Posts Tagged ‘business growth’

Residual income – are you missing an opportunity?

Computer with booksThere are lots of people who talk about ‘making money while you sleep’, usually network marketers, but there are other ways to make money without exchanging your time for money.

Business Success – Lessons Everywhere

There really are business lessons everywhere when you start to look for them. I recently wrote in a magazine about succeeding in business being like an Olympic athlete’s journey.

And then there’s the Voice.

I am not a big TV watcher but have become slightly addicted to The Voice. I do like to see people following and achieving their dreams and that is part of the appeal for me. I have done some singing in the past and let that go to focus on other things so it is a show that resonates with me.

Put the Social Back in Social Media

We all know that social media is here to stay; the chances are you might have found out about this blog through social media. The stats make it obvious that we need to incorporate social media into our business – Erik Qualman of Socionomics believes your return on investment for Social Meid is that your business will exist in 5 years.

But I am often asked the similarities and difference between online and offline networking. Much of the work I do is with clients is with people who are out and about, meeting people face to face , shaking hands , handing out business cards and generally just being out there meeting people.

But I will tell you that there are a lot of the same rules that apply to your in person networking also apply to your online networking.

What I am going to do today is just give you a couple of these “rules” for you to consider when you are networking online.

So a lot of people forget the social side of both networking and social media.  It’s funny because the clue is in the name with SOCIAL media.  However, the number of times that I connect with someone on Facebook or Twitter , and the next thing I know I’ve got a message or an email  introducing me to their “get rich quick” or online marketing scheme. Now I am going to use the word scheme in a broad sense because it signifies that not understanding, just not getting, what it is I am looking for, that makes it a scheme even when it may be a very valid kind of business.

Strategies for Networking Success

Today I want to talk to you about something very close to my heart – using networking to grow your business. I love helping people get much better return on investment for their networking and have fun doing it. I cannot think of a better way to be successful in business than meeting new people, chatting to them and then doing business with friends or people that friends have recommended.

And today I have a question for you. What’s your system? What’s your strategy? (I guess that’s 2 questions.) What is your system and what is your strategy?  And this is a lesson that came out of our Business Rules of Engagement Summit that we held earlier this year and many of our experts were talking about the need to have a strategy and the need to have a system or systems in place. So I want to ask you – when you get invited to a networking event are you thinking about how that fits into your long term strategy? Do you even have a long term strategy?  The thing with networking is that it takes time. Relationships take time to build and it’s the relationships that are foundational for networking. So you need to have a long term strategy, long term approach.