Wednesday, December 3, 2014

In-Person Networking Tips to Improve Your Home or Small Business

The Benefits of Networking In-Person

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Stacy Networking at a
Dani Johnson Seminar
With the strong emergence of the internet social media, both in our personal lives and our professional ones, it is no surprise that more and more business owners are relying on digital platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook to help them network with others. With the luxury in which the Internet makes interacting with colleagues simple, it can be easy to forget how important meeting and networking face to face really is. It is important to establish and cultivate relationships to make the most out of your business, and doing so from behind a computer screen can have you missing out on great opportunities.

Make a Good First Impression

It is easy for anyone to write a great email that will impress the person who is reading it, but since everyone has mastered the art of email communication, chances are that message will not make a lasting impression. Since the regularity in which people network in person has diminished in recent years, having a face to face conversation often makes for a better impression than many people realize. The power of a warm smile and firm handshake can be the difference between closing a deal and losing out to a competitor. Not to mention, having a personal interaction with someone will help to further establish the long-lasting relationships that are often needed to make any business successful.

Take Relationships to the Next Level

Chances are there are people within your network that you have only ever communicated with through email or phone conversations. Even though you may think you know these people, the truth is they are still a mystery and a lot gets lost in a conversation when it is not face to face. Networking in-person allows you the unique opportunity to meet people you work with or want to work with and learn more about them. This is key when it comes to meeting and building relationships with others in your industry. Being able to see someone’s reaction to a new product and hearing different inflections in their voice and mannerisms can let you know a lot about what they are thinking. Being able to play to their interests in conversation can help to build a long-lasting relationship, either business or personal.

Make the Time to Take the Time

The excuse that many home or small business owners use for not networking in person is that they do not have the time between running their business and personal life. The truth is that networking within your industry is a huge part of the business’s success, so it is important to make the time to take the time to network. There is no benchmark for the amount of time that should be spent networking, but it is also important to make sure that whatever time you take to do so is meaningful and focused. Even if you only have a half hour to meet a business colleague for lunch, take that time and make it personal with them – if they see that you are focused only on them and the conversation you are having, chances are that 30 minute lunch can turn into a lasting relationship and potential sales boost for your business.

One of the keys to Stacy O'Quinn's success is in using Dani Johnson training to network and meet new people. This helps to build his reputation within the niche and has helped in both business and his online reputation. If you would like to learn more about Stacy and how he can help you using Dani Johnson training techniques, click here.

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