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12 Days of Christmas Greetings!

To the well known tune and verses repeated!

On the 1st day of Christmas BNSW sent to me a whole host of opportunity

On the 2nd day of Christmas BNSW sent to me 2 accountants counting

On the 3rd day of Christmas BNSW sent to me 3 tailors tailoring

On the 4th day of Christmas BNSW sent to me 4 recruiters recruiting

On the 5th day of Christmas BNSW sent to me 5 one to ones

On the 6th day of Christmas BNSW sent to me 6 consultants consulting

On the 7th day of Christmas BNSW sent to me 7 marketers marketing

On the 8th day of Christmas BNSW sent to me 8 designers designing

On the 9th day of Christmas BNSW sent to me 9 printers printing

On the 10th day of Christmas BNSW sent to me 10 mentors mentoring

On the 11th day of Christmas BNSW sent to me 11 tweeters tweeting

On the 12th day of Christmas BNSW sent to me 12 months of meetings

Have a fantastic festive season
Megan and Sean HumbyHosts of Business Network SW events

Megan and Sean Humby
Hosts of Business Network SW events in Bristol

ALL 2018 Dates and venues are here

 Do you want to generate opportunities that will enhance your business?
Do you want to build mutually beneficial relationships with other decision makers?
Do you want your networking to relaxed and comfortable?
How about business seminars that can positively impact your business?
Would a huge variety of contacts be useful to your business?
Do you want the opportunity to promote your business and expertise?
Do you want a team of advocates and ambassadors for your business?

Interested in experiencing an event?

Complete the enquiry form here and your personal invitation will be emailed to you

Call 01981 540708

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result” – Gandhi

Some final Christmas greetings of a humourous note….

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Christmas Lunch on your own…..no need

What about Hosting a Corporate Table – it is Christmas and it can work for your business and more importantly your customers….

Bear the 14th December in mind and read on…….

Doing business over lunch is a great way to build relationships, show appreciation, introduce your clients to your other clients.

It’s an opportunity to woo your valued customers and show them how appreciated they are, by giving them an event full of opportunities.  Also, an opportunity for you to make contact and invite potential customers.

When looking to host a corporate table, bear in mind the image and reputation of your organisation and the positive impression you need to continue to make.  The food, venue and organisation should all be in keeping with that.  That’s where Business Network SW comes in.

Why invite people along

  • Connect and engage with key stakeholders and supporters, together in one place
  • Cost effective with a potentially great ROI
  • Business Network SW has 24 years of experience in events that will show you and your business in the best light.
  • A great opportunity to catch up with them for conversation over lunch
  • Thank your customers for their business
  • Enjoy a great seminar and lunch
  • Mix with your other customers and other businesses at the event
  • Introduce them to other business opportunities
  • Existing customers will take every opportunity to explain just why they do business with you to prospective customers!

You could arrange with another Business Network SW Member to share a Corporate table, each of you bringing along two or three customers.  You can then all sit together, share ideas, stories, solutions etc. thus creating a positive business atmosphere.

Everybody is a winner; you each get access to potential customers and the guests have an enjoyable lunch in stimulating company.

What your guests will experience

  • Business seminar before lunch with coffee from 10am (optional, always rewarding and a great networking opportunity)
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Structured 2 course, served, networking lunch 12.30pm – 2pm
  • Lunch speaker – informative, entertaining and enlightening
  • Your Investment per person is £34.00 (Inc. VAT) per person covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks – wine available, event programme, delegate list, dietary requirements are catered for.  Tables of up to 9 can be catered for (you and 8 guests).  Bring 8 guests and your place is free!

 

Bristol Business Network Christmas event is on 14th December at Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa with super seminar – so this makes it a genuine business expense (CPD and all that!) hosted by Steve Tasker – Your Finance Director

‘Numbers in plain English’

“an opportunity to lift the veil on the numbers essential for you to plan and grow your business.”

Feel free to contact me if you need any more details!

OR

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place for Bristol” and add the names and email addresses of those customers you are bringing I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Have a great day

Best regards

 

Sean Humby – Director and host

 

 

 

Your December Networking event – lunch, seminar in Bristol with SPECIAL OFFER

It’s on Thursday 14th December at Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

  • You benefit from the free business seminar
  • You will meet other business owners, directors & decision makers over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • You have relationship building conversations over a served, 2 course lunch from 12.30pm
  • Your table is hosted & you don’t sit with anyone who does what you do
  • You get an event programme full of great opportunities, offers and the delegate list.
  • Your dietary requirements can be catered for
  • Back to your office for the afternoon as event finishes at 2pm.

Business Network SW has been operating successfully since 1993 and because we target senior decision-makers it is all about establishing meaningful business relationships – not a ‘hard sell’.

Research has long supported the view that networking is a key factor in the success of fast growth companies. It allows the business person to build new business relationships, ‘knowledge share’ and generate business opportunities at the same time. Many business people prefer face-to-face networking opportunities because they prefer actually knowing and meeting who they intend to do business with. But don’t just take our word for it – come and chat to our members and let then tell you why they find our format so effective.

Business Seminar before lunch hosted by Steve Tasker – Your Finance Director

‘Numbers in plain English’

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Your relationship with your accountancy services provider should be more than the once or twice a year meeting to sign off accounts and tax returns. Would you rather be getting an idea what your likely tax bill is going to be as your financial year progresses rather than wait for the ‘shock’ once a year?

“an opportunity to lift the veil on the numbers essential for you to plan and grow your business.”

Covering

  • “what is an accountant?”
  • planning,
  • budgeting,
  • profit,
  • cashflow,
  • pricing and more.

ABOUT STEVE – “30 years of post qualification experience in the service and in managing accounts and financial planning for businesses and am a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA / CGMA).  Over the years I have worked in many fields including: house building, distribution, telecoms, electronics and the financial services industries.  Typically, I work with SMEs (Small to Medium Businesses) in Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire and surrounding areas of the South-West of England.”

Coffee and networking from 10.00am – seminar starts at 10.30am and runs until 11.45am. (optional, always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity)

Followed by THE Networking Lunch

Drinks and informal, free range networking from 11.45am.  Sit down at 12.30pm for 2 course networking lunch with coffee.  Finishing at 2pm ish as we have….

Raffle to support The Jessie May Trust and Stand Against Violence

Want to know more?

FAQ’s

Cost of event is £38.00 (Inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks, event programme with delegate list, networking tips, event correspondence.  Car parking available in hotel car park on first come first served basis.  Raffle tickets £5/strip, 2 strips for £10 or 5 for £20

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KEN ABBOTT – one of Bristol’s premiere photographers – is offering headshots at £30 after the lunch

Research shows that if you don’t have a professional headshot that accompanies your bio and LinkedIn profile, is on your website, Twitter profile you may actually be passed over for business in lieu of someone that does have one.

Event Gallery

 

 

 

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place for Bristol” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Armed Forces Covenant and Business Network SW

Following a recent  letter from the chair of The AllParty Parliamentary Group on the Armed Forces Covenant – Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP asking about how I and Business Network SW supported it I thought that sharing my response may show, help and even encourage other businesses out there to sign up and show their support!

My covering letter gives an outline and the full response then follows…

“It shows that having the support and collaborative approach with the team at WRFCA has I trust demonstrates that Business Network SW (and any other business/organisation) can be committed to supporting our armed forces, their families, veterans and reservists.

My awareness of the issues and challenges that face these people has certainly been raised and I will continue to promote and support in as many ways as I can.
 
Finally I will add that becoming involved has introduced me (and the people I know) to those people in the armed forces who I would not have met normally – and this has been brilliant!
 
I’ll end with a quote from Winston Churchill that sums up my involvement with the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant
“We make a living by what we get: we make a life by what we give”

Here is the Full Report

Business Network (SW) Ltd and the Armed Forces Covenant

First a brief story….

How did I find out about this – well the short answer (and perhaps the one you’d expect!) is from networking!  A number of months ago at an Exeter Business Network event I met Captain Chris Gillespie 6th Rifles Regimental Operational Support Officer and also Jon Beake from Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association.  They liked the event and could see the benefits from attending in terms of promoting the work that they do in the community, the way in which businesses can help support the work that they do, offer insight, connections and opportunities for the serving military personnel that are looking to leave

At the event in October 2014 (which he attended in combats – great idea!) he met numerous decision makers from locally based businesses and could see that the event format – business seminar, relaxed yet structured lunch had the potential to build those stronger links.  But what next – Business Network SW was a membership organisation, there were fees to be paid to continue to benefit from the great business relationships that members had benefited from since 1993; how could this work?

It worked in the form of WRFCA and their Regional Employer Engagement Director who could see that the investment required would develop the opportunities to get businesses to see the value and benefit to them of becoming signatories to The Armed Forces  Covenant.

Through the monthly events at which WRFCA spoke, delivered presentations and networked they began to engage and get business and organisations signed up – each of these demonstrating their concrete support for the armed forces community.  The awards – Bronze and Silver – were presented at the events – photos taken and then shared across social media.

