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What do Jimi Hendrix and the A-Z of Networking have in common?

February 21, 2013

Both had their first gig on 20th February!

Jimi Hendrix in 1960 at

and on 20//2/2013 – The A-Z of Networking at Taunton Business Network’s event first ever airing was here

Mount Somerset Hotel, Lower Henlade, Taunton

It was very apt that not only was the 20th Feb had 2 first but that Jimi Hendrix – without knowing it – had a quote that describes networking so well

“Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens” 

Some excerpts from the A-Z – copies will be available soon!

Abundance mentality – If I breathe quicker than you do I deprive you? Covey coined the idea of abundance mentality or abundance mind set, a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and success to share with others. He contrasts it with the scarcity mind set (i.e., destructive and unnecessary competition), which is founded on the idea that, if someone else wins or is successful in a situation, that means you lose; not considering the possibility of all parties winning (in some way or another) in a given situation Individuals with an abundance mentality reject the notion of zero-sum games and are able to celebrate the success of others rather than feel threatened by it

Conversation – networking is about conversations and engagement – 2 way – online and face to face.

Bob Burg’s great questions 10 Feel-Good Questions®

Question #1: “How did you get your start in the ‘widget’ business?”

Question #2: “What do you enjoy most about what you do?”

Question #3: “What separates your company from your competition?”

Question #4: “What advice would you give someone just starting in the widget (his or her) business?”

Question #5: “What one thing would you do with your business if you knew you couldn’t fail?”

Questions 6 onwards

Mind set – what is yours?  What is the attitude you have?

Opportunity – are you using your Optitude – the ability, skill, to spot opportunities – this is not just for you- for the person you are talking/listening to, for someone you know, perhaps something someone has said has triggered something – that’s an opportunity.  Combining Opportunity with what’s new and WOW

Return on Investment – Networking can give you resources that help you build a better business- often at no cost to you.  Please do not get totally hung up on ‘ Have  I got my money’s worth from my subscription’ instead ask yourself  ‘ Have I gained value from being a member’  The people who understand this concept are the true networking winners.  The secret is that networking is a process that requires constant effort and commitment to get the desired results.

Zip, zoom, zest – energy

Among those people who attended the business seminar and THE Networking lunch and benefited were

Richard Haste, Sam Finlay, Rob Cadwallader, Sean Humby , Bex Sinclair, Kate Tennant, Katie Finn, Ken Bird, Jane MacNamara, Steve Skelton , Dudley Hambleton , David Holland, James Ash, Guy Green

From these great businesses

AMICUS, BizVidz, BJ Dixon Walsh, Taunton School, Clarke Willmott LLP, The Castle Hotel, Creme de la Creme Fun Casino, Egret Limited, Higos Insurance Services, Print Guy, Search Consultancy, Evolution, Higher Sites Group Limited

“If my critics saw me walking across the Thames they would say it was because I couldn’t swim” Margaret Thatcher – became Tory leader 20/2/1975

What can Taunton Business Network members offer you…

Matthew Redman – auditel

01278 686956

Free review of your merchant card costs by the UK’s leading, specialist cost and purchase management consultancy.


Sam Findlay – Airhead Animation

0117 322 6011

Videoscribe,  Motion Graphics, Kinetic Text Mixed- Hand Drawn Animation

Animations using Photographs, illustrations, hand drawn illustrations, stock photographs.

Royalty free music, voiceover can be added as appropriate


Dudley Hambleton – Evolution

01392 410759

An introductory psychic/spiritual session (with healing if required) for £25 (half my usual fee) to any member of the Business Network

Facebook: EvolutionExeter






Guy Green – Print Guy

0823 433514

Save money on your printing by using Print Guy High quality, low cost business cards All Business Network (SW) members will receive £10.00 M&S voucher on their first business card order




Tel 01460 249004

A 24/7 company with 5 highly trained and efficient technicians out on the road daily in Somerset and Dorset and a quick response is a specialty.

