Time away from the job

How do I spend my leisure time? If the weather isn’t good and I’m all caught up with the business follow-up, then I have a garage with long-term projects to keep me busy. Otherwise, I like to stay occupied with any tasks that need attention, and I’m never sitting for long. When the sun isContinue reading “Time away from the job”

Catch of the day!

Not all are successful when it comes to networking. An open mind helps, and the willingness to engage in good conversation also. Craig was the type of fellow who was only with us to pick up the business (aren’t we all.) He wasn’t interested in the benefits of any long-term mutual collaboration. Craig was huntingContinue reading “Catch of the day!”

It’s cash in hand!

It was at the regular Weeklybiz network morning session I’d been introduced to Thomas …  Thomas had left Uni a few months beforehand with a decent degree in Engineering and was now finding it tough to find work. His ‘careers adviser’ suggested he talk with Sara Eke ** and join The Weeklybiz for conversation. LeavingContinue reading “It’s cash in hand!”

Being there

‘You know Charlie, it’s tough to take time off work to attend these breakfast meetings.’ I used to hear this phrase a lot during the early days of the Weeklybiz.  Taking time off work? Another popular version was: ‘I can’t afford to spend time away from the job for the sake of an early breakfast.’Continue reading “Being there”

Being lucky

‘It was only a matter of time, David.’ We were discussing the referral my friend had collected during this morning’s meeting.  David had spent the past twelve months working on his presence, his persona, and the business. His input was now rewarding him with some important work for his company. David of course was happy,Continue reading “Being lucky”

Gone fishing …

“You may call it networking Charlie, I call it fishing.” My wife was highlighting how much time I spent networking (6-8 hours per week.) Sue compared it to being a ‘golf widow’ or ‘fisherman’s wife.’ She had a point. I do enjoy the opportunity of meeting up with my regular group. We share so much, there’sContinue reading “Gone fishing …”

What’s your excuse?

Hi Charlie. “Sorry, I’ve had a call from a client who needs to see me tomorrow morning, so I can’t make the meeting.” For as long as I’ve been networking, this is the ‘stand out’ explanation I’m offered when someone calls to opt-out. They’re faced with choosing to replace one appointment with another. They choose toContinue reading “What’s your excuse?”