How have I demonstrated my support?

I have signed The Armed Forces Covenant and been given the Bronze ERS award……

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From l-r Jon Beake – Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association; Sean Humby – BNSW and Fergus Sullivan – 105 Battalion REME presenting The Armed Forces Coprporate Covenant

Jon Beake – WRFCA; Sean Humby – Business Network SW; Fergus Sullivan – 105 Bn REME

 

Been extremely active on social media in sharing what WRFCA does and has done – just look at @seanhumby or search #BNSW (not basketball New South Wales!).  Shared across the following platforms LinkedIn – over 2,900 connections; Twitter over 3,000 followers, LinkedIn group over 1,400 members; Facebook – nearly 900 connections; Google+ etc.

Flown the flag for Armed Forces Day – both physically and virtually – photo’s below shared on Social media

 

Welcomed reservists to the events – including the Commanding Officer 6 Rifles, second in command with 6th Battalion the Rifles, 6 Rifles Regimental Operational Support Officer, Training Officer 6 Rifles, Captain 7 Military Intelligence Battalion, Commanding Officer – 105 Bn REME, Training Major 105 Bn REME, Regimental Operational Support Office 105 Bn REME, Permanent Staff Admin Office 105 Bn REME, Head of Comms WRFCA.

Introduced business owners to Regional Employer Engagement Director and the following have signed the Covenant

  • BNSW
  • Dartington
  • GWS Media
  • Open Network Associates
  • Devon Air Ambulance Trust
  • Endorse HR
  • Exminster Garage
  • Outposts
  • WNW Digital
  • The HR Dept
  • Exeter Golf and Country Club

In every event programme I have included the following also replicated and shared online https://business-networksw.org/2015/05/26/business-network-sw-and-the-armed-forces-corporate-covenant/

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Piqued your interest?

Contact Jon Beake – Regional Employer Engagement Director – Wessex RFCA

T: 01823 250110 M: 07946 349322  E: wx-empsp@rfca.mod.uk

  www.wessex-rfca.mod.uk/employers

www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk 

 

 

What is Business Networking and is it important?

It’s very simple to start with Robert Kiyosaki’s much quoted quote (and that’s just by me!)

“The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.”

For invitations for events in Bristol – Click HERE

But what Is Business Networking?

Networking is a very misunderstood business art – or is it a science or a mixture of both?.

Networking is communicating with people with the objective of establishing a mutually beneficial (business – perhaps to begin with) relationship.  A simplified way to look at networking is a simple exchange of energy.  This energy may be in the form of personal energy, information, data or other things of value, your enthusiasm , inspiration, connections, market intelligence, challenges in exchange for some (or all ) of the same from others. The key is that it is positive energy – if we are spending time with the sappers (a word used in one Apprentice series) -those people who drag all the energy from a conversation or even a room are probably not the best to be spending your valuable time with.

Is Networking Important?

Biased answer is YES!

Unbiased answer is also Yes!

Why – no one person can know all the answers, be good at overcoming every challenge, be inspirational, have great ideas, be super collaborative, have been there, done it and got the T-Shirt!

But, a carefully constructed network of connections, contacts, friends and associates can provide you, your business and your network with all of the above and more.

Your ability to succeed in your business (and life) will depend to a very large extent  on the rapport you establish with key individuals in your life.  These will be the people that you meet and engage with on a regular basis – and how simple is it to engage and connect nowadays?  With LinkedIn, Twitter and a super CRM system things could not be easier – oh and I must add that you can still use the old fashioned ways of the telephone and I’m not talking about the apps – a call works wonders and ultimately face to face!  There’s also a letter or postcard or even bulky mail – with a handwritten envelope you’re sure to stand out!

Business networking is when we are consciously looking to assemble a network of people that can assist us in succeeding in business.

A great example of this is in property –  take an estate agent (commercial and/or residential) – a collaborative approach with a wealth management company (or IFA), a lawyer (and/or conveyancing company), with a building company, perhaps a landscape/gardening business, a home declutterer then there will be a lot of opportunities to work together helping grow each others businesses through recommendations – which after all are just a way of making people’s lives easier!

Then there are the links with the other businesses such as EPC, home inspection services, relocation specialists, recruitment companies, removal firms, installation companies (audio, IT, phones) and the many others that may be involved in the sale of homes/businesses that I have not listed – I am sure that you could add to this!  The net result is  this group is far stronger then one individual agent.

You could be setting up a new business and need expert advice on a name, a logo, a website, using social media, a marketing plan, telephones, intellectual property experts, HR Advice, legal aspects, copy writing services, your pop up banner, business cards, stationery, car, credit and cash facilities, bookkeeping services, medical cover, insurance, wealth planning, coaching support, restructuring services (if it doe not go as planned!)- all this support and expert advice is available through networking and more specifically in Business Network SW!

What are the Benefits of Business Networking?

It’s been stated (almost as often as Robert Kiyosaki’s quote!) that people buy from or refer to people they know, like and trust. The only way to establish this (and it is a high level, not superficial – there are I believe 12 levels of trust) level of trust is through face-to-face interactions.

Perhaps not the obvious way of thinking of this but here goes…..Would you have married your spouse after reading a brochure about him or her, or receiving a sales letter or visiting the website (I do know that there are some websites where you can do this!) or received a LinkedIn invitation or even a tweet? Of course not! The same  applies to business – it takes face-to-face interactions in a relaxed environment to develop and deepen rapport.

With a multitude of networking contacts – some direct and some indirect, you can find everything you need for a successful business, employees to hire, a job for you, business intelligence, barter/contra contacts, or advice in a multitude of areas.  And as was previously mentioned inspirational. positive thinking, enthusiastic people who will enhance and add to your success – and celebrate that with you.

Nothing can take the place of a wide range of trusted business contacts.  It is the most valuable thing you can own.  It really is and Porter Gales book – Your Network is your Net worth explains this far better than I ever could!  Great article from Huffington Post here

If you would like to comment on what networking has done for you feel free to do so

More networking articles HERE

For invitations for events in Bristol – Click HERE

ALL 2017 Dates for events in Bristol here

To book your place at a future event

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place for Bristol” stating the event date and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

 

Networking and wearing sunscreen

Networking and wearing sunscreen

Written by Baz Luhrmann back in 1998*

Having heard this recently – and on vinyl I will add!  I was casually listening as you do and there were a number of lyrics that caught my attention –  words on networking!

The joys of the internet meant that I did not have to search through my Smash Hits collection to find the Lyrics

Here they are (not the chorus!) – those that I have related to networking are bold and in green!  Some have a link to more networking advice, tips and artcles

You can listen/view the track here

What do they mean to you?

“Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’99
Wear sunscreen

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it
The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
Than my own meandering experience, I will dispense this advice now

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, oh, never mind
You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth
Until they’ve faded but trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back
At photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now
How much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked You are not as fat as you imagine

Don’t worry about the future or worry that know that worrying
Is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation
By chewing bubble gum
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things
That never crossed your worried mind
The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday
Do one thing every day that scares you

Sing

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts
Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours

Floss

Don’t waste your time on jealousy
Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind
The race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourself
Remember compliments you receive
Forget the insults, if you succeed in doing this, tell me how
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements

Stretch

The most interesting people
I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives
Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t
Get plenty of calcium, be kind to your knees
You’ll miss them when they’re gone

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t
Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t
Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the ‘Funky Chicken’
On your 75th wedding anniversary
Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much
Or berate yourself either
Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can
Don’t be afraid of it or what other people think of it
It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own, dance
Even if you have nowhere to do it but your own living room
Read the directions even if you don’t follow them
Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good Be nice to your siblings, they’re your best link to your past
And the people most likely to stick with you in the future

Understand that friends come and go
But a precious few, who should hold on

Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle
For as the older you get, the more you need the people
You knew when you were young
Live in New York City once but leave before it makes you hard
Live in northern California once but leave before it makes you soft

Travel

Accept certain inalienable truths
Prices will rise, politicians will philander, you, too, will get old
And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young
Prices were reasonable, politicians were noble
And children respected their elders

Respect your elders

Don’t expect anyone else to support you
Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse
But you never know when either one might run out

Don’t mess too much with your hair
Or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85

Be careful whose advice you buy but be patient with those who supply it

Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past

From the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts
And recycling it for more than it’s worth

But trust me on the sunscreen”

 

Thank you for your time and for singing along!

