NEW Hamilton Central BoB Club Opening!

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NEW Hamilton Central NZ BoB Club Opening!

The Hamilton Central business networking club will meet every two weeks in the the heart of Hamilton NZ .

We are accepting pre-registrations now ($150+GST)and will launch when we have 12 pre-registered founding members.

Networking is proven to be successful and helps grow any business quickly and increases your sales in the most profitable way. We are now actively looking for new members who are keen to network in the Hamilton Central area.

REGISTER NOW & SECURE YOUR BUSINESS CATEGORY!

http://www.plusonedynamics.com/hamilton-central-bob-club.html

The Power of Business Cards

The Power of Business Cards
By Alfred Ardis January, 2016

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It may come as a surprise that, in today’s highly digitized world, business cards are still highly useful networking tools. A good card is like a good suit or even an office: it’s not necessary in the strictest sense of the word, but it signals to other professionals that you’re the genuine article. Your business cards should be an extension of your professional persona, one that reminds the holder of why they got your information in the first place. When tailored to your personal brand, they can be a gateway for professional opportunities. For such small pieces of paper, business cards carry a lot of weight. Here are some tips to help you get the right print.

 

Don’t Skimp on the Stock

One of the easiest ways a print shop can make business cards more affordable is by reducing the thickness, or stock, of the paper used. While fiscal responsibility is always an important principle in business, this is one area where you shouldn’t cut corners. It’s more than a piece of paper; it’s a lasting reminder of that first impression. A flimsy piece of paper sends the signal that the professional it represents is flimsy, too. You want to convey success with your card, even if you’re just getting started.

 

Size Matters

The standard size is 2 inches by 3.5 inches-stick with that. A lot of people these days are trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to size and shape, making pieces that are bigger, smaller, circular, etc. While these might be memorable, they’re also likely to get cut if they don’t fit neatly into a wallet or holder.

 

Include a Visual Cue

Your card should remind the holder of who you are and link back to some memory of where and why they got your info. If you or your company has a pattern or color scheme, incorporate that. If you are in a business where you trade on your personality (salesmen, attorneys, realtors, etc.), it’s a good idea to include a photo of your smiling face in order to convey the winning personality that has made you a success!

 

Keep it Simple

Even with a photo or color scheme that serves as a visual cue, don’t over-complicate things. Your business cards represent you; they don’t speak for you. You don’t want something that requires people to search for the information they need. Ultimately, the information should be quick and accessible so that the holder can contact you, not get caught up in the paper.

 

Raised Text

This one is optional and, admittedly, a bit more expensive. But it’s worth it in certain contexts. If you attend networking events where people trade their info left and right, something that stands out sensually can make a huge difference. If a potential client has 20-plus cards, the feeling of that raised text as they leaf through could make the difference between a connection and the recycling bin.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Alfred_Ardis/663300

Niche Networking

By Chi Chi Okezie | December, 2015

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Niche Networking

Some of the most successful business people, entrepreneurs, entertainers etc. find their success in niche markets. A niche is clearly defined as an area of the market specializing in one product or service. Another useful definition is a position or activity that particularly suits somebody’s talents and personality or that somebody can make his or her own. This concept can go perfectly for networking, as well. As savvy networkers, you too can establish a niche for reaching your goals and agendas.

 

Listed below are tips and strategies for zeroing in on your specific target.

 

Event Planning:

A great way to create a niche for yourself in networking is picking specific events to attend. Only pick events which fall in line with your networking objectives. Narrow your selection to events in a specific part of town, or during a specific day of the week or hosted by a particular organization. Make sure that the event fulfills your goals and allows you to make the proper and most effective connections.

 

Plus One Guest:

You can be selective in the people you invite and associate with for business and social matters. There is nothing wrong in having a guest or go to person who understands your objectives and is able to help you advance. Most likely they can provide support, advice and even constructive criticism to enhance your networking journey.

 

Business Partners:

Similar to event guests, perhaps you can consider scouting a certain type of business partner for your endeavors. Being specific also involves selecting partners who have similar core values, compliment and not conflict with your product or service offerings. They may also provide opportunities for cross marketing and promoting.

 

Hopefully, these suggestions can provide insight on creating a lucrative and productive network. Take the time to properly select these aspects of your business or social objectives which can lead to tremendous success.

 

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Chi_Chi_Okezie/154937

 

Face the Fear: Tips for Successful Networking

By Amie Crews | December, 2015

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Face the Fear: Tips for Successful Networking

Are you terrified of networking?

Well, you’re not alone, as I can immediately call to mind at least a handful of people who are fearful about it, probably more if I thought about it for longer. In fact, I was asked while writing this what the topic was, and when I replied “networking fears”, the response was “eeek scary!!”

But what if networking was an essential part of getting on both in life and work? Sorry to tell you, it is.

Forget business networking for a moment, we all have to network in life if we want to get our own outcomes achieved. How many times have you either asked, or been asked for a recommendation, a plumber or someone to fulfill a specific task? It’s through our network of friends, family and sometimes strangers that we can answer these requests. When you start attending a new club or your child starts school, you start to build networks of a different kind. Perhaps you have to attend ongoing development sessions for your job, and this means you’ll be networking with others from the same or similar skills background.

