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Busting BNI Myths

Busting BNI Myths - Mon 24 November 2014

It’s always useful to have all the facts before you commit to a networking group or...

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Getting Your Ducks in a Row

Getting Your Ducks in a Row - Tue 11 November 2014

November for many of us means long nights, colder weather and the prospect of Christmas and a new...

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3 Golden Rules

3 Golden Rules - Tue 4 November 2014

Lots of us carry out business networking on a regular basis, so much so that we feel we could do...

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Do you deserve a trick or a treat this Halloween?

Do you deserve a trick or a treat this Halloween? - Mon 20 October 2014

It’s that time of year again: All Hallows eve is around the corner and soon the streets...

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The Unnatural Networker

The Unnatural Networker - Mon 6 October 2014

After a good book, I always feel you should pass on the recommendation to anyone who might enjoy...

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Focus on the small things in life

Focus on the small things in life - Fri 26 September 2014

We all live busy lives and are often guilty of not paying enough attention to the things that...

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5 personality types most commonly encountered in networking

5 personality types most commonly encountered in networking - Mon 22 September 2014

I thought this week that I would comment on an interesting Facebook post that I stumbled across...

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The Business Networking Show 2014

The Business Networking Show 2014 - Thu 11 September 2014

When? Friday 12th September Where? Wolverhampton Racecourse BNI will be in attendance as one of...

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Top 5 Tips for Making the Most Out of Conferences

Top 5 Tips for Making the Most Out of Conferences - Wed 27 August 2014

Conferences can be long and tiring days, and people often don’t go with a clear plan. Lack...

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The Ups and Downs of Being a Shy Networker

The Ups and Downs of Being a Shy Networker - Mon 18 August 2014

There’s nothing wrong with being shy; however, it can be a hindrance when you are trying to...

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In it for the long haul: Business Networking

In it for the long haul: Business Networking - Thu 7 August 2014

Last week I sent out a tweet asking people to send me their BNI highlights. I wanted to hear...

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Ten simple tips on how to deliver your elevator pitch with confidence:

Ten simple tips on how to deliver your elevator pitch with confidence: - Fri 1 August 2014

Positive body language Body language is everything; you are essentially representing your...

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We all make mistakes – So how do we make the most of them?

We all make mistakes – So how do we make the most of them? - Thu 24 July 2014

Someone once said to me –you have to make the most of every experience in your life,...

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Stay Laser Focused in Your Networking

Stay Laser Focused in Your Networking - Wed 16 July 2014

The good old days of business networking required individuals to circulate rooms full of complete...

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Back To Basics

Back To Basics - Wed 9 July 2014

Sometimes we can lose track of our main reasons for doing something. It happens often in the heat...

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Fancy a Coffee?

Fancy a Coffee? - Mon 30 June 2014

Here at BNI we often argue that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only...

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The Ice Breaker

The Ice Breaker - Mon 23 June 2014

For all you lucky extroverts out there an ice breaker isn’t always necessary when meeting...

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Why You Should See Your Business Network as Family

Why You Should See Your Business Network as Family - Fri 6 June 2014

There’s that age old saying: you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your...

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If Networking Is An Art, Are You Banksy?

If Networking Is An Art, Are You Banksy? - Thu 29 May 2014

With rumours of a new Banksy art piece out this week it got me thinking. Banksy has really made...

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Have Confidence In Your Networking

Have Confidence In Your Networking - Thu 15 May 2014

Some of us have too much of it and others not enough. Those of us lucky enough to have the...

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Are You Really Listening?

Are You Really Listening? - Wed 7 May 2014

‘Listening’ is now a popular buzz word among social media networkers. ‘Are you...

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5 Ways to Keep Personally Motivated

5 Ways to Keep Personally Motivated - Thu 24 April 2014

Feeling a bit of a chocolate hangover this week? You wouldn’t be the only one. All that...

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A review of the BNI Directors Conference

A review of the BNI Directors Conference - Mon 14 April 2014

As always the BNI Directors conference was a roaring successAs I mentioned in my previous blog...

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BNI Directors Conference #BNIDC

BNI Directors Conference #BNIDC - Wed 2 April 2014

So here we are again – conference time! Spring is a favourite season for many but...

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Business Networking – Keep it Targeted

Business Networking – Keep it Targeted - Fri 21 March 2014

After reading an interesting Seth Godin blog today, it got me thinking about business networking...