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If you would like to come to Business Network SW event in Bristol just contact me

 

Sean Humby – Director – Business Network (SW) Ltd

20348344060_9f971e8831_m

Tel 01981 540708             

www.business-networksw.co.uk

https://business-networksw.org

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/businessnetworksw

@seanhumby  #BNSW

 

Acknowledgements

Baz Luhrmann obviously – a great track

Lyrics site – http://www.metrolyrics.com

http://www.news.com.au

http://www.hbr.com

http://www.forbes.com

Dorie Clark

Getting the most from Business Network SW Events

Getting the most from your Business Network SW Events

Each event has a number of components – all there to give you maximum opportunities to enhance your business and build relationships

Business Seminar

Coffee served from 10.00am and seminar starts at 10.30am finishes at 11.45am
An ideal opportunity to meet people over coffee and during the seminar
The seminars are on a whole range of subjects that will be useful to your business and to the businesses of your clients. An opportunity to pick up new information; share knowledge and expertise; think about your business.

Typical Business Network SW seminar

The Networking lunch

From 11.45am until 12.30pm there is an informal free range networking session, there is a choice of wine, fruit juice or water. The Business Network SW hosts are there to assist in getting introductions and ensuring the most benefit is gained from the event.  Feel free to view this time lapse video of the pre lunch informal networking. – courtesy of Bitpod Ltd
Every person attending has a badge with their name, the business/organisation name and also a number for the table where they will sit for lunch. Those highlighted in green are first time visitors to Business Network SW events.  Those with a blue highlight are on their second trial event.

Informal networking over drinks

Every person attending is given a copy of the table seating plan – this is in Company Alphabetical order and shows the decision makers attending and which table they will be seated for the lunch along with offers and opportunities contributed by members.

12.30 lunch is called and at everyone then sits at the table  (the number is on the badge) There are table hosts at each table who will guide you through the next part of the lunch.
During the lunch each decision maker at your table will have 3 minutes to explain to the others the benefits that you and your organisation can offer; the type of business that you are looking for and also how other businesses can help you. Be memorable so that other people will be able to remember and refer.  Lunch will be served during the presentations – bread roll, followed by main course (special dietary requirements can be catered for), dessert and coffee.  Wine is available during lunch.


HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR 3 MINUTE PRESENTATION:

• Introduce yourself an your company/organisation
• Outline what you do – the benefits that you bring to your customers/clients
• What’s new in your world? What’s novel? How will people remember you?
• What type of customers/clients are you looking to build relationships with?
• How could the people around the table help you or your customers/contacts? What are you looking to purchase, what challenges do you have (also think about this from the perspective of your clients)
• Can you refer the people around the table to others that you know?

“You can everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want” – Zig Ziglar 
There will opportunity to ask further questions when everyone has completed their 3 minutes.
1.30 to 1.40 your opportunity to go and talk to someone else in the room (the seating plan will help you locate them), continue your conversation or start a new one with someone else on your table.
1.40 Speaker – An informative, enlightening and entertaining 10 minute talk given by a Business Network SW member.

Latest technology being shown during a 10 minute speaker slot!

2.00pm Lunch finishes – you can still continue to network with the others in the room, maybe set up a follow up meeting, gather information from the literature table. A great time to make those appointments and even continue your discussions in the venue’s facilities.

Some Top Tips

• Ensure that your company is only represented at the events by senior decision-makers; people who hold the authority to both buy and sell; people who can effectively promote your company and what it does; people who know the products and services that need
sourcing or re-sourcing that will improve your business.
• Ensure you come with Optitude – an attitude to look for opportunities for yourself and for others. Ask yourself, who is there in the room who is in a position to help my company or perhaps my clients?
• Bring plenty of business cards – you never know who might ask for one or even 2 – so that they can pass it on!
• Prepare your three minute presentation, focusing on the benefits or solutions your company provides.
• Be there as soon as you can – 10am for the seminar or 11.45am for pre-lunch drinks.
Seek out people you don’t know. Listen to them and be interested. See how they can help your company and how you can help their business. Have a polite disengaging line if in a group, or introduce an individual to someone who you feel may be of relevance, to
enable you to move on.
• Smile genuinely. Shake hands with everybody. Remember their first names – they have badges that will help you!
• Listen intently during each 3 minute presentation. Ask yourself during it:

° Can this person help my company?
° Can I help this company?
° Do I know anybody who could use this company?
• During the event refer to the full list of attendees and see if there is anybody else you wish to meet on other tables.

• Once back at the office, get out and review the business cards from around the table, and ask yourself:

° Who shall I write to and say how good it was to meet them?
° Who shall I ring and make an appointment to see?
° Who am I going to tell in my organisation about somebody I met today that could help him or her?
° Who else on my contact list could benefit from an introduction to one of the people I met today?
• Always keep in mind the members of Business Network SW, & always be on the lookout for any way in which you can pass on leads.

More advice from the from the experts – updated regularly to assist you in getting more from your networking
“The sage never tries to store things up. The more he does for others, the more he has. The more he gives to others, the greater his abundance.” Lao Tzu

  • Do you want to generate opportunities that will enhance your business?
  • Do you want to build mutually beneficial relationships with other decision makers?
  • Do you want your networking to relaxed and comfortable?
  • How about business seminars that can positively impact your business?
  • Would a huge variety of contacts be useful to your business?
  • Do you want the opportunity to promote your business and expertise?
  • Do you want a team of advocates and ambassadors for your business?
  • What about generating an ROI on your networking?

Business Network SW offers monthly, lunch time, structured and business focused networking events in Bristol

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With 2 minutes to spare…..

With only 2 minutes to spare

What could I share

A plug, a sales pitch or two

Oh no, that just would not do

 

All I’ll say is that I host an event

That over the last 23 years has been decent

In terms of conversations, connections with a super bunch

And guess what, it’s monthly over lunch

 

With a morning seminar before

I can guarantee that it is not a bore

With experts in their field sharing knowledge

Would you expect a rhyme with porridge

 

I thought as much, so best I act

So I’ll change my tact

The events generate a return on investment

Ensuring that your money is well spent

 

A quote from a member

“Work signed since September

£22, 247 or 742 months of lunch

Due to conversations and connections – and not just a good munch

 

The rhymes are getting worse

And my poetic skill is in reverse

I’ve preached to the converted, here

You know networking rewards are clear

 

But feel free to pass on and share

To those that that may need some networking fare

My phone, email, website and blog, are below, feel free to take heed

‘Cos a lunchtime event could fulfill yours or their networking need

 

 

So feel free to connect as it leads to success

Business Network SW is one of the best

Thank you for your time

There endeth the rhyme

 

 

My details as promised

 

Sean Humby – Director – Business Network (SW) Ltd

20348344060_9f971e8831_m

Sean reciting the poem……

Tel 01981 540708             

                            www.business-networksw.co.uk

https://business-networksw.org

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/businessnetworksw

@seanhumby  #BNSW

 

A top tip leading to Oscar Wilde’s famous networking quotes

During the course of my daily research I discovered that Oscar Wilde was born on 16th October 1854.  My daily research you may ask?  I’ll explain what I mean!

A top tip received from Guy Arnold (Founder of ‘Sales Through Service’: service systems that boost sales & sales systems that boost service.) led to my daily research – going the extra inch to make the difference in the way I do business!

The majority of us have a mobile phone; most of them enable you to leave a personal voicemail message that people who call you will get if you are unavailable; but how many of those messages are unique and tell the caller that you do actually reply to your voicemail messages?

That’s where my research comes in – I record a new message everyday – stating the day, thanking the caller for calling; explaining when I will call back and finally a fact for the day!  Facts are provided by Wikipedia – births, events, observances (i don’t do deaths!) and there has never been a day when I haven’t found one!  I will confess that I do this Monday to Friday but I do know that there are facts that will be there for Saturday’s and Sunday’s!

And that is why you are now going to see how Oscar Wilde came up with so many networking quotes (perhaps inadvertently as not even Business Network was around in the late 19th century!)

I’ll start with the reason I love quotes….these are all from goodreads

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”
Oscar Wilde

I am sure that you can see the relevance to networking – the preparation, the actual events, the follow up, your conversations……

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis possible is the lowest level.”
Oscar Wilde

If you are going to network then be prepared for a conversation not a sales pitch or elevator pitch; ask questions that are unexpected and get beneath the surface.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
Oscar Wilde

At an event, before an event, after an event think about what you can do for someone else – introduce them to others, share knowledge, share an opportunity even just get someone a drink or even more radical go and speak to someone who is on their own or even someone you have never met before!

“You can never be overdressed or over educated.”
Oscar Wilde

You are representing your business/organisation – it is Brand You so how are you coming across?

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

More of Brand You – relax, enjoy, talk about things other than business – let people see the real you not someone who has just swallowed the corporate speak jargon book complete with synonyms, acronyms and the other business B***S***! 

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Share yours, it’s not a weakness; in fact it could be the just the thing that starts a really great win/win relationship
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Nothing to talk about at a networking event?  Your diary, looking back and forward is a great place to start – it’s about you, what you do, the businesses that you help, the businesses and organisations that you are looking to help – need I say more?
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
Oscar Wilde

Guess what you should be working towards!

