10 Reasons to Attend Business Networking Events

Every now and then, when I talk about attending events, I hear “Networking events don’t really work for me.” My reply is simple, “Is your business generated by someone making a decision? If you meet more people that can make decisions can you do more business? If the answers are “Yes”, and they always are, my reply is “Then let me show you a few simple steps you can use to make it work for you.” I can literally think of dozens of reasons to attend Business networking events, here are 10 of the best:

  1. Be Selective. Look at all the events in your selected business area and do your homework. Ask others in your network what events they go to and get their insight. We can always make money, but never make time. Choose what events you will attend wisely and attend them regularly. You cannot build relationships based on a one shot mentality. When you attend an event you will meet new people, when you attend that event again you will cultivate the relationship that started at the last event and build upon it.
  2. Look, Listen and Learn. Be very cognoscente of your surroundings and watch how other professionals handle themselves at each event. Listen carefully as other networkers introduce themselves to you and how they explain what they do and what they are looking to accomplish while they are there. The best and most polished professionals accept the fact that they will never stop learning. Learn from those who are where you want to be in your profession and always be in learning mode.
  3. Master Your Message. A business networking event is a great place to become one with your message and become unconsciously conscience of what you say and do. You have 30 seconds to convey who you are, what you do, what makes you different from others and why someone would want to work with you. That message needs to be the same to all. The more you listen and learn from others and the more you repeat your message, the more refined it becomes and the more polished you become.
  4. Position Yourself as “The Expert” in Your Field. People don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Caring about your industry will show through by your level of knowledge of your industry and its trends. If you were to refer someone to a professional, you would want to know that they will be in good hands, so would others when they refer to you.
  5. Increased Visibility. As the saying goes, ” Out of sight, out of mind.” If you are going to look to establish long lasting business relationships, you first need to establish yourself as a networking professional that others would absolutely want to have in their network, showing up is 80% of the success you will have as a professional business networker. When others see you appear at different business networking events, their acceptance for you grows stronger and you will attract top networkers to you.
  6. New Business Relationships = New Business. Strategic alliances, joint ventures, quality recruiting, and referrals are but only a few of what comes from a new business relationship and new business relationships start very nicely at business networking events. Attending the event itself is very important but only the first step. The fortune is in the follow up. Everything depends on everything you do with your new found business relationship after the event. This will turn your new relationship into new business.
  7. Look to Build on the Tools of Your Trade. Networking events are not only a great way to build upon your business by getting new business, it’s also a great way to find professionals that will help you make your business run smoother. Networking events attract sales professionals, attorneys, accountants, marketing professionals, website developers, promoters and many others that can help you along in making things run smoother in your day to day business. Watch for those people and ask how they can help you.
  8. Building Your Professional Team. In today’s business world it is crucial to have the right people on your team. Networking events also attract people that are looking for new opportunities. In today’s ever changing job market, many professionals have been displaced through downsizing and are looking for a position that will take full advantage of their talents. Here you may, very well, find people that can take your business to the next level
  9. High Touch Meets High Tech. Going out and meeting people face to face and looking them in the eye while shaking their hand triggers a bunch of emotions that compels others to react to you, that is exactly what networking events do. The next step is where high tech comes in. Once you have triggered those emotions connect with each of those professionals in social media on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. This will give them a chance to keep you in their sights and on the front line of their day to day communication outlets while getting to know you better.
  10. Lie, Cheat and Steal. Lie in bed at night thinking where you want to be in terms of success in your business profession and what you will do to attain that success. Cheat away some precious time from your schedule to attend business networking events every week. Steal the best introduction lines and questions from the best professional networkers you meet and tweak them to make them your own.

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5 Ways to Win New Connections and Influence Decisions.

It’s no secret, emotions are powerful factors that play a Influencing Decisionsbig role in the decision making process. Emotions will move people towards or away from you, when choosing who they will do business with. To increase your network, you must appeal to people, to appeal to people you must listen to what it is they want and need.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Why would people want you as a trusted connection in their network?
  • What sets you apart from the rest?
  • What value do you bring to their network?
  • Why do business with you?

These are all questions business people ask themselves when looking to expand their business network. Here are 5 ways to help win new contacts and influence decisions.

  1. Make people feel special. Smile and truly welcome your new contact without going into a hard sell. Your attitude must be one of friendly service, and interest, in them.
  2. Ask people questions that are specific to their  business and personal lives. What do you like best about what you do? What got you started on that path? Who would be the best new contact for you? What is your preferred method of building your network? Are you from the area? Asking these questions will get your new contact talking all about themselves. Pay close attention, and continue to question their comments. Asking questions will move them to ask you, so remember, the questions you ask, are most likely the questions they will ask of you.
  3. Tell a story. People love hearing stories, when asked questions from your new contact, turn your answers into short stories, about how you began your career and what has happened since. Remember, you’re not reading your life story, keep it short and to the point and always bring the focus back to your new contact, for example, So how did you get started?
  4. Make realistic promises. As we all know, first impressions are the most important. When taking the next step with your new contact, be sure not to just tell them what they want to hear in order to get a private meeting with them. When you say, “I definitely can make that happen for you, lets meet Monday and square it all away.” Be sure you can or all you will be looked upon is untrustworthy and  a waste of time to your new contact. If you say you will call them at 3pm tomorrow, put it on your calendar in front of them and be sure to call at 3. Be realistic, and then exceed their expectations!
  5. Provide a high level of service. Show respect for them and for their time by being on time for any appointments you may have set up. If you’re running late, call them to see if that will be ok. Be consistent and keep them well-informed.