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5 tips for Optimising Your LinkedIn Profile for Business

5 tips for Optimising Your LinkedIn Profile for Business - Thu 13 March 2014

Offline networking is still very much alive – we still need to attend networking meetings...

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It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it.

It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it. - Mon 3 March 2014

On my way to a meeting the other day a song came on the radio which had the lines...

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Will playing a sport help my networking?

Will playing a sport help my networking? - Tue 18 February 2014

There was an interesting article on the BBC website last year that looked at whether women were...

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International Networking Week

International Networking Week - Wed 5 February 2014

This week is a pretty special one in the business networking calendar. We have a whole week...

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When 99% isn't good enough

When 99% isn't good enough - Fri 24 January 2014

It sounds like rather a tough statement – 99% not being good enough. If as a child you...

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The BNI stats to prove it…

The BNI stats to prove it… - Thu 16 January 2014

Networking is a bit like social media – it takes up a fair amount of time and some...

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Business Networking In January

Business Networking In January - Thu 9 January 2014

New Year, New You – sound familiar?  You might have seen this saying a lot over the...

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2014 a year for Givers Gain

2014 a year for Givers Gain - Tue 24 December 2013

2013 has been a great year for BNI. The Build a Better Business Conference was a huge success and...

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Some Christmas Networking Notes

Some Christmas Networking Notes - Wed 11 December 2013

It’s impossible to write a business networking blog post this far into December that...

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Storytelling in the workplace

Storytelling in the workplace - Tue 3 December 2013

Once upon a time there was a lady called Laura…..who toiled every day, searching for new...

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5 Business Networking Benefits

5 Business Networking Benefits - Mon 25 November 2013

Dedicating time to business networking is something we know we should all do. Attending a...

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BNI Foundation

BNI Foundation - Thu 14 November 2013

After a whirlwind trip to Long beach, California, for the BNI International Directors Conference...

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Recognition in the workplace

Recognition in the workplace - Tue 5 November 2013

For those of you who are parents, you’ll be well aware of how important praise is in your...

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Office jargon - one phrase that we can’t kick to the curb

Office jargon - one phrase that we can’t kick to the curb - Fri 25 October 2013

We all laugh about it, take the mickey out of it and then go on to use it! As Justin Webb from...

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Build a Better Business Conference 2013 – A Recap

Build a Better Business Conference 2013 – A Recap - Tue 15 October 2013

Now I have had a few days to recover from a fantastic day on Friday at the Build a Better...

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BNI UK & Ireland Members App

BNI UK & Ireland Members App - Tue 8 October 2013

This week marks the launch of the brand new BNI UK & Ireland members app. If you’re...

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Build A Better Conference 2013

Build A Better Conference 2013 - Thu 26 September 2013

This week I’m writing a blog post to raise awareness for ‘The Build A Better...

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What can we learn from ants?

What can we learn from ants? - Mon 16 September 2013

We often hear and apply common sayings such as; ‘Safety in numbers’ ‘Two...

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5 Things for BNI members to do this month

5 Things for BNI members to do this month - Thu 5 September 2013

It’s easy to slip into a comfortable networking routine of attending BNI breakfast...

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The importance of being a good communicator

The importance of being a good communicator - Fri 30 August 2013

We all know the basics of a good networker – they attend good networking...

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Creating a client referral program

Creating a client referral program - Mon 19 August 2013

In this recommendation era that we live in – we live for referrals! They offer credibility...

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How to get those social media sceptics on board with online business networking

How to get those social media sceptics on board with online business networking - Tue 6 August 2013

We’ve all met them, know them or are them! Social media sceptics are everywhere, people...

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The Importance of a visitor

The Importance of a visitor - Wed 24 July 2013

When you have a guest in your home, you want them to feel welcome and looked after. Guests are...

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Keep the enthusiasm up

Keep the enthusiasm up - Tue 9 July 2013

Feeling the heat? Brits love to whinge about the weather – usually that it’s too...

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3 tips to get your business networking sizzling this summer

3 tips to get your business networking sizzling this summer - Fri 28 June 2013

Tip 1. Get comfortable with how networking worksGet to grips with the business networking...

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Online networking for businesses – LinkedIn

Online networking for businesses – LinkedIn - Fri 21 June 2013

LinkedIn is the ‘professional’s’ social network – where people come, not...