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

How can you make yourself and the benefits that you bring memorable?  Is it during the conversations that you have or is it the way in which you follow up?  You do follow up don’t you?  Not just with a spammy email or a newsletter with something that shows that you have paid attention and listened.
I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde

You are an expert in your particular field, you’ll know experts in other fields, perhaps you share a common interest – whatever it maybe feel free to share, help, pass on something useful, be a connector.  We all know how abundance works don’t we?  Great paper here by Wendy Jansen and Wilma .van den Heuvel

“A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.”
Oscar Wilde

Need I say more?!

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Winnie the Pooh and networking quotes – more than a coincidence?

It was on this day – 14th October 1926 that AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh was first published.

The same day as the October Bristol Business Network event.

The link – my in depth research for the event and the uncovering, nay discovery of the following – all quotes from Winnie the Pooh and AA Milne and all related to networking.

You will without a shadow of doubt see the relevance so I will spare any explanations…

Networking Quotes courtesy of Winnie the Pooh and AA Milne!

A.A Milne

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
― A.A. Milne

“Weeds are Flowers too, once you get to know them.”
― A.A. Milne

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

 

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

 

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

 

“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”
― A.A. Milne

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience – well, that comes from poor judgment.”
― A.A. Milne

“But it’s always useful to know where a friend-and-relation is, whether you want him or whether you don’t.”
― A.A. MilneThe House at Pooh Corner

 

“As soon as I saw you I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.”
― A.A. Milne

Other related articles

Dr Seuss – inspirational quotes

Networking quotes – Top quotes for Top Networking

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Paternoster patter, elevator pitch or conversations and connections…networking tips from Business Network SW

A bit of advice for any networking that you do – and this was given to me a number of years ago!

When we meet people at networking events they will be “representing” their business – but they are also consumers who have a life outside business, have homes, families, cars, want holidays, places to visit and places to eat and drink – and they will know lots of people in their “non business life” who will have those B2C needs!

Most people aren’t born with a natural talent for networking – a bit like any business skill it takes practice, research, reading, listening and practice – like all skills the more you practice the better you become. You will never know which event will lead to finding a mentor, a collaborator, a co-founder, a customer, a supplier,  a connection that will be useful to you, your business or someone that you know at a later date. As Robert Kiyosaki says “The richest people in the world grow and build networks.  Everyone else looks for work”

Research

There’s never a reason to go into an event blind. Research using all the tools available – what’s being said on Twitter, LinkedIn, who goes to the events, is the event listed on Find Networking Events, who’s the host, where is the event, is there parking, is it invitation only, how much will it cost, is there food, is there a business seminar, what do you need to prepare for, is it speedy or relaxed – and any other questions you need answering!  The host is there to broker introductions and help you get the most from the event

Go with a plan

Failure to plan is planning to fail – as Benjamin Franklin said – this applies to a networking event as much as any other business/life activity.  Go with some goals but keep it simple; maybe your goal is to exchange information with five new people; share some knowledge;  talk about something other than business (now there’s a thought!) – not meet as many as possible or get an order – would you give an order to someone you’ve only just met? Do keep in mind that plans can change – a conversation that you have could lead somewhere that you weren’t expecting – a real win-win-win moment!

Be on time

Arrive as close to the event’s designated start time as possible – even a bit early – a great time to meet the host and before groups have started to form.  If you are there “first” then people will gravitate to you or vice versa!  One thing I would add is to look for those people who may be on their own – approach them, smile, be friendly and start a conversation – another win/win!

Be approachable

Body language is everything, especially when meeting new people.  What does yours say about you?  Look at people’s feet – look at your own – an open stance in inviting!  If there is someone on their own go and introduce yourself – how much easier is it to do that and how good will the person feel that they are no longer on their own.  Put your phone away – you’re there to talk to people face to face!  Relax, smile and remember that other people will be as nervous as you!

Know when to stop talking, know how to listen!

A conversation should never be dominated by one party. We have all heard the 2 ears, one mouth analogy  – this is what works best!  Listen, ask questions, and truly be engaged in what the other participant is saying, instead of focusing on what you want to tell him or her next, or on looking for someone else in the event or even worse looking at your phone!  Know how to move on politely – perhaps go together to get another drink or join other people you know and to introduce the person you’re with to the others – you can move on without leaving them on their own!

Don’t give a pitch/elevator speech/lift oration/paternoster patter/step ladder presentation

Unless someone asks, keep your business plan/business jargon/businesses successes to yourself. Why not share general interests and keep the focus on having a genuine conversation. How do you do this – ask questions – ask questions that will help you get to know the person – become interested in them! Open questions tend to give the best answers and are a great catalyst for conversation.   Networking shouldn’t be about just finding someone who can offer something to your business. It’s about forming new relationships. And if your business is brought up, only share what they want to know. Don’t go into pitch/elevator speech/lift oration/paternoster patter/stepladder presentation mode!

Follow up

Networking doesn’t end when the event does. Attending events is useless if you don’t take the time to follow up afterwards. Best practice say you should follow up within 24-48 hours of the event.

How you do it is up to you or should I say up to how you have promised/agreed to follow up with the people that you have met. It could be via LinkedIn (a personal invitation), on Twitter (following them), an email, a phone call, arranging a coffee and one to one – the choice is yours!

What it’s not is your newsletter (unless they have asked), never a blanket email – either to everyone at the event or even a blanket email that showing the email address of everyone you met.   It’s a good idea to reference the event and something you discussed, business related or otherwise – a business card is a great place to do this and this can then be added to your CRM system.  Keep your tone professional, but relaxed – having just read an article in The Guardian about politeness then take the time to treat and communicate with others as you yourself would like to be dealt with.   Give them time to respond before sending a second follow-up – this is where connecting on LinkedIn and/or Twitter is far better – keeping each other updated but indirectly!

The list is not endless so feel free to comment and add your top tips!

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Business Network SW Director and event host Sean Humby

100 reasons to attend a BNSW event 2015

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What people are saying about BNSW – 2015

Following the Exeter Business Network event in May 2015 held at Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre attended by over 50 people a “snapshot” survey was carried out – thank you to all those that completed them!

Before I share the results here is a paragraph from a survey that was carried out to see how consumers viewed survey statistics – I am sure that there is a name for this!

Carried out in 2014 “An Ipsos Mori survey of more than 2,000 consumers, commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust, revealed that 57 per cent of consumers liked to see statistics in advertising to substantiate claims, with 41 per cent claiming that third party support and verification from a trusted organisations impacted on their desire to believe advertising.”  Full Article here in The Drum @The Drum

The article went on to say  “Our survey showed that statistics or evidence was by far and away the best way to increase public trust in any advertising claims. Having supporting statistics and evidence in advertising is just one of the ways to ensure consumers are getting accurate claims about any products or services.”

So I trust that the following will help you!

21 responses – a 42% return rate!

The questions asked – based a little on the NPS system

What do you like best about Business Network SW

Net Promoter Score 66%

  • Meeting new and old businesses
  • Making friends and new contacts
  • Professionalism of the network
  • Quality of attendees
  • Information provided before during and after the events
  • I love the format – perfect for introductions and getting to know people
  • Networking
  • Meeting businesses who have an interest in making links, connecting people and building the community – business and wider
  • Charity Links – Business Network SW Charities
  • A really nice mix of people and really friendly chat – not all self promotion
  • Everything – I wouldn’t still be coming after all these years otherwise!
  • Good collection of organisations represented and great atmosphere created. really enjoyed it.
  • Opportunity for seminar, quotes, variety, the way networking is done at the table
  • The people
  • Well organised
  • The people, the atmosphere
  • Not too formal
  • Diversity of members, guests, venues
  • Targeted regular networking
  • Relaxed, the venue – Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre
  • Nice, relaxed, well led, excellent venue
  • The format
  • Socialising, meeting new contacts and friends
  • Informal but productive
  • Very friendly

What could Business Network SW do better

Passives 7 - 18%

  • A 3 minute slot to everyone for one member
  • Increase membership – decrease cost
  • Not sure at the moment
  • Ad hoc membership (possibly at a higher rate)
  • Expand numbers and diversity
  • Interesting business relevant content
  • Nothing
  • Have annual dinner dance (with fun casino and photobooth!)
  • Keep on doing the same please
  • Nothing! You do brilliantly – maybe set up a Facebook page)
  • More business speakers
  • All good
  • Hard to imagine
  • Nothing that comes to mind
  • Not much – it’s really good

So having read this I trust that you as a potential consumer has got some accurate feedback on Business Network SW!  We will certainly be looking to become better and the suggestions that have been made are great!

They say that the proof is in the pudding and you not only get the pudding at an event you get…..

  • Super seminar before lunch – 10am – 11.45am
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm. Structured networking around your table with other decision makers.
  • Lunch speaker
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!

All for just £36.00 inc VAT covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks – wine available, event programme, delegate list, dietary requirements are catered for.

