Networking Skills

Good networkers can’t help themselves

I have just returned from holiday, rested and raring to go. But even on holiday, good networkers keep doing it…networking that is. I met CG on the plane who’d been on one of our seminars. We chatted and he’s quite happy for me to call him to explore ideas about more work. I met DS, one of my son’s friends who works for a large merchant bank. He too said …Read More

My email in-box has been invaded by

Simon Wharton who runs Virtuaffinity and David Thomas. Dave is the memory man and one of his claims to fame is being a guest on the Ophra Wimfrey show. The sad man can also remember 50 odd packs of cards. I know , I once sat there and watched him. It made watching paint dry so much fun!!Simon is a man who understands web-based marketing. Top man who I recommend …Read More

Network…simply to gain knowledge & Testimonials

I am a member of Pro-Manchester, a fantastic networking club for the professional and financial community of Manchester. Once a month they run an event which is pure magic for people interested in the past. Ken Moth of the Building Design Partnership takes us on a walk around Manchester. His knowledge of it’s history, buildings and hertitage seems limitless and he presents his talk in such a passionate and enthusiatic …Read More

People, generally, are really nice

I was guest speaker today at the Business Development conference of Hitachi Capital At lunch time Paul my friend who drove me down, fell and cut his head badly. I didn’t see it but by the time someone pointed it out there was a delegate who was an experienced first -aider sorting it out. The hotel called the hospital and everything was under control. Mind you Paul ended with 5 …Read More

Get involved. After all Woody Allen said

“80% of success is just turning up” Yesterday I ran a full day’s workshop in Birmingham and arrived back into Manchester tired at the end of a successful day. I then had a choice. Do I go home or go the Professional Speakers meeting? Head said, ‘go home’ , heart said,’ you’re on the committee, you know you always enjoy it as everyone is so welcoming, so go’. Heart won. …Read More

Suppliers are as important as customers

“They ” say clients are the most important group of people in any business. I can agree they are key, without them there is no business. However, if you don’t have great suppliers and these include employees, then your business will not grow or run efficiently.6 months ago I fell out with one of my suppliers. Things were going wrong, I was getting frustrated and I decided to change. Oh, …Read More

What a useless talk!

I attended an event today relating to the property sector. The talk was about the Budget and property taxes. I wasn’t interested, so why did I go? I WENT TO NETWORK! I showed a few nervous people how to break the ice.I did this by introducing one person to another …then moving on where approriate. I met Paul who asked me “Will you are so high profile for a small …Read More

Everyday is an opportunity to learn

March 28If you don’t achieve something or learn something every day what’s the point getting out of bed.What have I learnt to day?1 Networking is about giving first.Two years ago Mark Clough asked me to speak for free at his company. The idea being I might get paid work later. This din’t happen and Mark then left.He called me up today reminding me I’d helped him out then and offered …Read More

Are you into Property?The sort of property I refer to is bricks and mortar, you know they have foundations, walls, roofs etc? Well, I’m not. I’m into something far more exciting .INTELLECTUAL PROPERTYWhat is intellectual property?I quote from the UK’s Government Patent office“Intellectual property, often known as IP, allows people to own their creativity and innovation in the same way that they can own physical property. The owner of IP …Read More

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