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How to Build Your Business Via Networking

“How Be Generous

Recognition is an act of generosity in my opinion. One that resonates with most people. In my experience, people will out-perform your wildest expectations when you reward and recognise them.

So that said, who can you give a shout-out to this week? Can you, "Do it now?" As Thomas Guthrie said, "It is not safe to leave a generous feeling to the cooling influences of the world." This is powerful advice! Read more on the power of now.

What will you do now?

Networking Strategy

Being generous spirited is a super networking strategy. The fundamental rule is that any observation or compliment you choose to make, has to be based in truth. Flattery is shallow, genuine praise on the other hand makes business sense.

Boost Their Social Media Standings

Have an all round approach to good finding. When was the last time you recommended someone on LinkedIn for example? I don't just mean a lazy like 👍or endorsement. Instead go out of your way to identify clients and colleagues who give excellent service and praise them publicly. When you make someone else feel good it does wonders for your self-esteem.
 

I recently endorsed David Morrison who is a Business Manager at Barclay's Bank. It read: "David Morrison has a deep understanding of both face-to-face and online business development. Recently, he posted a LinkedIn update which resulted in well over a thousand likes. Being a savvy networker he then took the initiative to follow-up with the people who had commented. 

Subsequently, David and I arranged to meet for breakfast in Edinburgh. It was a uncommon pleasure to find a man who is congruent with his virtual friendly approach. David’s willingness to help people and businesses connect, stems from being a genuinely decent guy. I look forward to working alongside him in the future and recommend that you find out more about how he may be able to assist you and your company."

Be a good finder!

Audrey Hepburn's wisdom states;

  • "For beautiful eyes,
  • look for the good in others,
  • for beautiful lips,
  • speak only words of kindness,
  • and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

Begin with Number One

Start with your own mirror. Before attending any event that involves business development via networking, boost your own self-image by talking positive thoughts into your head. Such as, "I am a talented xxx (insert your job title) I will help people at the meeting today. People enjoy spending time in my company because I make interesting conversation."

Networking Podcast


This interview with my colleague Jane Adshead-Grant, shares clever tips on how to make the most of your networking. It's a 7-minute recording. Just drop me a line if you'd like a transcript of the audio.  

The Ted Talk


A regular feature to my ezines is a personal "Ted Talk" recommendation. Here's a Dan Pink favourite, "The Puzzle of Motivation." Listen in for illuminating stories... a confession... and the candle story. It might turn around your thinking.

A Free Gift

Good Morning Gorgeous is one of my most popular keynote stories. It tells of The Klingon. It ends on TGIF! This story helps people to explore confidence and self-esteem. I share strategies on how to overcome issues surrounding lack of self-belief. I encourage my clients/delegates to look for the good in others... and very importantly, in themselves. If you'd this new jazzy new Confidence Now grab it FREE. It's an abridged version of my book  "Confidence the 7 Keys to your Happiness..." which is available on Lulu today.

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This content may be freely re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line - "This information was written by Eilidh Milnes. It originally appeared in "Confidence Strategies" her e-letter, available at www.captain-positive.com." Thank you. 

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