The next events are here – for 2015

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Every event has

  • Super business enhancing seminar before lunch – 10am – 11.45am
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm.  Structured networking around your hosted table with other decision makers.  Lunch finishes 2pm
  • Lunch speaker – insightful, enlightening and entertaining
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!
  • Cost of event for members is £30.00 (Inc. VAT) (visitors £37.00 inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks – wine available, event programme, delegate list, dietary requirements are catered for.

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Business Network SW and The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant

Delighted to have signed The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant and here’s why and how it is something that you could do as well!

Firstly a bit of background….

How did I find out about this – well the short answer (and perhaps the one you’d expect!) is from networking!  A number of months ago at an Exeter Business Network event I met Captain Chris Gillespie 6th Rifles Regimental Operational Support Officer and also Jon Beake from Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association.  They liked the event and could see the benefits from attending in terms of promoting the work that they do in the community, the way in which businesses can help support the work that they do, offer insight, connections and opportunities for the serving military personnel that are looking to leave

What is a corporate covenant?

A corporate covenant is a written and publicised voluntary pledge from businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their concrete support for the armed forces community.

Hundreds of organisations have signed the corporate covenant, find out who has signed and what they’re pledging here.

How does the corporate covenant fit into the ‘covenant family’?

The corporate covenant has been designed to complement the armed forces covenant and sit alongside the community covenant. The armed forces covenant sets out the moral obligation of society towards members of the armed forces community and the community covenant provides a mechanism for local authorities and communities to express support for members of the armed forces community. The corporate covenant is designed to allow businesses and charitable organisations to express their support, and commit to ways in which they can provide that support.

The Employer Recognition Scheme rewards employers for their varying levels of support for the armed forces in relation to the corporate covenant, with Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards. Find out more here.

What does a corporate covenant include?

All corporate covenants include a core statement of commitment that those adopting the scheme sign up to. This covers the 2 key principles of the armed forces covenant, which are:

  • no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen
  • in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved

Each organisation will also be encouraged to offer support in a way most appropriate to their situation and capacity, with the pledge document including a ‘menu’ of options for them to sign up to. This menu covers employment support for veterans, reservists, service spouses and partners, as well as support for cadet units, Armed Forces Day, and discounts for the armed forces community. There is also an opportunity for companies and charitable organisations to add their own commitments based on local circumstances.

And that’s it in a nutshell!

At the Exeter Business Network event on June 10th you can find out more from Jon Beake – Regional SaBRE Director with Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association – along with a great seminar and numerous networking opportunities!

From l-r Jon Beake - Wessex Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association; Sean Humby - BNSW and Fergus Sullivan - 105 Battalion REME presenting The Armed Forces Coprporate Covenant

From l-r
Jon Beake – Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association; Sean Humby – BNSW and Fergus Sullivan – 105 Battalion REME presenting The Armed Forces Coprporate Covenant

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Delighted to also announce that Business Network SW has been awarded Bronze Award – one of numerous businesses who has pledged it’s support to defence and to take a positive stance towards existing and prospective employees who are part of the Armed Services community.

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The full list of supportive employers is here

Find out more here

 

Gallery – Business Network SW

 

Networking lessons from Geese

Networking Lessons from Geese

Possibly because my father is an ardent twitcher and probably because of seeing geese so regularly whilst out and about I have always been fascinated by why so many birds fly in a V formation.flock of migrating canada geese birds flying at sunset courtesy of Andrea Mathieson

V formation (sometimes called a skein) is the symmetric V-shaped flight formation of flights of geese and from the research that has been carried out and published in journals such as Nature we can learn a lot that can be transferred into business and life!  What follows are my interpretations for business and for networking!

And it must be good as Sir Alex Ferguson talked about them during his training sessions with Manchester United and also on the BBC programme Secrets of Success with Nick Robinson shown on 11th October 2015

Goose fact 1.  As each goose flaps it’s wings it creates 71% more uplift for birds that are following, so by flying in formation the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than by flying alone.

Lesson for business

By getting people to share a common direction and sense of community then you can get to a destination quicker and easier because all are travelling on the thrust of one another

Networking perspective

A networking group or event has a common purpose – to benefit all those there in a win-win way.  Whether this is through  becoming better informed, gaining more knowledge, building relationships with suppliers, raising your profile with potential customers, sharing expertise, generating business opportunities with those that you meet (and perhaps even the people they know!)

Goose fact 2. When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying and quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.

Lesson for business

By adopting the awareness of geese we will stay in formation with those headed in the direction we want to go.  We are willing to accept their help and to help others.

Networking perspective

By growing and building your network both face to face and online (business contacts, customers, suppliers, friends, family, social groups, alumni, trade, online groups) and staying in contact with them you will generate opportunities – sharing a link, making that call, thinking of how you could help others and how others can help you are all part of a successful business strategy.  A simple message is found in team; Together Each Achieves More.

Goose fact 3.  When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.

Lesson for business

It pays to take turns to do the hard tasks and share the leadership.  As with geese we are all interdependent upon each other skills, capabilities and the unique arrangement we have of gifts, talents and resources.

Networking perspective

As the leader of the business, by definition, you are the vanguard, the main man/woman, CEO, MD and possibly everything else! And also by definition the person who needs to know everything, be an expert in everything from HR, health and safety, accounts, sales, marketing, customer service, commerce, IT, websites, social media, transport/logistics, fulfilment and then having to fit in your own life – family, children, holidays, the school run, leisure, sport, hobbies, food and drink, shopping, DIY and sleep.  How can this be done in 24 hours?  When do you get the time to do what you are best at – the service you provide, the product you designed, the expertise that people want?  With  your network you have unlimited expertise and people who can help you get what you want from life and business.  And the best thing is that you will know these people, probably like them and that’s where the trust that is so important can begin!

Goose fact 4. The geese flying in a formation will honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Lesson for business

We need to ensure that when we honk we honk encouragingly.  In groups/businesses/organisations  where there is encouragement, the production is much greater.  Communication is key – the right message, delivered in a way that people can understand and see how they can make a difference is key.

Networking perspective

At a networking event perhaps not so much honking as conversation.  The conversations that you have should be about those that you meet and not a sales pitch from you.  By asking questions you can find out so much about why a person you meet does what they do, what challenges they may have, what they are looking to achieve short term (long term), the successes they have had, what they are working on currently and when you do find this out then opportunities will start to become apparent for you and even better for those that you know.   Try asking the unexpected question, the one that causes someone to stop and think – the answer will always be more memorable for all and give far more insight than “what do you do?”  Although you have the opportunity to be memorable here – when asked what you do – stay away from the stock, standard response “I am an …..and I do ……”.  A well known example is from Harley Davidson  – do they build/sell motorcycles – no they provide experiences!  Do I arrange a monthly networking lunch in Exeter – no – you have the best environment for a conversation that can lead to connections and collaborationsOnce the people in your network are all “honking” then there will be unlimited possibilities.

Goose fact 5.  If a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help protect it.  They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again.  They then launch out in their own formation to catch up or join another flock

Lesson for business

If we have as much sense as geese then we will stick together in difficult times as well as when we are strong – collaboration can help for any business  – as has been mentioned no one knows everything even if you are in the same business sector the expertise can be different even niche.

Networking perspective

A business going through difficult times can get through these with the support of the network.  .  Knowing where to turn for help is something that a network can provide – businesses that are sick can be saved if you know where to find the best expertise.  With the people in your network you will be able to ask for the help that you need – if someone cannot help directly they will certainly know someone who can and the connection can be made.

In conclusion any networking that you do (or are looking to do) can be very much like the geese in their formation – something that is second nature, common practise and that is mutually beneficial.  If you can apply this to your networking then you will undoubtedly become more successful!

Sean Humby is Director of Business Network SW and host of the events in the South West – bringing decision makers together monthly at lunchtimes to build long term business relationships.  The events in the South West are held in Bristol and have been since 1993

Event host - Sean Humby

Article writer and Event host – Sean Humby

The environment Business Network SW provides is relaxed and business focused to ensure that you and your business get the most benefit.  Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations.  Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!

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George Washington’s rules when in company and conversation – first ever networking tips?

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Reading these today for the first time and you realise that they could and should apply to our everyday goings on – and when it comes to networking – this must be the first and definitive guide to networking ever written!

The rules have in common a focus on other people rather than the narrow focus of our own self-interests that we find so prevalent today. Fussy or not, they represent more than just manners. They are the small sacrifices that we should all be willing to make for the good of all and the sake of living together.

Today many, if not all of these rules, sound a little fussy if not downright silly. It would be easy to dismiss them as outdated and appropriate to a time of powdered wigs and quills, but they reflect a focus that is increasingly difficult to find

These rules proclaim our respect for others and in turn give us the gift of self-respect and heightened self-esteem.

By age sixteen, Washington had copied out by hand, 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. They are based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. Presumably they were copied out as part of an exercise in penmanship assigned by young Washington’s schoolmaster. The first English translation of the French rules appeared in 1640, and are ascribed to Francis Hawkins the twelve-year-old son of a doctor.

