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Tremendous Top Tips from Bristol Business Network

June 22, 2012

The seminar before the Networking lunch was brilliantly facilitated by Jill Green – Focus Forum

Many thanks to all the participants for sharing their experiences and questions, for listening and for contributing to this Top Ten list.

“Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens….” Jimi Hendrix

Wisdom from participants at the Business Network SW – Bristol Seminar June 2012

1. When writing or sending information to prospects, say in the letter that you will phone within a specified time frame to check that the information has been received, answer questions etc. This helps you by making you accountable to the follow up process, lets the prospect know to expect your call, and is more likely to get you past any gate keeper.

2. Build on your strengths.

3. Be clear about what you offer, and offer what you are good at!

4. Time management: If you are struggling to get things done, set a timer for 30 mins, and challenge yourself to get something done/started/finished in that time. It’s amazing what you can do in 30 minutes.

5. Have targets. Be clear about WHY you are doing something. Review and assess the results so you learn and grow.

6. Build strategic partnerships.

7. COST is a function of the VALUE that you deliver, not the price you charge.

8. Continue to evaluate how you best add value to your business, by working to your strengths whilst achieving your life goals.

9. Keep a gratitude journal. At the end of each day, take time to think about and record 3 things for which you are grateful…. Whether it is a massive new contract, doing 10 minutes of filing that you have been putting off, a kindly word or a blackbird’s song…. huge, tiny, spiritual, factual, giving, receiving… it’s whatever matters to you! Call your journal what you want.. “Happiness Log”, “What’s Better Book”, “ Good Things” are a few examples. Don’t get so caught up in “doing” that you forget to smell the roses!

10. Never be afraid to ask for help!

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