Networking

Treating Your Customers to a Good "Networking" Time

About a year ago I was asked to help develop an event for Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Interestingly enough, the idea was to plan a networking event for interior designers, architects other trade people and friends. Usually events seem to be about “selling things” but this was more about helping others build their businesses . The event was the idea of John Hoffman, general manager of Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs, , “We really appreciate our area interior designers and customers in general,” says John. “They create business for us and it would be nice if we could do something to help them grow their business. We see our relationship with our customers as a partnership and we are happy to add a little extra to the relationship. We have been very successful with these events in the past but it’s time to try something new.

Join Me for Thanksgiving Festivities on Facebook!

There's a party happening right now on my Facebook page today and through tomorrow. Call it my "Virtual Thanksgiving Day Festivities," and you're invited! Come on over and post recipes, share stories of Thanksgivings past, post images and video and connect with your fellow friends.  I truly hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving …

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Want To Do More Business? Get Out and Attend That Business Networking Event

As a business consultant, I often talk with businesses owners and salespeople about the importance of networking: basically getting out and meeting people. Unfortunately many people aren’t too positive about the whole idea. They tell me it’s a lot of work, they don’t know what to say and they won’t know anyone at the event. I would say yes to a couple of them—it does take work and you might not know anyone. But as Woody Allen once said, “90% of success is just showing up.”

You Never Know Where the Next Best Idea is Going to Come From

In Search of New Sources of Revenue Like many of you, I am working harder than ever to maintain the level of business this year versus last. As I work on the core of my business – consulting, training, writing books, etc. – I am always searching for new revenue streams.  Who isn’t looking to …

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A Homecoming Can Be All That You Make It and More

Several weeks ago I was invited to speak at Carpet Network’s Homecoming 2009 in San Antonio, TX. Carpet Network is a shop-at-home franchise founded in the early 90s by Christine and Lenny Rankin. At the time they had a very successful floor covering store and decided to take their concept to the next level. It …

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Want to Give Back to Your Community? Try Your Local Chamber of Commerce

What do you know about your Chamber and how often do you go? I’m guilty of not participating; many reasons but my excuse is  because of my travel schedule which changes every week. Like many other small businesses, we are lucky enough to get our health insurance through our chamber and that’s where it ends. …

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Keep On Top of Industry Trends at Surfaces 2009

Once again, Surfaces 2009 is just around the corner! This year, interactive technology makes it so much easier for you to organize yourself before the show. The digital brochure (an incredible piece of software engineering, I must say) can be downloaded to your phone, and you can make appointments online. As usual, Carol Wilkins, Conference …

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