Some examples

The first one

 1st Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present

On conversations

12th Shake not the head, Feet, or Legs roll not the Eyes lift not one eyebrow higher than the other wry not the mouth, and bedew no mans face with your Spittle, by approaching too near him when you Speak.
14th Turn not your Back to others especially in Speaking, Jog not the Table or Desk on which Another reads or writes, lean not upon any one.
58th Let your Conversation be without Malice or Envy, for ‘is a Sign of a Tractable and Commendable Nature: 
83rd When you deliver a matter do it without Passion & with Discretion, however mean the Person be you do it too.
88th Be not tedious in Discourse, make not many Digressions, nor repeat often the Same manner of Discourse.

On food and drink

97th Put not another bit into your mouth till the former be swallowed. Let not your morsels be too big for the jowls.
98th Drink not nor talk with your mouth full; neither gaze about you while you are drinking.
99th Drink not too leisurely nor yet too hastily. Before and after drinking, wipe your lips; breath not then or ever with too great a noise, for its uncivil.

The last one

110th Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

For the full 110

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A-Z of Networking – the K’s and L’s

Hello and welcome

Here’s the K’s and L’s – a few more pictures and quotes that I trust will add to the post – feel free to share

And for those people here for the first time, a brief introduction……

This A-Z has been compiled from sources gathered over the last 25 years – many before Google – it is by no means exhaustive or I trust exhausting; merely something that will help you get more from your networking.

Originally written or should I say compiled as a resource for members of Business Network SW and then developed into a series of seminars.  Now it’s the basis for a number of blog posts which I trust that you will find informative, useful and – dare I say, even worth sharing and ultimately even engage with.

I will serialise the whole A-Z in posts over the coming weeks and months and it will

You’ll find the A – J’s at the end of this post!

 

K

Kindness – If there is an opportunity to be kind – go for it.  During a conversation there could be the chance to share something you know that could be helpful to the other person, it could be a link, it could be a contact, a company that you know who needs the skills that you have just heard about, it could be an invite to another networking event – I trust that you get the idea!

Even after an event, a meeting, that one to one you have the chance to continue (or start…) to be kind

  1. It could be positive review (on one of those review sites….) or a recommendation on LinkedIn.
  2. Could you support the businesses within your network – purchasing something, engaging a service, even buying from those who things to sell – I’ve met people who create everything from works of art to fascinators to portraits to photographs to wine tasting experiences to gift cards for restaurants…..
  3. You could comment on and share your favourite blogposts and articles written by those in your network and help them to get their message out to a wider network – connect on LinkedIn, follow on Twitter, and there’s Instagram, Pinterest to name but 4!
  4. When was the last time (or first time that) you called a client/customer and simply say thank you for the pleasure of doing business with them?  Or sent them something – a card, a postcard or some bulky mail (even one of your propmotional pieces!
  5. And finally when you are networking at events and you introduce people in your network to each other, share something you really appreciate about that person (beyond their name and job title).

Use the opportunity to inspire, enthuse, be positive – we all know that our enthusiasm and positivity can rub off on others – kindness makes an interaction all the more memorable

Knowledge – you are an expert in your field – share what you know – top tips, what’s new in your world, what you’ve come across that may be helpful to others.

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Ask others about what they know – even who they know!

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Learning from others – they are experts in their field – don’t be afraid to ask for advice – people like to help.

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Go to seminars – even if the subject/topic does not seem relevant you will pick up something that can be useful for someone else – a nugget of knowledge that can be shared.

Learning through practise – St Thomas said “Repetition is the mother of all learning.”

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share your learning by hsoting a seminar, doing a foresight, speaking for 10 minutes – many networking groups have opportunities for you to do this – invariably free, always with like minded people and…

  • Increases Your Visibility
  • Enables potential customers to see you in action
  • Positions You As An Expert On A Specific Subject.
  • Share knowledge
  • A presentation can be shared on Slideshare (part of LinkedIn)
  • Positions You As An Expert On Related Subjects.
  • Improves Public Speaking Skills
  • Allows You To Educate Others.
  • Enables a 2 way conversation through a Q & A
  • Generates New Business Leads.
  • Deliver something informative, interesting and entertaining
  • Provides Opportunity To Earn Referrals

 

 

 

Lifetime value

Customer lifetime value can also be defined as the dollar value of a customer relationship, based on the present value of the projected future cash flows from the customer relationship.[1] Customer lifetime value is an important concept in that it encourages firms to shift their focus from quarterly profits to the long-term health of their customer relationships. Customer lifetime value is an important number because it represents an upper limit on spending to acquire new customers

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Thank you http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0019850102001888 for the diagram

Listen – “You can make more friends in two months  by becoming interested in other people  than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you” – Dale Carnegie – see Knowledage and Learning above and see PART 1 BE 

Longevity – see Future

 

 

Coming next some M’s and N’s……

Thank you for reading this far – the next instalment will be available soon and please feel free to comment and share.

If you would like to connect then you can find me on

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Have a great day and enjoy your networking and make it enjoyable and beneficial for those that you meet!

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Previous Parts

Part One @seanhumby  A-Z  of #networking http://wp.me/p1UdDl-6Nq #BNSW

Out today…..Networking A-Z part II which is the C’s & D’s  http://wp.me/p1UdDl-6PX  #BNSW

C is for conversation & D is for Dale Carnegie – part  #Networking A-Z http://wp.me/p1UdDl-6PX #BNSW #Bristol

A – Z of networking part 3 – the E’s & F’s – courtesy of @seanhumby  https://wp.me/p1UdDl-6QW #networking #events #Bristol

Part 4 of the Networking A-Z – it’s the G’s & H’s http://wp.me/p1UdDl-6Sj #networking #Bristol #BNSW

G is for genuine and H is for help it’s part 4 of the Networking A-Z http://wp.me/p1UdDl-6Sj   #networking #Bristol #BNSW
It’s the I’s and J’s of the A-Z of #networking http://wp.me/p1UdDl-6TY  from @seanhumby #BNSW for events in #Bristol

 

ALL 2018 Dates for events in Bristol here

To book your place at a future event

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place for Bristol” stating the event date and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

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Today like 23/11/17 has 1,440 minutes and 86,400 seconds available….

 

Why not take 120 seconds to reserve your place and use 14,400 seconds to come this event – full of opportunities for you and your business

  • Thursday 23rd November at Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa
  • Business seminar before lunch – hosted by Inge Dowden

    Social Media in 7 minutes a day.
     
    How to have a presence online without compromising your presence offline.
  • Seminar and coffee from 10am
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Structured 2 course, served, networking lunch 12.30pm – 2pm
  • Lunch speaker – enlightenment and entertainment
  • Superb venue and location 

 

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Business Seminar before the lunch

Being hosted by Inge Dowden

Social Media in 7 minutes a day.
 
How to have a presence online without compromising your presence offline.
 
As a busy business owner you know that there are lots of things you need to do in order to reach your target market. You might go to networking events, do email marketing campaigns, send out direct mail or exhibit at exhibitions. You know that social media is one of the things on that list, but many business owners I know find it difficult to get their head round it and think that they don’t have enough time to do it all.
 
This seminar will show you how you and your business can use social media now and into 2018 to engage and interact with your target market to generate better engagement and increased brand loyalty.

 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional, always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

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THE Networking Lunch

Networking over drinks from 11.45am: sit down at 12.30pm finishing at 2.00pm

  • 11.45am. Arrival for drinks before lunch and Informal networking  All attendees have a name badge, are given the Event Programme complete delegate list, offers, opportunities, networking tips and an aid for your follow up!
  • 12.30pm. Sit down for 2 course served lunch and formal networking at your table – you will sit on a table with 7 or 8 other decision makers – none of whom do what you do – a table host will ensure that each person get at least 3 minutes to introduce themselves and their business and the benefits that it brings to others.
  • 1.30pm – table to table networking – with your delegate list you will be able to locate and introduce yourself to others.  As a member at subsequent events you will be sat with different people
  • 1.40pm – 10 minute Speaker – informative, entertaining and always worthwhile!
  • 2pm The event finishes – no need to rush off.  Your opportunity for continuing your conversations, a one to one, further discussion using the venues facilities

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To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place for Bristol” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

 

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2018 Dates for Bristol Business Network

Delighted to bring you the 2018 dates for the Bristol Business Network events with the availability for seminar hosting and 10 minute speaker slots – members only!
Firstly put these dates in your calendar, app or whatever you use – they are all Wednesdays and we are going to 2 new venues….
Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel – with discounted (by 25%) parking in the Queen Charlotte Street NCP Car Park – up to 4 hours is £9.38 at discounted rate.  Alternatives here
The Cowshed Bristol – parking available in Clifton Down Shopping Centre – up to 4 hours is £5.00   Alternatives here
The Bristol Hotel – parking available in adjacent NCP at 50% discount for those attending – up to 4 hours is £9.38 at discounted rate.  Alternatives here
  • Wednesday January 24th – The Bristol Hotel
  • Wednesday February 21st – Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel
  • Wednesday March 28th – The Cowshed Bristol
  • Wednesday April 25th – The Bristol Hotel
  • Wednesday May 23rd – Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel
  • Wednesday June 27th – The Cowshed Bristol
  • Wednesday July 25th – The Bristol Hotel
  • Wednesday August 22nd – Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel
  • Wednesday September 26th – The Cowshed Bristol
  • Wednesday October 31st – The Bristol Hotel
  • Wednesday November 28th – The Cowshed Bristol
  • Wednesday December 12th – Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel