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Dr Ivan Misner is in Town

Dr Ivan Misner is in Town - Mon 17 June 2013

This October BNI is bringing you the one and only Dr Ivan Misner!For the first time in three...

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What do you do?

What do you do? - Tue 11 June 2013

Sounds like an easy enough question right? A question, that as adults, we tend to get asked...

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Busting Some Networking Myths

Busting Some Networking Myths - Fri 24 May 2013

Business Networking is something that most of us working in the business world understand and...

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Being Visible on LinkedIn - Some Tips

Being Visible on LinkedIn - Some Tips - Wed 15 May 2013

With more than 10 million UK members and more than 200 million globally, LinkedIn is an extremely...

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The Importance of Engagement in Business networking

The Importance of Engagement in Business networking - Fri 3 May 2013

After a fantastic BNI directors conference – I’ve had some time to reflect on the...

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Back to the Fundamentals of Business Networking

Back to the Fundamentals of Business Networking - Wed 24 April 2013

Organisations such as BNI are a great way for individuals to ensure that networking is part of...

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5 Networking No No's

5 Networking No No's - Fri 5 April 2013

We often hear and give ‘how to’ networking advice online but this week I thought...

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#BNIDC – Be Social in Your Conference Planning.

#BNIDC – Be Social in Your Conference Planning. - Tue 26 March 2013

It’s that time of year again – BNI Directors Conference time! Although the weather...

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Women vs. Men in Networking

Women vs. Men in Networking - Fri 15 March 2013

 With International Women’s day behind us (it was last week for any of you females that...

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What to do after you leave a networking event

What to do after you leave a networking event - Mon 11 March 2013

When talking and thinking about ‘networking’ the first thing that pops into...

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Attending a Conference this year? Be sure to maximise your time

Attending a Conference this year? Be sure to maximise your time - Tue 26 February 2013

 Attending a conference is a great networking opportunity, a chance to mingle with your...

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Networking on Twitter – 5 tips

Networking on Twitter – 5 tips - Thu 7 February 2013

Use your portfolio on Twitter like a business card. You are given a short space for a bio at...

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Blogging and Networking

Blogging and Networking - Thu 24 January 2013

 Two questions for you this weekAre you a networker? If so …do you have a blog?If the...

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A New Year’s Resolution…. 5 Basic Ways To Get The Most Out Of LinkedIn

A New Year’s Resolution…. 5 Basic Ways To Get The Most Out Of LinkedIn - Fri 11 January 2013

Happy New Year to all and hope everyone had a good break! With a new year ahead of us it’s...

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BNI 2012

BNI 2012 - Wed 9 January 2013

 As 2012 is now officially over – I find myself reflecting on a fantastic year for...

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Season Of Giving – Givers Gain

Season Of Giving – Givers Gain - Mon 17 December 2012

‘Tis the season of good will so make an effort to be even more generous with your...

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Business Cards – An important networking investment

Business Cards – An important networking investment - Wed 5 December 2012

The Business Card – a small rectangular object holding all the possible information that any...

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Be Prepared for the Christmas Networking Season

Be Prepared for the Christmas Networking Season - Tue 27 November 2012

It’s that time of year again – it’s less than a month until Christmas and the...

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Your reputation is everything in networking – keep it intact

Your reputation is everything in networking – keep it intact - Fri 16 November 2012

The official definition of reputation is –   ‘the opinion that people in...

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Writing Your '60 seconds pitch'

Writing Your '60 seconds pitch' - Fri 2 November 2012

 Firstly let’s quickly sum up what your 60 second pitch exactly is - At BNI, we...

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Some Halloween Inspired Networking

Some Halloween Inspired Networking - Tue 30 October 2012

 Get into the spirit this Halloween and learn how to stalk professionally!Halloween isn’t...

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Ten Networking Principles

Ten Networking Principles - Mon 22 October 2012

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing – be it face to face networking, training,...

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Leveraging LinkedIn

Leveraging LinkedIn - Mon 15 October 2012

Often branded as ‘The Professionals’ Facebook’ – over the years...

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Communication Skills In Networking

Communication Skills In Networking - Tue 9 October 2012

Whether we are face to face with someone, on the telephone or online - how we begin, maintain and...