Buy one get one free on carpet cleaning

01460 249004 or email


Andy Sharman – Somerset West Businesses Against Crime

01823 272277


Latest news from SWBAC

1: Taunton Town Centre Company:

Changes have been made to the set up of the company which means that participation is now more accessible to your business. Previously, the cost of membership was a staggering £1,500 a year. Thanks to our lobbying, the cost of membership has now dropped to just £50 a year. This is your opportunity to ensure that the town centre company is working on behalf of your business and I urge you to consider joining as this is your chance to be the change you seek. I’ve attached copies of application forms for those of you who are interested.

2: Dragon Boat Racing:

June 9th this year will see the first Dragon Boat race take place in Taunton to raise money for Headway Somerset. I’ve had the opportunity to see first hand the work they do, thanks to Business Network South West, and it really is a great cause. Details are attached and I hope that you can get involved in this excellent event. If anyone is interested in participating but is struggling to convince others to join in, I am happy to take details and create teams for you, so please let me know if this floats your boat! This should be an excellent day out drawing huge crowds to the town, so I hope that you can get behind this.

3: Tone FM:

A new local community radio station is about to launch. Tone FM is focused on promoting the local community and that includes businesses. I’ve attached details of advertising rates which will not only promote your business but will keep an exciting community project going – that’s what I call a win-win!

4: St. Andrew’s School:

This local primary school is looking for support for their PALS and SAMS project. Sadly, I’m unable to assist as our funds have run out but I’m hoping that a kind hearted business may be interested in supporting this excellent initiative and do their CSR the power of good at the same time.

Feel free to contact

  Andy Sharman,

Scheme Co-ordinator,

07795 561290

Hugh Graham – The Bid Coach

01963 240555 & 07970 694814

1 hours free consultation to plan your next major presentation or review one from the recent past. In the hour we’ll look at your key messages and the structure & running order of the presentation – think about visuals or other support materials that you could use to enhance your proposals.


Sarah Berry – The Castle at Taunton

01823 272671

An evening with Paul Stockman – Mentalist and Illusionist. Friday 22nd March, 7.00pm. Paul Stockman provides an extremely unique form of entertainment that uses a mixture of Psychology, Suggestion and Intuition to create an evening of suspense and disbelief. Ticket only £15. Ticket with dinner and wine £59.00 Book for 9, get 10th person free! T: 01823 272671

Headway Somerset

General Information

Brain Injury can occur following a traffic accident, fall, blow to the head or illness. It can be sudden and devastating. The lives of those with the brain injury and their loved ones, who may end up being full-time unpaid carers, will be changed for ever.

Headway Somerset is the only organisation of its kind in the county helping brain injury survivors plus their families and carers. It provides specialist support and activities to help people re-learn skills, and gain some new ones, to help them live as independent a life as possible after brain injury.

Taunton Charity Dragon Boat Race

A great new event is coming to Taunton on Sunday 9th June.The Taunton Charity Dragon Boat Race is being run by Headway Somerset and the official Dragon Boat Company.

This is a fantastic opportunity for local schools, shops, companies and organisations to get involved.  There are prizes for the winning team, fundraisers, fancy dress and of course the wooden spoon!

We hope of course that you will raise all of your sponsorship for Headway Somerset but if you have your own chosen charity/organisation you would like to support then 50% of the money raised can go to it provided it is local and offering a service within Somerset.

Join us at our launch event at Miles at The Riverside in Taunton on 7th March 2013 at 4.30pm.  This will be an opportunity to give those interested further details on the event and we will have a great view of the river!

Please contact Alison Mills on 07940 830168 for further info.

For further information call:

Alison Mills                                          Fundraising Manager
01984 656769       07786 120499

“Take time to deliberate;  but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in” –Napoleon Bonaparte
  • 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 be relaxed and comfortable?
  • How about business seminars that can positively impact your business?
  • Would a huge variety of contacts that are 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) Ltd offers senior decision makers, monthly, lunch time, structured and business focused networking events in Exeter, Bristol and Taunton.  

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