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Better Networker

David Fraser, PhD

  • Wasting energy?

    Wasting energy?

    We all like a bit of freedom—the chance to act on our own initiative. Much of the time that’s a good thing. Recently, however, I’ve been noticing just how much energy can be wasted if everyone is pulling in different directions in an organisati…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 7:22am -
  • Learning or doing, which is the priority?

    Learning or doing, which is the priority?

    We need to keep learning e.g. about people; and we need to keep doing or delivering e.g. in a business. So which is more important? Delivering perhaps (it’s certainly likely to be more urgent), but what if the delivery is weak because we haven’t…
    - 89 days ago, 21 Aug 17, 5:00am -
  • Refined or just reticent?

    Refined or just reticent?

    Or is it just natural human reticence that most of us could do with overcoming (though some were never troubled in this way)? For many, we need to work at putting ourselves out there to be judged. It’s uncomfortable, or seems so at first. But argua…
    - 11 Apr 17, 5:00am -
  • The subtlety is the point

    The subtlety is the point

    Many situations seem to require being focused and broad at the same time; being specialist as well as generalist. That appears to be a contradiction, a dichotomy—one that needs very careful handling if a group of people is involved, and a considera…
    - 13 Mar 17, 5:00am -
  • Setting and defending boundaries

    Setting and defending boundaries

    Flexibility is a good thing. However… Sometimes—and about some things—we need to be inflexible: We need to have boundaries. We need to decide what we are going to accept and what we are not going to accept. Actually, we probably already know, d…
    - 27 Feb 17, 5:50am -
  • Separating learning and evaluating

    Separating learning and evaluating

    Learning something isn’t the same as accepting it, necessarily. We don’t have to commit to agreeing with something before, or even as, we learn it. And often we can’t evaluate some new piece of knowledge or a new skill properly until we have th…
    - 20 Feb 17, 6:07am -
  • We want a thriller not a thesis

    We want a thriller not a thesis

    Like it or not, we find it hard to engage with dry, factual, objective communication. We need the information, of course, but nevertheless we find a “thesis” hard to access and to assimilate. Instead, even though we know we maybe shouldn’t, we…
    - 13 Feb 17, 6:39am -
  • To be a critical friend you need to start by being a friend

    To be a critical friend you need to start by being a friend

    The phrase “critical friend” is sometimes used to describe the role of a trusted adviser and, in particular, one who is prepared to tell you something you might not really want to hear—but do need to hear. The role is reasonably widely understo…
    - 6 Feb 17, 4:00am -
  • Does delegation go up or down?

    Does delegation go up or down?

    Does delegation mostly go up or down your organisation? Seriously. The art of effective delegation is perhaps the poor relation of management and leadership practice—not very exciting to study—but nevertheless very important. So often, I meet lea…
    - 30 Jan 17, 4:00am -
  • Much easier to shut down initiative than get it going

    Much easier to shut down initiative than get it going

    I think we underestimate this asymmetry. The taking of initiative by team members can be a fragile thing. It’s much, much easier to shut it down than get it going in the first place. The truth is we really don’t need to worry that we can stop som…
    - 23 Jan 17, 4:00am -

Just Professionals

  • A Quick way to Find your Contacts on Twitter

    A Quick way to Find your Contacts on Twitter

    If you haven’t done this yet it’s a really good way to get connected to your customers and associates on twitter. I used my iPhone Twitter App to do this – it should also work in the iPad or maybe even Windows 8 even at a push. If you use a dif…
    - 2 Jul 14, 11:55am -
  • The Building Awards – OK so its not a big thing

    The Building Awards – OK so its not a big thing

    Ok so its not a big thing right. It’s twitter. Well yes, it is a big thing, it’s the Building Awards. The Building Awards ‘celebrates and rewards excellence and outstanding performance in the UK construction industry’. As far as I can tell it…
    - 3 Apr 14, 4:29am -
  • LinkedIn to drop Products and Services from Company Pages – what now?

    LinkedIn to drop Products and Services from Company Pages – what now?

    From April 14th LinkedIn will no longer support product and services pages on Linkedin Company Pages, they announced today. In a Help Centre Article ‘Company Pages Products & Services Page – No Longer Supported’ Linkedin explain that the Produc…
    - 31 Mar 14, 4:27am -
  • Buffer scheduling tool has been hacked – what to do if you use it

    Buffer scheduling tool has been hacked – what to do if you use it

    If you’re using Buffer to schedule messages to Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or Google+ you need to know that this afternoon UK time they announced that their system had been compromised. There’s an article in Techcrunch describing what has happene…
    - 26 Oct 13, 4:24pm -
  • Avoid MyBizCard – but don’t blame the messenger