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5 Tips on How to Network Better on Social Media

5 Tips on How to Network Better on Social Media - Tue 2 October 2012

Networking online and through social media can be very effective. I’ve discussed in...

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How to keep the passion alive in your business

How to keep the passion alive in your business - Fri 21 September 2012

Life can be monotonous at times, we can’t have exciting and dramatic days every day....

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Networking Through Lunch

Networking Through Lunch - Mon 17 September 2012

It’s always a tempting idea to meet up for lunch with a networking contact or referral...

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Authenticity in Networking

Authenticity in Networking - Thu 6 September 2012

Last week I wrote a blog post about the importance of being consistent in our networking efforts,...

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Consistency in Networking

Consistency in Networking - Tue 28 August 2012

Building a network of contacts doesn’t happen overnight and it isn’t something that you...

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Networking like an Olympian – team #BNI

Networking like an Olympian – team #BNI - Wed 15 August 2012

I was lucky enough to be one of the many spectators that descended on the Olympic park over the...

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Taking online networking efforts offline – organising a Tweet up

Taking online networking efforts offline – organising a Tweet up - Tue 7 August 2012

Insuring your LinkedIn profile and Twitter efforts are up to speed is important but it’s...

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Creating and Promoting an Event on LinkedIn

Creating and Promoting an Event on LinkedIn - Mon 30 July 2012

LinkedIn has an events application that could prove to be very handy for organising networking...

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The Power of Testimonials

The Power of Testimonials - Mon 16 July 2012

Stephanie Kleyman is a lawyer from Zorrow Law Ltd and is in our BNI Commonwealth chapter....

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It’s all in the follow up – how do you follow up leads after a networking event?

It’s all in the follow up – how do you follow up leads after a networking event? - Fri 6 July 2012

When you go to a networking event, the aim of the game is to scope out potential business...

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Would you refer yourself?

Would you refer yourself? - Mon 2 July 2012

This week’s blog post is asking all networkers and business entrepreneurs out there to take...

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Why is networking so important to businesses?

Why is networking so important to businesses? - Mon 25 June 2012

 So why is networking so important to businesses.It seems an obvious question that has been...

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BNI news from the capital

BNI news from the capital - Thu 14 June 2012

This week I thought I’d give you some important BNI News from the Capital BNI have an...

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Why the hashtag is so useful for networking events

Why the hashtag is so useful for networking events - Wed 6 June 2012

On a keyboard, or phone keypad – we’re all used to seeing a hash sign, #.  On...

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It may be 2012 but we still need to meet in person...

It may be 2012 but we still need to meet in person... - Mon 21 May 2012

Networking has slotted very easily into the ‘digital age’  - We are very lucky...

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The Importance of Blogging

The Importance of Blogging - Mon 14 May 2012

Any of you tweeters out there that track all the usual networking keywords on Twitter (see my...

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BNIEC - A round up

BNIEC - A round up - Fri 4 May 2012

After a whirlwind two weeks – I thought it only appropriate to de brief on the BNI European...

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Business Etiquette in Networking – remember the fundamentals

Business Etiquette in Networking – remember the fundamentals - Fri 20 April 2012

With the use of social media platforms, like Twitter and Linked In, we have found ourselves...

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Will it be networking as usual during the Olympics?

Will it be networking as usual during the Olympics? - Tue 17 April 2012

With the Olympics and  Queen’s Jubilee fast approaching, we’re starting to hear...

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Networking Keywords

Networking Keywords - Fri 30 March 2012

With networking become more and more social – most of us are using Twitter, LinkedIn and...

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Givers Gain - Explained

Givers Gain - Explained - Fri 23 March 2012

Having just returned from a trip to Norway where I spoke at the BNI members in Skien, Trondheim...

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Networking – don’t switch off

Networking – don’t switch off - Mon 19 March 2012

When watching a school play, the most amusing part of the experience can be watching the back row...

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10 Reasons why you should join a BNI Networking group today

10 Reasons why you should join a BNI Networking group today - Fri 9 March 2012

10 Reasons why you should join a BNI Networking group today Perhaps you’re having doubts...

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BNI European Directors Conference 2012 – let’s make it social

BNI European Directors Conference 2012 – let’s make it social - Mon 5 March 2012

I thought I would write a blog post this week about this year’s BNI European Directors...