Where there is choice, there is sometimes avoidance! So this article focuses on some tips to confront your fear of networking in a business environment, but can easily be read through a number of different lenses.

So, what are some of the main fears my clients talk about?

  • Stepping through the door (into the unknown)
  • Striking up and knowing where to take the conversations
  • Selling myself, my products
  • Remembering names

Lets tackle each in turn:

The fear of stepping through the door. The truth is, you don’t always know who or what will be on the other side of that door, but more often than not it’s a big welcoming smile and some interesting people to talk to. It does pay to prepare a little in advance, either ask for a participant list, or if you’re a user of social media, ask who else might be attending this event, as you may be able to connect with someone in advance.

Prepare yourself physically, make sure you’ve freshened up if you’ve had a bit of a journey, take a couple of minutes to do some breathing exercises if you feel nervous.

If you have the choice, attend events which you might find fun, different networking opportunities do have their own agendas. Some are very focused on referrals, whereas others it’s about building relationships in a more fun, lighthearted way.

 

Getting the conversation going. If you have a list of attendees, have a read and start by talking to someone in the same or similar industry, this is a good way to help the dry mouth syndrome as you’ll most likely have common issues. Do use the host or the facilitator to make introductions if you’re not sure who to talk to. Consider one of your own challenges. or something that you would benefit from some input on, and ask to be introduced to someone who might be good to meet. Once you’ve made that initial contact, the conversation will quickly move through introductions, what you do (be prepared to answer this for yourself, concisely) and then onto other stuff.

It does help to keep on top of current news topics, both in current affairs and in your field of interest. Chances are, these are the things that people will digress towards.

 

Selling! Firstly, don’t do it!! Well, unless the event you are attending is specifically focused on selling, then of course you should. Networking is about building relationships and learning about the challenges that other businesses are presented with. If there is something relevant to your own business, then of course feel free to share what you do, or perhaps you can recommend someone else to help them. Be prepared to answer questions such as what you do, typical clients or businesses you work with, and what problems you can solve. Be authentic and true to yourself, after all that is what people will remember.

 

Avoid name amnesia. It’s very common for someones name to go in one ear and out of the other, especially if you’re feeling a little nervous and no one you meet is wearing a name tag.

Firstly, when you meet them, make sure you greet them with their name, e.g “Hi, I’m Louisa,” “Hi Louisa, great to meet you, I’m Amie”. You can then lead on with “So, Louisa, what brings you here today?”, or “tell me a little about what you do?”

One way that I learned to tackle this, is to carry a small notepad and in between conversations jot down key details, their name, business, something distinctive about them – clothes, hair, glasses etc. Even better if you ask for a business card, you can scribble it all on there! Don’t be afraid of admitting you’ve forgotten their name, there is nothing worse than losing focus on the conversation because you’re desperately searching your brain.

 

Other things to consider:

  • Wear something you feel good in. This will enhance your confidence and it will also prevent you from fidgeting with your clothes. If you don’t normally wear a tie, then why choose to wear a tie now?
  • If it’s drinks and networking, don’t feel tempted towards alcohol especially if you are feeling nervous. I once attended an event where one participant in particular was clearly a little worse for wear come the end and it wasn’t professional. Similarly if it’s an evening thing, likewise, trying to introduce yourself with handfuls (or mouthfuls) of breakfast pastries can prove difficult
  • Bring business cards if you have them, or find another way to connect with people. LinkedIn is great for business networking and as most people have smart devices now, you can look up and connect immediately, just make sure you’ve agreed it, unsolicited email is not welcomed
  • Don’t feel obliged to connect with people, but do remember that you’re not just connecting with them, it’s who they know also
  • Afterwards, make your follow ups promptly
  • Remember it’s all about building relationships, so arrange coffee if you think it will be worth pursuing a more detailed conversation
  • Feel free to share a comment on your own experiences of networking, both good and bad

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Amie_Crews/884282

FREE Presentation on the Power of Networking! The Village NAB Docklands, MELBOURNE 10 Feb 2015 – (10 to 11am)

FREE Presentation:

The Power of Networking!
The Village NAB Docklands
MELBOURNE  10 Feb 2015 – (10-11am)

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FREE Presentation on the power of networking! The Village NAB Docklands, Tues 10th Feb 10 – 11am. Share with contacts! See you there!

Join international networkers, Jayne Albiston and Geoff Cox for an insightful and entertaining presentation about the power and reach of effective networking.

Both Jayne and Geoff will share their networking experience and expertise to inform you how to get your network up off the ground to get you where you want to be.

Jayne is an international business developer, founder of PlusOne Dynamics Consulting and regional director of ‘Business Over Breakfast‘ Clubs in New Zealand and Australia.

Geoff is the founder of ‘Business Over Breakfast’ Clubs International, which help businesses worldwide grow and achieve their objectives by creating relationships that inspire members to work together to generate quality business referrals for each other.

 

REGISTER NOW – FREE TO ATTEND

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/let-networking-take-you-places-tickets-15306867252?aff=esli

Jayne Albiston
Jayne Albiston International Networker

 

Geoff Cox
Geoff Cox Founder  BoB Clubs