Networking or Netconnecting?

Over the last few decades, networking has devolved into an endless series of cattle-call events full of barn-style open bars, pizza and a mingle coffee meets and the inevitable gathering tub-thumpers … Perfect strangers, after a long day at the office, agree to show up and bump into each other, randomly exchanging business pitches forContinue reading “Networking or Netconnecting?”

Shut that door – the Hunter again!

Looking to nullify the effect of the inevitable “Hunter” present in your Network Forum? Here are just a few more tips from our series of … How to combat the sales-hungry ‘Matt Le-Fatt’ type… As in earlier post, Matt Le-Fatt is our fictitious ever-present shark-hunter type. A not unusual species and often seen circulating evenContinue reading “Shut that door – the Hunter again!”

The BIG – A. Ambition or Apathy?

Attitudes are contagious Which attitude is prevalent in your network forum? Easy or edgy, positive or negative, go with the flow or grow with inspiration? If you find the attitude is not right, then how do you turn it around? As people-persons we all need a reality check at times, because it is easy toContinue reading “The BIG – A. Ambition or Apathy?”

Attitude meets diversity

Without doubt professional variety plays an important part of our network. Without variety there would be a particularly dull meeting, this is why we invite our guests. The same can be said for attitude … and when the positive attitude mixes with diversity the magic of word of mouth referral has the potential to bringContinue reading “Attitude meets diversity”

Why people buy people

Over the last few decades, networking has devolved into an endless series of cattle-call events full of barn-style open bars, coffee meets and the inevitable tub-thumping. Perfect strangers, after a long day at the office, agree to show up and bump into each other, randomly exchanging business pitches for business cards. Needless to say, traditional networking is not working anymore. For successful 21st century business people, large networking events and the mountains of business cards they produce have become a waste of time and valuable resources. It’s time to re-evaluate why people buy people. So let me ask you … are you Networking or Netconnecting? Networking will feed you today. And for some of us, this is why we ‘do’ networking. We know this, but connecting … really connecting and playing the longer game, understanding that properly developed relations is what makes for some amazing and sustainable opportunities that stretch far deeper than simply the one-off business opportunity. So let me ask you … are you Networking for today or Netconnecting?