Business Networking is simply getting to know, like and trust other business people for the purpose of creating as many win-win relationships as possible. It involves an investment of your time and energy and it’s an invaluable business skill and a critical component in any businesswomen’s toolkit. Read more
Whether you are an owner-operator with a staff of one (and that one is you!) or you have a team of staff most business owners suffer the same problems – they struggle to find enough time in the day, they feel they have to do most of the ‘important’ work themselves and ultimately they often feel ‘alone’. Sound a little like you? Then let me show you how to change that. Read more
The Success Strategy
It’s all very well to say a successful business starts by looking after yourself, but what exactly can you do to make that happen? How do you go about feeling more fulfilled and uplifted, to regain some control?
Tip #1 Brainstorm what makes you feel great and in ‘the happiness zone’
Look at what makes you feel inspired and happy in your life. It may be necessary to go back into the past to remember what really fills you with delight. List everything that you love doing. Then start to integrate these ‘delights’ into your weekly calendar. Read more
Have you ever been in a business networking event, party or something similar and someone has asked you a question about yourself? Like….” So what do you do?”
And the moment you open your mouth to reply you see their eyes glaze over, or they look right through you or even worse at another person that just walked in the room? You just know they stopped listening to you and in fact they are not really that interested in the answer to the question THEY asked in the first place. They are so focused on themselves, who they might connect with, rub shoulders with, be seen with etc that they forget, or perhaps don’t even know, the number ONE rule of networking and the art of building relationships with others: Be genuinely interested in others. Read more
What do you do when you’ve got a strong business, fantastic products, great stories but no idea how to take them out to customers and prospects? That’s the situation Nigel Russell, founder of Holistic Hair, found himself in before he met SocialMediaMgr. Read more
Here’s my personal Top 10 Tips in no particular order as I’m just writing as I go…
1. Send monthly e-mail newsletters
If you send your newsletter less often, people may forget who you are. Keep top of mind to your subscribers. 12 times per year is certainly not too often to keep in contact.
2. Use your name in the ‘From’ line
People don’t like receiving e-mails from strangers or robots so make sure you personalize your e-mail with your name. That way your subscribers will know and trust who it is from. Read more
Have you set any new years resolutions? Chances are if you have, most of them will already be invalid or broken and we are only 15 days into the beginning of 2013.
Goals need to be written down and reviewed regularly, and beginning by reviewing the past year, helps us identify what worked/didn’t work so we can learn what to do next time. If your a small business owner then this planning process becomes even more important – how do you measure success if you don’t know what your aiming for? We are also notorious for moving on after achieving something without haven’t taken the time to review and celebrate what we have accomplished. Read more
1. Conduct a Job Analysis- A Job Analysis is a process used to identify and understand in detail the particular job duties and requirements and the relative importance of these particular duties for a given job. It is the actual job that is being analysed not the person completing the job. At the end of doing this you may realise you actually may only needs someone part time as opposed to full time or vice versa.
2. Create a Job Description and Person Specification- These two tools will allow you to gain a clear understanding of the day to day tasks the new recruit will be undertaking and exactly the right type of person you will need to be able to undertake the tasks. A person specification is a fantastic tool for you to write down exactly what the right “fit” for the team is and if you could find your ideal applicant what skills, experience and qualifications would you like for them to have. A Job Description is now a legal requirement for all employees (so now is a very good time to go and create one for you and your team).
We all look for mentors and role models we aspire to in life and in business. Business networking for women is like a women’s mentoring programme, designed to nurture and support each other in business.
Networking for Women – Using Traditional Methods
We used to learn how to cook by watching and listening to our mums or grandmothers or whoever was the head chef in the family. We can teach each other key business skills using the same methods.
What business networking for women does is provide mentors and role models that help us become fearless in our ventures and enable us to develop and grow our own businesses. Read more
When it comes to the “tipping point” in your business life when you have identified you need business to business networking, then meeting inspirational, like-minded, entrepreneurial women is the place you want to be.
When women come together to connect, interact and share ideas and knowledge real friendships develop, self-belief expands and goals that were once unrealistic suddenly become achievable.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”
If you have got a great business and you want to make sure your dreams become a reality follow these golden rules for business networking for women. Read more