Listening skills

The top 10 habits and skills of world-class networkers – 2

In today’s highly competitive world, being a confident and effective networker sets you apart from the crowd. You become more visible, always feel in control and will always create more career and business opportunities than the average. 99% of people dread this vital activity or find they don’t create enough opportunities from their investment of time. So what does it take to be a world-class networker? Here is one, others …Read More

The top 10 habits and skills of world-class networkers – 1

In today’s highly competitive world, being a confident and effective networker sets you apart from the crowd. You become more visible, always feel in control and will always create more career and business opportunities than the average. 99% of people dread this vital activity or find they don’t create enough opportunities from their investment of time. So what does it take to be a world-class networker? Here is one, others …Read More

Do you want to Become a Confident and Effective Networker?

  In today’s highly competitive world, being a confident and effective networker sets you apart from the crowd. You become more visible, always feel in control and will always create more business opportunities than the average.   Our next “How to Become a Confident and Effective Networker” workshops are on: 19th November 2015 – London 25th November 2015 – Manchester   99% of people dread this vital activity; come & …Read More

How to move on after the conversation ends…

Often the hardest part when attending events, social or business. You can either ‘dump’ or ‘park’ them.When you realise it’s time to move , so do they. You’re both thinking the same thing as the pauses become more pregnant “How the heck to I get out of here without being rude. Dumping. This means you use the drink, toilet or any other reason to move away.But I feel  the underlying  …Read More

“Say thank you, please.”

From the day we started to talk we were all told to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Good manners is good business even as we grow into adulthood. When is it appropriate to say ‘thank you’? 1 When we get new work from a new or existing client 2 When our suppliers exceed our expectations 3 When a colleague helps out or goes the extra mile 4 When we receive …Read More

Mistakes to avoid when in Conversation

The key skill of the effective networker is the ability to ask relevant and intelligent questions. Conversations are made up of 2 areas; the small talk which builds relationships and rapport and discussions about peoples’ business and their careers. But before we delve into questioning techniques, let me highlight the other side of the communication scales. This of course is the listening side which is far far more difficult than …Read More

How to deal with Rude People

Unfortunately there are people like this everywhere. Can I suggest how you deal with them? 1. Don’t ever be rude back. My mother told me, that two wrongs don’t make a right. Great advice I’ve always thought. 2. They are in a minority, so the chances of you meeting too many are slim. Again, take the moral high ground and think ‘I don’t want to spend much longer with you.’ …Read More

An attitude problem

The longer I live the more I realise the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances.  It’s more important than failures and successes than what other people think or say or do.  It’s more important than knowledge, appearance or skill. It will make or break a company, an institution, a home. …Read More

The Networking Cowboy

When you think cowboy, on the one hand you think Wild West & Indians. On the other hand we think of cowboys, people who are unprofessional, they con people, aren’t listening ………salesmen. I can only generalise but you know what I mean when I say there are many more male cowboys. What behaviours do we see from these people when we attend business connected events? When we meet him for …Read More

Business networking skills

An insightful extract of a newsletter by Jim Wigg. Check him out here. He’s one of the good guys! Happy Ears Clear blue skies, glorious sunshine, burnt orange leaves, golden brown ferns and not a breath of wind – what an amazing weekend we picked to be in the Lake District with my mum (although Sandra, my wife, will tell you in that smug way “it’s always sunny when I’m …Read More

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