    Avoid MyBizCard – but don’t blame the messenger

    Have you started getting messages on Linkedin saying, ‘John Smith [or whoever] has requested your Opinion’? The text of the message is something like this: Hello, I’d like to request 10 seconds of your time to leave me a quick rating here: [Lin…
    - 3 Jul 13, 12:10pm -
  • More Twitter Phishing messages – June 2013

    More Twitter Phishing messages – June 2013

    This morning I’ve checked twitter and see that half a dozen people I follow have sent me direct messages (DMs – the private messages) containing the same message: “OMG, who the f*ck shared this of me. I am so p*ssed.” As you know I’ve writt…
    - 3 Jun 13, 4:17am -
  • Linkedin new Privacy Policy

    Linkedin new Privacy Policy

    Linked introduced a new privacy policy yesterday – you will have had an email about it, might have seen the video. You can read the whole policy here. Linkedin has also blogged about it. Looking at what commentators are writing (and few have writte…
    - 14 May 13, 3:41am -
  • Linkedin launches Mentions feature

    Linkedin launches Mentions feature

    Linkedin has just (as of 4 April) quietly launched a ‘mentions’ feature on Linkedin status updates. Just like in Facebook, you can now start typing the name of one of your contacts to connect them to a status update you are preparing. This is wha…
    - 7 Apr 13, 2:44am -
  • Linkedin Discontinues Applications

    Linkedin Discontinues Applications

    As part of the new profile work I’ve mentioned beore, Linkedin has also started to discontinue its applications. What does this mean for you? The Applications, or Apps, were what Linkedin used to increase its functionality and interact with other p…
    - 4 Mar 13, 7:48am -
  • 2013 Training Programme Update: Strategy, Linkedin, Twitter

    2013 Training Programme Update: Strategy, Linkedin, Twitter

    Here are the dates and details of further training sessions this year. Social Media Strategy in a (half) Day Monday 11 March – As the February session went so well we’ve squeezed in another date at Herman Miller. More Information and Booking Her…
    - 4 Mar 13, 3:25am -

MeetingWave

  • How to Network When You Have Just Started Working As a Financial Planner or Life Insurance Agent
    There is a companion article to this one titled “How Not to Network When You’ve Just Started Working as a Financial Planner or Insurance Agent.” It is vital that as a new financial planner or insurance agent that you not sell, don’t talk abou…
    - 12 Feb 13, 7:22am -
  • Use Bribery to Get People to Show Up at Your Meetings and Business Club Events
    Even more frustrating than getting people to RSVP to your events is to get them to show up. As a person who has spent seven years planning and promoting business-to-business events.No related posts.Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Rel…
    - 21 Jan 13, 1:33am -
  • Networking Success Strategy: Set Up Your Overall Goals to Know Your Next Actions
    If you’re a business owner, salesperson, or independent agent, you know that the bottom line result you need from networking is to positively influence your business. If you want to achieve those results, then you need to have some overall goals fo…
    - 14 Jan 13, 1:44am -
  • Four Ways to Build Attendance at Your Business Networking Events
    When you’re a membership or events director, networking group manager, or other event planner, coming up with ideas for events is the easy part. Get people to attend is the hard part. Success comes to those who suit up and show up, but even the mos…
    - 7 Jan 13, 2:03am -
  • Taking Your Performance to the Next Level With the Fittest Man on the Planet
    I have to admit that I didn’t know who Dean Karnazes was when I saw that he was the guest speaker for the Trail of Two Cities Marathon this past November. But after I read his bio and saw what he had accomplished, I was looking forward to hearing h…
    - 31 Dec 12, 1:57am -
  • Networking Tips: Two More Ways to Meet New People
    For those who are new to business networking, one of the more daunting parts can be meeting new people. They wonder, “How do I meet people? Just go to a networking event and walk up and stick my hand out?” Well, yes. That is one way and it should…
    - 24 Dec 12, 1:30am -
  • How to Learn Business to Business Networking Skills From the Network Marketing Industry
    Are you a small business owner who goes to networking events with some hesitation because you don’t want to run into network marketers? Or maybe you don’t go at all because you’ve been hit up for business by someone in direct sales? Instead of…
    - 17 Dec 12, 12:59am -
  • How to Get Involved in Your Community
    When residents, business owners and even tourists get involved in a community, they make it a better place to live in, do business with and visit. If you want to play a positive role in the future of your neighborhood, city or region here’s a simpl…
    - 10 Dec 12, 1:23am -
  • 15 Free Tools To Help Your Business
    Small businesses owners must find ways in a depressed economy to lower costs and operate more effectively. With the advent of many new online tools, companies can get the assistance they need at a low cost or for free. The free online business can he…
    - 22 Nov 12, 7:42am -
  • Three Social Media Trends Impacting Face to Face Business Networking
    At first, social media was purely social. And then businesses discovered the power of social networking. They jumped on board, made some mistakes and finally settled down to make a serious impact on their bottom line. All this happened a long, long t…
    - 19 Nov 12, 12:51am -

Networking for Work

Society of Socialpreneurs

  • We Have Moved to WordPress!

