are doing great things.

In his book, “Finding my Virginity”, Richard discusses his concept about circles of support. It perfectly aligns with my networking organization. Richard shares with me about circles of support in this video.

Circles of Support

According to Richard, when a new person joins Virgin, they will say, “Don’t try to solve all the problems of the world, just draw a circle around yourself first”. Start by drawing a circle around yourself to make sure everything inside that circle is working well. Ask yourself: Am I meeting my fitness goals? Have I got my alcohol intake right? Have I got my work-life balance in harmony? Once you feel that circle is fine, you widen the circle to include family and friends. Once all that is manageable, you can start thinking about bigger things and do everything you can to help others. If you have a small business, make a difference in your city. Support local programs that support health or education. Finally, you can draw a circle around your country and the last circle around the world.

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I highly recommend the book, “Finding my Virginity”, by Richard Branson. The concept of managing your circles of support on page 354 works so well for BNI members. The network that I created is where you got a small circle of people and over time, taking that circle a step further by building relationships. If everybody who reads this blog creates a circle, the world will be a better place.

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