 

Why would you host a seminar or be the 10 minute speaker?
  • Increases Your Visibility
  • Enables potential customers to see you in action
  • Positions You As An Expert On A Specific Subject.
  • Share knowledge
  • A presentation can be shared on Slideshare (part of LinkedIn)
  • Positions You As An Expert On Related Subjects.
  • Improves Public Speaking Skills
  • Allows You To Educate Others.
  • Enables a 2 way conversation through a Q & A
  • Generates New Business Leads.
  • Deliver something informative, interesting and entertaining
  • Provides Opportunity To Earn Referrals
Seminar hosting and 10 minutes
Business Network SW supplies the room (audience), the coffees, the lunch, the equipment (projector, screen, flip chart), will publicise the event by direct email, website listings and social media. As a seminar host/10 minute speaker you have the opportunity to promote the seminar to your database (templates can be provided) and Business Network SW will handle all bookings, payments etc. All people who wish to attend will have to pay for the event – seminar followed by networking lunch.
If you would like to host a seminar/deliver 10 minutes then please email me
  • a title and a brief paragraph on what you will cover,
  • why people should come
  • what they will take from it
  • the dates that you’d like

 

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place for Bristol” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

 

Booking an event and cancellation.

Once you have booked the event please note – If you cannot attend the event then please give me at least 48 hours notice of cancellation. Any cancellations received with less than 48 hours’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. This is to cover catering and administrative costs related to the event

Alternatively another decision maker from your business can come in your place.

For 2018 Members £32.00 Inc VAT – Visitors £39.00 Inc VAT per person. Events must be paid for in advance.

It’s the I’s and J’s – part 5 of the A-Z of Networking

Hello and welcome

For first timers a brief introduction……

This A-Z has been compiled from sources gathered over the last 25 years – many before Google – it is by no means exhaustive or I trust exhausting; merely something that will help you get more from your networking.

Originally written or should I say compiled as a resource for members of Business Network SW and then developed into a series of seminars.  Now it’s the basis for a number of blog posts which I trust that you will find informative, useful and – dare I say, even worth sharing and ultimately even engage with.

I will serialise in posts over the coming weeks and months and it will develop as more knowledge and wisdom becomes available – which it undoubtedly will!

Here are the I’s and J’s

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In Person – Meeting people face to face is what networking is all about.  Taking the time to go to events and take the opportunity of seeing people in the flesh (business attire) – it’s how business relationships are formed – in fact it’s how relationships are formed.  If you need some research to show the “power of face to face” – the benefits of in person then here we go……..

Based on a survey conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit and Cisco, the majority of business leaders unanimously agree that in-person communication is the most powerful way of sharing information, and is a valuable asset for a successful workplace. The survey was conducted among 862 business leaders to evaluate the impact of more than 30 business processes – shown on the following infographic – view online http://intuitivegroup.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/the-power-of-in-person-infographic/

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I am sure you noted the key words from the infographic – collaboration, understanding, engagement, impact, communication, long term relationships and creating opportunities – networking I do believe!

Inquire about the other person – see Bob Burgs questions C for conversation– be interested about them rather than just be looking to talk about you – or should I say I.

Be “Innovative.” Most companies claim to be innovative. Most people claim to be innovative.  If you are innovative, don’t say it. Prove it. Describe the products you’ve developed. Describe the processes you’ve modified.  Describe how you have helped another business improve.  Give something real so your innovation is unspoken but evident.  It demosnstrates wht you do and shows why your clients work with you.

Invest – Everyone attends networking events for different reasons. Make some time before you arrive to look at what you plan to achieve, who you intend to introduce yourself to and a specific outcome you’d like to walk away with. Investing wisely means your money (and time) will not be wasted.  Invest in others – how can you help those that you meet – see abundance – share knowledge, experience, market intelligence, contacts.  Invest your time in those people who may be new to networking (or just new to the event), those people who may be on their own – they are going to feel much better and so will you and who know’s where the conversation could go and what opportunities could arise.

 

 

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Jargon – don’t use it – it may mean something to you, even the world to you but think about the other person (people) it will sound like gobbledegook.  Put yourself in their shoes and think about how you could explain what you do to an 8-year-old….drop all the words that you use day to day – a great article here from Peter Economy on Inc

And the jargon includes all the acronyms that you may use – NLP, ACA, BDM, AIDA, B2B, B2C, B2E, COO, CEO, CMO, SEO, PPC, PR, EBITDA, RRP, PRP, PPS, VPN etc. etc.

Join in – events have different aspects – seminars, speaker slots, some have support posts – marketing assistant, treasurer, membership etc. – get involved – opportunities will arise.

Join in by helping others to.   If you see someone on their own, looking a bit lost, do go and introduce yourself. They maybe new, nervous and are possibly even a bit scared. A little babysitting will go a long way in putting them at ease and giving them a memorable experience

 

 

Coming next some K’s and L’s……

Thank you for reading this far – the next instalment will be available soon and please feel free to comment, share.

All previous parts are here

Part One of the A-Z 

Networking A-Z part II which is the C’s & D’s  –  C is for conversation & D is for Dale Carnegie

A – Z of networking part 3 – the E’s & F’s 

Part 4 of the Networking A-Z – it’s the G’s & H’s

 

If you would like to connect then you can find me on

LinkedIn

Twitter

Have a great day and enjoy your networking and make it enjoyable and beneficial for those that you meet!

Sean Humby

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Event host – Sean Humby

Director and host – Business Network (SW) – monthly lunch time networking events in the Bristol.

Business Network SW was established in 1993 and has been helping businesses build effective business relationships.

Win/win/win – Bristol Business Network event supporting charities – October 2017

Established in 1993 Business Network SW has hosted over 250 lunchtime  events in Bristol that continue to bring decision makers, partners, directors and business owners together for a business seminar, structured networking lunch and numerous conversations – all to develop and cultivate great business relationships.

The next event………..Win for you

 

  • Wednesday 25th October at The Bristol Hotel
  • Business seminar before lunch – hosted by PeninsulaHR Update for Business Owners

    to give you indispensable tools and knowledge to ensure you are up to scratch with your legal requirements as a business owner.

  • Seminar and coffee from 10am
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Structured 2 course, served, networking lunch 12.30pm – 2pm
  • Lunch speaker – the fantastic Matt Richardsomn
  • Your Investment is £38.00 (Inc. VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks – wine available, event programme, delegate list, dietary requirements are catered for.

Win number 2 – This event is supporting The Jessie May Trust and Stand Against Violence

very simply….. 

1.BNSW will donate £6 of the visitor fee for every visitor that attends and  £2 for every member that attends

2.Any business that Peninsula writes as a result of those attending – 5% of the total business written will be donated

Win 3…..

Seminar before the lunch being hosted by Peninsula

HR Update for Business Owners

The purpose of this seminar is simple… to give you indispensable tools and knowledge to ensure you are up to scratch with your legal requirements as a business owner. This is now more important than ever as on 26th July 2017 The Supreme Court decided that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful, and now employees can take you to court for no charge. Employers need to be vigilant with this as:

  • Anyone who felt they have been treated badly by their employer but could not afford a claim fee, will now have the cost barrier removed and will be able to bring a claim against you.
  • Since 2013, the number of claims reduced by around 79%. It is predicted that this ruling will bring the number of claims back up again.
  • All Employment Tribunal judgements are now available for anyone to see on the internet.
  • The Government have predicted that there will be a significant influx of wages claims, discrimination claims and unfair dismissal claims.
  • Peninsula will provide practical advice, hints and tips on how to reduce the possibility of ending up at a tribunal.

Topics will include

  • Review documents of Employment, contract, handbooks, and policies
  • Manage staff behaviour – performance, attendance, attitude, conduct
  • Fulfil your employer duties – avoid fines, choose the right pension for your business
  • Deal with recent changes in Employment Law; Shared Parental Leave & Overtime in holiday pay
  • Comply with – risk assessments, fire & safety awareness, policies and procedures

Peninsula is the UKs leading HR and Health & Safety company, providing business owners with continual 24/7 support, leaving them with time to focus on business growth and other essential business matters that they are passionate about.