    We Have Moved to WordPress!

    We have moved to WordPress!  Please come and visit us at www.societyofsocialpreneurs.com.Follow us on Twitter @socialpreneursVisit us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/societyofsocialpreneurs 
    - 2 Nov 11, 3:49pm -
  • All About Giveaways Tuesday & Tuesday Blog Hops

    All About Giveaways Tuesday & Tuesday Blog Hops

    Welcome to All About Giveaways Tuesday!If you have a giveaway you want to share, please add it to our list. You can list as many as you like, but please link them directly to the giveaway page, rather than your homepage.Please use this format so t…
    - 10 May 11, 10:24am -
  • Mom Owned Business Monday & Monday Blog Hops

    Mom Owned Business Monday & Monday Blog Hops

    Welcome to Mom Owned Business Monday!I hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day yesterday!If you run a mom owned business, we want to start each week focusing on you!  This is a great week to start to participate if you haven't already!I invite you to…
    - 9 May 11, 11:16am -
  • Facebook Friend Friday & Friday Blog Hops

    Facebook Friend Friday & Friday Blog Hops

    Welcome to Facebook Friend Friday!  I'm so happy that you are here to join us!We want you to come back and visit and make new friends each week so we will post a new linky every Friday.  Please have fun "fanning", "liking" all those that you wo…
    - 6 May 11, 2:00pm -
  • How to Add Facebook Like to Your Google Search Results

    How to Add Facebook Like to Your Google Search Results

    This morning, while looking for something else on the web, I happened to come across Jeff Ballard's post, How to Facebook 'Like' Your Google Search.Facebook is everywhere and so is that Like Button!  Now, it can be in your Google Search Results than…
    - 6 May 11, 11:21am -
  • All About Giveaways Tuesday & Tuesday Blog Hops

    All About Giveaways Tuesday & Tuesday Blog Hops

    Welcome to All About Giveaways Tuesday!If you have a giveaway you want to share, please add it to our list. You can list as many as you like, but please link them directly to the giveaway page, rather than your homepage.Please use this format so t…
    - 3 May 11, 9:28am -
  • All About Giveaways Tuesday & Tuesday Blog Hops

    All About Giveaways Tuesday & Tuesday Blog Hops

    Welcome to All About Giveaways Tuesday!If you have a giveaway you want to share, please add it to our list. You can list as many as you like, but please link them directly to the giveaway page, rather than your homepage.Please use this format so t…
    - 26 Apr 11, 1:00pm -
  • Mom Owned Business Monday & Monday Blog Hops

    Mom Owned Business Monday & Monday Blog Hops

    Welcome to Mom Owned Business Monday!If you run a mom owned business, we want to start each week focusing on you!  This is a great week to start to participate if you haven't already!I invite you to join us every Monday to build your network and mee…
    - 25 Apr 11, 10:01am -
  • Twitter Friend Thursday

    Twitter Friend Thursday

    Welcome to Twitter Friend Thursday! I am so excited that you joined us.  You can also add yourself to our permanent linky on our official website here! BUT, for purposes of networking and building a strong community of socialpreneurs, we want you…
    - 21 Apr 11, 12:58pm -
  • Looking for Volunteers for our Socialpreneur Team Bloggers
    We’re looking for bloggers and socialpreneurs who have interesting tips and advice on building a successful business and/or blog. Whether you are a new socialpreneur, or someone that offers tips and tutorials on your blog, and you have something o…
    - 21 Apr 11, 3:02am -
Janine Just, Inc.
Janine Just, Inc.
Janine Just, Inc.
Janine Just, Inc.

StartupDigest

  • StartupDigest Reading List – March 2, 2012

    StartupDigest Reading List – March 2, 2012

    For newcomers: StartupDigest Reading List is the members-only weekly email newsletter of the best articles in the startup world. You can become a member for free here. ———————————————————————————…
    - 2 Mar 12, 3:51pm -
  • StartupDigest Reading List – February 24, 2012

    StartupDigest Reading List – February 24, 2012

    For newcomers: StartupDigest Reading List is the members-only weekly email newsletter of the best articles in the startup world. You can become a member for free here. ———————————————————————————…
    - 24 Feb 12, 4:25pm -
  • StartupDigest Reading List – February 17, 2012

