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How to Network Successfully to Grow Your Business

Irina Jordan | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Irina Jordan

Successful networking is about developing strong interpersonal skills, increasing your brand awareness and discovering hidden possibilities others have to offer.

6 Tips for Talking to Strangers When You're an Introvert

Avelist | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business

What if that's not actually the case? What if, by simply labeling myself as an introvert, I'm transforming this into a self-fulfilling prophecy? Some of the labels we assign to ourselves are holding us back. Because of them, we don't see the "other path" when it presents itself.

Going Up? -- The 'Elevator Pitch' -- Be Ready to Tell Your Story on the Go

Donna Griffit | Posted 09.13.2015 | Business
Donna Griffit

I truly believe that we can help luck along by being prepared for opportunity when it knocks. And one of the must-have tools in our storytelling arsenal is the infamous Elevator Pitch - or the "quickpitch" as I have often dubbed it.

How to Power Network Like a Relationship Coach

Laurie Davis | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Laurie Davis

As the founder of a digital dating consultancy, I know that relationship development really begins when you meet offline. To create meaningful connections, you need to put the phone down. Face-to-face is the new FaceTime. But even for me, saying hello at a networking event isn't always easy.

A Father's Wisdom in Six-and-a-Half Lessons

Jack Stahlmann | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Jack Stahlmann

Hopefully you can take something away from just a sliver of my father's wisdom. I've been sustaining on it for over 35 years. And happy Father's Day to my dad and to all fathers who have imparted a lifetime of lessons to the next generation.

Networking Made Easy: 8 Conversation Starters For Those Who Don't Know Where To Start

Catriona Pollard | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Catriona Pollard

Done right, networking can be the silver bullet for building your profile, gaining new business opportunities and building your career. But what happens when you show up to an event and just can't find ways to engage with others?

The Perfect Response to "How Are You?"

Joshua Siva | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Joshua Siva

Just in the past few months of making "I'm amazing!" my go-to response, I've received a free basket of peaches, free car service, free bus fare, an extra scoop of ice cream, and a whole list of other interesting perks.

Top Networking Dos & Don'ts

Catriona Pollard | Posted 06.14.2015 | Business
Catriona Pollard

It's a great marketing tool for businesses with a tight budget. Networking events give you direct access to a room full of influential people in your industry.

It All Started With a Feather; a Networking Success Story

Michele Lawson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Michele Lawson

Networking doesn't have to be filled with horror stories. Sure, not everyone is open and welcoming. You will be met with resistance from time to time and that is just the nature of the beast.

Strategies for Saying No: When and How to Turn Down Opportunities

Brian Honigman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Brian Honigman

While opportunities are great and often hard to come by, an equally important skill for entrepreneurs is learning how to discern between the opportunities that are worth pursuing and those that are not.

The Power of Networking With Women

Catriona Pollard | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Catriona Pollard

It's very rare you'll walk into a room full of women who are there just to hand out business cards. In my experience, the majority of women network to build relationships they can use both personally and professionally. They get that business networking isn't about business, it's about life.

3 Steps to Better Networking

Ellevate | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women

Networking is a great way to build your business. In fact, it's pretty much a requirement for small and medium business owners these days. And yet, so many cringe at the thought, finding it stressful, frustrating and in the end, not very helpful.

Be the Closer: How to Start and End Conversations at Networking Events

FindSpark | Posted 02.01.2015 | College

Starting and ending conversations at networking is without a doubt where most of that unavoidable networking awkwardness occurs. But it doesn't have to be that way. There's nothing wrong in going into an event with some intro and outro ideas up your sleeve.

'Tis the Season to Be Networking! How Women Can Raise Their Profile and Get Ahead

Judith Humphrey | Posted 01.31.2015 | Women
Judith Humphrey

Sure, it is often more comfortable to mingle with friends -- with the people we know. But that won't necessarily make you successful. Instead, when you walk into a room, be bold. Target the people who have influence.

10 Stupid Questions and Networking Faux Pas #NABJ14

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 09.29.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

In no particular order, here are 10 stupid questions -- yes, Virginia there are stupid questions -- and networking faux pas. These are applicable universally but overheard/developed at the 39th Annual National Black Journalists Association Convention and Career Fair #NABJ14

8 Ways to Amp Up Your Personality

Diane Gottsman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

When you are solely focused on building a career, everything else can seem inconsequential. Building new relationships, while maintaining existing ones, is an important part of your business success. How do your social skills measure up?

You Had Me at Hello: 10 Ways to Start a Conversation

Mark Karten | Posted 09.20.2014 | Small Business
Mark Karten

Don't get caught up thinking you're not a good conversationalist. Be prepared and comfortable with different conversation starters, so you're never stumped or faced with an awkward silence.

Connecting Versus Collecting - Think Before You Click

Mark Karten | Posted 09.14.2014 | Small Business
Mark Karten

Why am I so passionate and focused on connecting with people? Because I'm being given the opportunity to meet someone who may influence my life. If ...

10 Simple Rules For Successful Connecting

Mark Karten | Posted 09.06.2014 | Small Business
Mark Karten

Today you just have to type a one sentence email, yet some people still don't have the courtesy to acknowledge gifts.

Elevator Pitches Drive Me Crazy

Mark Karten | Posted 08.30.2014 | Small Business
Mark Karten

I guarantee you will increase your business if you clearly communicate what you do. The problem is that most people don't, wasting their time and energy unknowingly.

Top 10 Ways to Plug Into Success

Mark Karten | Posted 08.21.2014 | Small Business
Mark Karten

Overall, people buy from people they "know, like and trust." If you embody these traits, how do you get the word out that you can help them with their needs.

The Art of Schmoozing: How Networking Really Works!

Colette A.M.Phillips | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Colette A.M.Phillips

Ask any successful person and they will tell you that networking is a key element in moving one's career forward. Your network is your networth. The art of developing powerful relationships can do wonders for one's career and business.

How You Can Build Your Network

Ko Im | Posted 05.13.2014 | Business
Ko Im

After countless mixers and coffee meetings, I've found it helps to have more curiosity and inner confidence than an eagerness that comes off as too obvious.

Risk versus Reward of Using Online Searches to Screen Potential Employees

John Rampton | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business
John Rampton

With everything happening online, you can find thousands of examples of people getting fired because of posts they put up on social media. But how many businesses use online searches before hiring?

Why You Aren't Meeting Investors

Seth Goldstein | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business
Seth Goldstein

Nobody teaches you these rules. And people are too polite to tell you when you violate them. Understanding and following the laws of email are crucial to ensuring you get investor meetings.