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Insight to the 4 Key Ways to grow your business

Insight to the 4 Key Ways to grow your business - Thu 23 February 2012

 Most of us, as business owners spend time looking at different ways to try and grow our...

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Business Networking and Sex

Business Networking and Sex - Fri 10 February 2012

This week has seen the major success of ‘Business Networking and Sex’ - hitting...

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The importance of video when building your own personal brand

The importance of video when building your own personal brand - Fri 3 February 2012

I’ve discussed in previous blog entries the importance of leveraging LinkedIn and social...

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Black Belt Networking

Black Belt Networking - Fri 27 January 2012

I’ve talked a lot about how to prepare for networking events and things that we need to...

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Some tips to help you make the right first impression

Some tips to help you make the right first impression - Thu 19 January 2012

 Making a good first impression is important in all walks of life – as humans we tend...

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Networking is moving with the times - but can we forget the past?

Networking is moving with the times - but can we forget the past? - Fri 13 January 2012

This week the BBC featured a very interesting article on their website that weighed up...

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Networking Meetings - breakfast vs lunch

Networking Meetings - breakfast vs lunch - Wed 4 January 2012

I recently read a blog via Twitter - putting forward the argument that lunchtime network meetings...

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Some Networking Commandments to Survive the Christmas Networking Season

Some Networking Commandments to Survive the Christmas Networking Season - Thu 15 December 2011

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly’….but not too jolly when it comes to networking...

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Hi Tech vs High Touch

Hi Tech vs High Touch - Wed 7 December 2011

We've all done it.   We know the flavour of the event is networking, however...whilst...

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Less talking more listening...

Less talking more listening... - Tue 29 November 2011

As a professional business networker, over the years I've had the opportunity to observe and...

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Reconnecting with old networking contacts

Reconnecting with old networking contacts - Wed 16 November 2011

If you’re anything like me then the ever growing pile of business cards on your desk can...

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Over ‘net’working can be hazardous...strike the right balance

Over ‘net’working can be hazardous...strike the right balance - Mon 7 November 2011

Given that my business focuses on developing and growing businesses through effective business...

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Get Connected Event - Expedition to Kenya

Get Connected Event - Expedition to Kenya - Thu 3 November 2011

  Get Adventurous: Easter Community Expedition to Kenya Make 2012 the year you make a...

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Get Connected Event - Expedition to Kenya

Get Connected Event - Expedition to Kenya - Thu 3 November 2011

 Get Adventurous: Easter Community Expedition to Kenya Make 2012 the year you make a...

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7 tried and tested successful business networking tips…

7 tried and tested successful business networking tips… - Fri 21 October 2011

As a professional business networker, with a genuine talent for matching businesses to develop...

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Men vs Women in Networking

Men vs Women in Networking - Fri 14 October 2011

 Men vs Women in Networking The skills and strategies required for good networking apply...

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Understanding Personality Types

Understanding Personality Types - Fri 7 October 2011

As a networker and a director for #BNI – people are a passion of mine, understanding how...

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Making The Most Of Every Business Meeting

Making The Most Of Every Business Meeting - Fri 30 September 2011

Business meetings vary in size, scale and purpose. It may be that you’ve been working hard...

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Networking – don’t forget you say as much with your body as you do with your mouth

Networking – don’t forget you say as much with your body as you do with your mouth - Thu 22 September 2011

As recently cited by the new Dragon, Hilary Devey, on last week’s program,...

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How prepared are you for business networking?

How prepared are you for business networking? - Fri 16 September 2011

When delivering a presentation or doing some public speaking – then the mantra is always...

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How I am using LinkedIn by a prolific off line networker

How I am using LinkedIn by a prolific off line networker - Thu 8 September 2011

As a director of BNI I'm extremely proactive in the world of offline networking. In fact, in an...

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Is Business Networking part of your Marketing Mix?

Is Business Networking part of your Marketing Mix? - Wed 31 August 2011

In austere times we all knuckle down to endeavour to generate as much new business as possible....

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Tips for overcoming public speaking fears

Tips for overcoming public speaking fears - Mon 22 August 2011

Many people I meet are keen to do more networking to generate new business - however, often their...

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My top 5 tips for leveraging every networking activity

My top 5 tips for leveraging every networking activity - Fri 12 August 2011

As a BNI (Business Networking International) Director, I am someone who has completely immersed...

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