    StartupDigest Reading List – February 17, 2012

    For newcomers: StartupDigest Reading List is the members-only weekly email newsletter of the best articles in the startup world. You can become a member for free here. ———————————————————————————…
    - 17 Feb 12, 3:50pm -
  • Why StartupDigest VIP isn’t just another recruiting service
    Life is too short to wake up with regrets. Love the people who treat you right. - Bob Marley, Let it Since we founded StartupDigest, we’ve helped more than 200,000 people around the world get more involved in their local startup communities. Recent…
    - 13 Feb 12, 11:50pm -
  • StartupDigest Reading List – February 10, 2012

    StartupDigest Reading List – February 10, 2012

    For newcomers: StartupDigest Reading List is the members-only weekly email newsletter of the best articles in the startup world. You can become a member for free here. ———————————————————————————…
    - 10 Feb 12, 2:11pm -
  • StartupDigest Reading List – February 3, 2012

    StartupDigest Reading List – February 3, 2012

    For newcomers: StartupDigest Reading List is the members-only weekly email newsletter of the best articles in the startup world. You can become a member for free here. ———————————————————————————…
    - 3 Feb 12, 8:48pm -
  • StartupDigest Reading List – January 27, 2012

    StartupDigest Reading List – January 27, 2012

    For newcomers: StartupDigest Reading List is the members-only weekly email newsletter of the best articles in the startup world. You can become a member for free here. ———————————————————————————…
    - 27 Jan 12, 2:43pm -
  • StartupDigest Reading List – January 20, 2012

    StartupDigest Reading List – January 20, 2012

    For newcomers: StartupDigest Reading List is the members-only weekly email newsletter of the best articles in the startup world. You can become a member for free here. ———————————————————————————…
    - 20 Jan 12, 3:20pm -
  • StartupDigest Reading List – January 13, 2012

    StartupDigest Reading List – January 13, 2012

    For newcomers: StartupDigest Reading List is the members-only weekly email newsletter of the best articles in the startup world. You can become a member for free here. ———————————————————————————…
    - 13 Jan 12, 7:51pm -
  • StartupDigest Reading List – January 6, 2012

    StartupDigest Reading List – January 6, 2012

    For newcomers: StartupDigest Reading List is the members-only weekly email newsletter of the best articles in the startup world. You can become a member for free here. ———————————————————————————…
    - 6 Jan 12, 5:30pm -

The Small Business Expo Blog

  • Preparing for the New Year

    - 18 Dec 13, 10:29am -
  • Do’s and Don’ts: Taking Client to Networking Lunch
    The business lunch is a classic way to network and get to know your clients better. Sharing a meal and building a personal and professional relationship can help you connect faster. Even though a restaurant may be a more relaxed … Continue reading…
    - 17 Dec 13, 1:08pm -
  • How to Network for Shy People
    Have something to say, but don’t know how to say it? If you’re shy and networking doesn’t exactly come naturally to you, check out these 5 tips for how to develop your networking mojo at a small business event. 1) … Continue reading →
    - 16 Dec 13, 10:43am -
  • Value of Branding for Small Businesses
    In a world of endless options, how do you get people to remember your small business? Building customer and fan loyalty comes from branding your business in an effective way. Put your business at the forefront, and consider these important … Contin…
    - 13 Dec 13, 2:26pm -
  • Small Business Expo 2014 – Miami Venue: Miami Beach Convention Center
    Spanning four city blocks of palm tree lined streets and located in the heart of the electrifying and historic South Beach/Art Deco District, the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) is a meeting, convention and trade show paradise. The Small Busines…
    - 12 Dec 13, 3:20pm -
  • Why Wait? Grow Your Small Business Now
    Small Business Expo exists to refine and enhance small business owners’ ability to improve their companies and brands. If you are a vendor with a product or service trying to target small businesses, our networking events are a must-attend opportu…
    - 5 Dec 13, 9:52am -
  • How to Name Your Small Business
    Wondering how to embody everything your business stands for in one word or phrase? Naming your small business can be a challenging task. Here are 3 tips to consider when attempting this process. 1) Describe your identity – You want … Continue rea…
    - 4 Dec 13, 2:42pm -
  • Small Business Saturday 2013 This Weekend
    The day we all shop small is approaching. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is annually celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year…
    - 27 Nov 13, 10:22am -
  • Flight Specials to Small Business Expo 2014 – Miami
    If you are flying to attend Small Business Expo 2014 – Miami, let us help you with the airline fare! Our Small Business Expo airline partner, American Airlines, is offering a special business expo meeting discount. This discount can be booked ……
    - 19 Nov 13, 11:00am -
  • Facts of the Trade Show
    Think you know all there is to know about our networking trade shows…Well think again! Check out these networking trade show facts: Trade shows cost 38% less than sales calls and give you the chance to meet your target market face to … Continue…
    - 18 Nov 13, 10:34am -
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