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by Brenda C. Smith
Have you been asked to repeat yourself, to speak up, or to be talked over at meetings? The sound of your voice can be enhanced so your listeners are not only …

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Presentation Skills: 8 Great Tips for an Elevator Speech
Presentation Skills: 8 Great Tips for an Elevator Speech

by Dianna Booher
An effective elevator speech either confirms or destroys your image as an executive — not to mention affecting your results. It should be brief (15-30 seconds), pithy, quotable, listener-focused — and should appear …

How To Work A Room: A Guide To Successfully Managing Your Mingling
How To Work A Room:  A Guide To Successfully Managing Your Mingling

by Susan RoAne, The Mingling Maven®
In the last few years, blog posts and articles entitled “how to work a room” have appeared which contain advice that ranges from useful to useless and counter-productive. As the …

The Importance of Research for Networking
The Importance of Research for Networking

Mark Perl is a master networker. He understands what needs to be done in order to make an excellent impression on those with whom we’d like to create a relationship. Whether the goal is to …

Are You Guilty of Hijacking?
Are You Guilty of Hijacking?

Mark Perl
The thing that stood out for me, whilst I was out and about at events last week, was that I was repeatedly hijacked!
This is obviously really common and I know you’ll recognise what I …

Networking No-No’s
Networking No-No’s

by Laurie Wilhelm
Networking is all about creating, building and maintaining multiple relationships. To be a good networker, you have to be willing and have the confidence to meet new people. Some find this easy to …

Business Networking Groups
Business Networking Groups

There are dozens of business networking groups for you to choose from but not every one is best suited to your needs. Take some time to evaluate the various networking groups to determine where you’ll …

The Difference Between Hard Selling and Networking
The Difference Between Hard Selling and Networking

by Jan Vermeiren
For many people the word “networking” has a negative connotation. This is in part due to the fact that many salesmen abuse networking to push their products or services. So let’s take a …

Networking Is Not A Dirty Word
Networking Is Not A Dirty Word

by Julie Cohen
You walk into a room filled with people. You look left. You look right. All you see are dozens of people wearing “Hi, My Name is ____” badges. You panic. You want to …

How to Schmooze
How to Schmooze

by Mark Meshulam
Definition: talk idly or casually in a friendly way
Value: priceless
Gearheads like me have trouble understanding that great ideas and hard work aren’t enough… you gotta shmooze too. Every day we deal with peculiar …

Are You a Follow-up Failure?
Are You a Follow-up Failure?

by Darcy Eikenberg
True story: A well-connected coach and career development expert volunteered her services at a large career fair. During the event, she worked with 26 job seekers individually and talked to maybe seven more. …

The 3 Major Steps of the Networking Process
The 3 Major Steps of the Networking Process

by Manal Richa
I never thought that networking could take over my life the way it did. For an introverted person, it turned out to be a fun and productive process. I find myself thriving on …

100 Tips to Build Your Business or Personal Network
100 Tips to Build Your Business or Personal Network

by Elizabeth Sullivan
Why network? Because your net worth is equal to your network!
1. Plan networking as weekly, fortnightly or monthly marketing activity.
2. Have an action plan and write it up. Include names of companies and …

Networking Skills That Drive Success
Networking Skills That Drive Success

by Jeramy Colvin
Business networking is a great way to build your personal sphere of influence. If you do a quick Internet search or read a local business paper, you are likely to find several …

Networking is More Than Handing Out Business Cards
Networking is More Than Handing Out Business Cards

by Kathleen O’Brien
Use these nine steps to begin reaping benefit from your network activities.
1. Have a positive attitude
When attending a network function — any function where two or more people meet — keep in mind …

Networking – The Success Connection
Networking – The Success Connection

by Drew Hunt
A Drop in the Bucket or Buckets of Opportunity
We have all questioned whether Chamber of Commerce after five meetings, the hours on the golf course, numerous business dinners and even the organized networking …