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional, always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

THE Networking Lunch

  • 11.45am. Arrival for drinks before lunch and Informal networking  All attendees have a name badge, are given the Event Programme complete delegate list, offers, opportunities, networking tips and an aid for your follow up!
  • 12.30pm. Sit down for 2 course served lunch and formal networking at your table – you will sit on a table with 7 or 8 other decision makers – none of whom do what you do – a table host will ensure that each person get at least 3 minutes to introduce themselves and their business and the benefits that it brings to others.
  • 1.30pm – table to table networking – with your delegate list you will be able to locate and introduce yourself to others.  As a member at subsequent events you will be sat with different people
  • 1.40pm – 10 minute Speaker – informative, entertaining and always worthwhile! Matt Richardson – Recognition Express
  • 2pm The event finishes – no need to rush off.  Your opportunity for continuing your conversations, a one to one, further discussion using the venues facilities

Remember

This event is supporting The Jessie May Trust and Stand Against Violence very simply….. 

1.BNSW will donate £6 of the visitor fee for every visitor that attends and  £2 for every member that attends
2.Any business that Peninsula writes as a result of those attending – 5% of the total business written will be donated

Finally I would like thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing you on 25th October and you can support your business and the charities! A win/win/win!

 

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place for Bristol” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

 

Best regards

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Sean Humby – event host

Want to know more?

FAQ’s

 

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place for Bristol” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

 

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A-Z Networking Part 4

Hello and welcome

Here’s the G’s and H’s – a few more pictures – feel free to share

And for those people here for the first time, a brief introduction……

This A-Z has been compiled from sources gathered over the last 25 years – many before Google – it is by no means exhaustive or I trust exhausting; merely something that will help you get more from your networking.

Originally written or should I say compiled as a resource for members of Business Network SW and then developed into a series of seminars.  Now it’s the basis for a number of blog posts which I trust that you will find informative, useful and – dare I say, even worth sharing and ultimately even engage with.

I will serialise the whole A-Z in posts over the coming weeks and months and it will develop as more knowledge and wisdom becomes available – which it undoubtedly will!

Previously

A – B

C – D

E – F

G

Be genuine – it is worth a quick look to see what genuine means….thank you Google for the succinct search

Genuine is an adjective meaning truly what something is said to be; authentic. for example “genuine 24-carat gold”
synonyms: authentic, real, actual, original, pukka, bona-fide, true, veritable, unfeigned, unadulterated.

When referring to a person, emotion, or action – sincere.
“a genuine attempt to put things right”
synonyms: sincere, honest, truthful, not hypocritical, meaning what one says, straightforward, direct, frank, candid, open; artless, natural, unaffected, guileless, ingenuous; informal straight, upfront, on the level; informal on the up and up.  for example “she’s a very genuine person”

All of which you should be when you are out networking, in fact should be all the time, it is after all easier to be who you are rather that inventing another persona – in a nutshell no Barry BS!  Say what you mean, and mean what you say.  Smile when the smile is natural, don’t paste on a false smile to fit a situation.

Everyone is better than you at something. Let them be better than you.  Don’t try to win the “getting to know someone” competition. Try to lose. Be complimentary. Be impressed. Admit a failing or a weakness.  Even ask for help!

If someone you meet says, “We just purchased a larger facility,” say, “That’s great!  We’ve wanted to move for a couple years but haven’t been able to put together the financing. How did you do it?”

Don’t be afraid to show a little vulnerability. People may be (momentarily) impressed by the artificial, but people sincerely like the genuine.  Be the real you. People will like the real you.

Gossip – Catching up on local news is imperative to keep abreast of the game. But try to avoid idle chit chat and if you do hear something juicy keep it to yourself! Be careful with this – what may seem positive now could be negative later – put yourself in the shoes of the person/business that is the subject of the gossip – how would you feel if that was you?

These few images sum gossip up very well……

Gracious – Showing kindness and courtesy are memorable qualities.  There are always plenty of opportunities at a networking event and, indeed after one to be gracious – a great way to follow up

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Grievances – Never air a grievance in public.  In fact try not to bear a grudge – it only breeds discontentment…yours. It’s wasted energy that could be redirected into more positive actions.  If you are unhappy with something or someone then deal directly with them, and ideally away from a networking event…..

 

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Handshake – Someone may have taught you to stand tall, square your shoulders, stride purposefully forward, drop your voice a couple of registers, and shake hands with a firm (not too firm!) grip.

Nonverbal self-confidence is a good thing, but if you go too far it could seem like you’re trying to establish your importance.  A quick thought….. “No matter how big a deal you think you are,  are you pale in comparison to say Nelson Mandela!”

Next time you meet someone, relax, step forward, tilt your head towards them slightly, smile, and show that you’re the one who is honoured by the introduction.

There is a superb TED Talk here from Allan Pease 

14 minutes that demonstrates the “power that you have in your palm” and how best to use it.

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Help others – seek way to help others. Genuine people are caring and look for ways, even small ones, to make others happier. Helping others makes you feel good inside. Others will notice your happiness and want to be a part of your life.  Being part of a network you have the opportunity to meet all sorts of people running all sorts of businesses – here’s a Happiness Business

Help, Don’t Sell – When speaking to someone new, don’t immediately switch to sales mode and try to ram your products and services down their throat. It won’t do you any favours. Being helpful and genuinely interested in someone’ s business, and listening to their challenges and giving them advice, is so much more effective. A hard-sell approach isn’t going to work when you are networking; it’s not what people come to hear.

How to network – in short

You can network in lots of different ways – formal, informal, in person, by phone, online … but it is important to remember that you are networking rather than pitching or selling. The people in the room (you talk to, connect with) may not be your clients but someone they know may be.

  • a crystal clear idea of what you do and more importantly the benefits that what you do brings
  • an offer you can express simply and clearly
  • be willing to share – what you know, who you know and who you are – this is all about adding value, Abundance mentality
  • focus on what you can give rather than what you want to get
  • a system for keeping in touch/following up

 

Coming next some I’s and J’s……

Thank you for reading this far – the next instalment will be available soon and please feel free to comment and share.

If you would like to connect then you can find me on

LinkedIn

Twitter

Have a great day and enjoy your networking and make it enjoyable and beneficial for those that you meet!

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Sean Humby – Blog post writer and event host

Sean Humby

 

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To book your place at a future event

Call 01981 540708

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Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

“He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.” – Confucius

A great quote that could have been written about networking!  And very serendipitous as it was on 28/9/551 BC that Confucius was born!

And on 28/9/1066 William the Conqueror landed in Britain….

Plus – 28/9/1928 – Sir Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mould growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin

And finally on 28/9/1836 – Thomas Crapper was born; an English plumber, he invented the ballcock!

And it’s International Right to Know Day!

And it’s also the date for the next Bristol Business Network event at Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa – fabulous city centre venue

  • You benefit from the free business seminar.
  • You will meet other business owners, directors & decision makers over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • You have relationship building conversations over a served, 2 course lunch from 12.30pm
  • Your table is hosted & you don’t sit with anyone who does what you do
  • You get an event programme full of great opportunities, offers and the delegate list.
  • Your dietary requirements can be catered for
  • Back to your office for the afternoon as event finishes at 2pm.

Seminar before lunch – being hosted by Ken Abbott

Photography, Business and the Digital Age

The advent of digital photography and the explosion of the Internet has completely revolutionised the way that business can exploit photography to its advantage.  Gone are the days where only large business with big budgets used photography.  Nowadays even the one person operation needs to think seriously about how they can use photography simply to keep up.

But easy access to affordable and advanced photographic equipment has also brought its downsides.  Everyone thinks they are a photographer now but having the right equipment doesn’t necessarily mean that the result will be a professional image.

An informative and sometimes humorous journey around the world of photography in the digital age

About Ken

As one of Bristol’s foremost photographers with a host of assignments, exhibitions and projects completed and in progress.

Photography is and always has been my passion.  It inspires me like nothing else.  People paint, draw and sculpt but I take photographs because I believe that they capture the world around us like nothing else can.  And do you know the best bit?  It is also my job.  Situations don’t come much sweeter than that.”

 

Followed by THE Networking Lunch

11.45am. Arrival for drinks before lunch; an informal free range networking session

12.30pm. Sit down at your hosted table for 2 course served lunch with coffee and formal networking at your table where you have 3 minutes to explain to the others at the table the benefits that you and your organisation can offer…  3 minute presentation tips here

1.30pm – table to table networking. Your opportunity to go and talk to someone else in the room (the seating plan will help you locate them), continue your conversation or start a new one with someone else on your table.

1.40pm – Speaker – Mark Leveridge – one of the best Professional Strolling Magician’s in the UK

1.50pm – Closing announcements

Event finishes at 2pm – you can still continue to network with the others in the room, maybe set up a follow up meeting. It is a great time to make those appointments or even use the venue facilities to continue your discussions.

Want to know more?

FAQ’s

Cost of event is £38.00 (Inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks, event programme with delegate list, networking tips, event correspondence.  Car parking available in hotel car park on first come first served basis. 

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place for Bristol” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

 

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