All of these techniques lead to building trust, which of course is why, when it is time to make a business decision with you involved, and you have not disappointed them in the past, it will be easier for them to move toward you and refer other to you as well. People expect value from you, and they also want to feel valued by you. It really is not much to ask when doing business properly.

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Fatso, Not So Anymore

11 years ago today, July 30th 2003, I weighed 476 pounds and faced certain death within the Slide1
next 6 months. This was literally the most scariest night of my life, as I was about to undergo a Gastric Bypass surgery at 6am the next morning, July 31st 2003, in which, what my doctors said, was a 75% chance I would die during the surgery. As I write this my hands are actually trebling as I remember what was to happen over the coming 8 hours. This is my story.

In February 2003, I visited my doctor because I was experiencing something that has never happened to me before. I was constantly getting full from very little I was eating. To many, this wouldn’t seem to be a problem, to me it was. I loved food and loved to eat. So when I went to the doctor and told him this, I expected him to think it was absurd, but to my surprise he didn’t and told me that he wanted me to take sonograms and tests to prove to me what he and other doctors have said he has been warning me of all my life. I went in for the tests and a few days later I get a call from him telling me to come in for the results. I said I would make an appointment and come in, he said, “No come in now, I’m waiting” and hung up the phone. Well, I don’t have to tell you how concerned that made me as I rushed out to see him. When I get there, he brought me right in his office and told me that over 40% of my organs were infiltrated with fat and I wasn’t going to live to see Christmas. Not only that but he also told me how and said I was going to most likely die of congestive heart failure and die in my sleep. Imaging the shock I was in to hear such a thing. See at this time in my life, I had just lost my father to Leukemia. He was diagnosed and 9 months later gone. In his dying days he told me to please take care of myself and lose weight because now that he won’t be here who would the family turn to. At that time I was also the father to 9 year old triplets, 2 girls and 1 boy. Now I am facing certain death. So I asked him what I should do and he told me that Gastric Bypass surgery was my only option and because of the situation and medical condition I put myself in, there was a 75% chance of dying on the table. I accepted the fact of my death and went home to tell my wife. When I sit her down and tell her this story she immediately started crying and asked, “So what are you going to do now?” I said, “Nothing, I have no choice.” I never will forget the look on her face as it went blank. The tears stopped and anger set in as she said to me, ” You have never given up on anything in your life and you’re giving up on this? You just lost your father at 39 years old and you still can’t understand why he died. How do you think 39 year olds are going to make any sense out of losing their father?” I turned to her and said “What am I supposed to do? There is a 75% chance I would die during the surgery.” She replied “There’s a 100% chance you’re going to die anyway in a few months, at least go out fighting.” This is the moment that changed my life forever. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I now was totally focused on taking the next steps toward finding the right doctor to perform this life threatening, but life changing surgery. At this time, what now seems so common place, Gastric Bypass surgery, was still being developed and new ways of doing it were still being found.

I asked my doctor for recommendations, he gave me a few, I interviewed them and could not be comfortable with any one of them. I then researched it myself and after interviewing a dozen different doctors I found Dr. Rafael Capella, I went to an informational seminar with about 50 other people and found him to be the one I wanted. I remember being so excited to find the right doctor, as he had me go through tests to make sure everything was going to be fine. He then set the date for December and I went back to my doctor to tell him the great news. When I went to my primary doctor to tell him this he asked if I had his card, I gave it to him and he immediately called Dr, Cappella. I sat there and wondered what was going on, that’s when his conversation started and I heard him say “You can cancel Thomas Camarda’s surgery, he won’t be alive for it in December.” Tears rolled down my face as I now knew all hope was gone, until my doctor forced the surgeon to move the date to July 31st. I don’t have to tell you how much of a hero I thought this man was.

As the time for the surgery drawn near, I remember the feeling of my legs giving out, my sleep apnea getting worse, my falling asleep at the wheel. I really thought i wasn’t going to make it to the surgery but the closer the date came the more excited I became to have it. On Saturday, July 26th, I had a huge party with over 150 people in my backyard for a barbeque, let’s face it, if I was Tommy Camping 2003going to die during this surgery, I wanted to see everyone before, so I called the party, “The Last Supper Party” everyone came and had a great time. I was going around so positive, telling people that next year at the same time I would have another party and the only difference was that I would be 225 pounds. Now I know that that was me losing over 250 pounds, but that what I intended to do and nothing could change my mind. The funny thing was that people were telling me not to worry about how much, even if I lose 50 or 100 pounds it’s ok. I love them all but what’s funny is how people put limitations on things they don’t even have a say in. I wasn’t going under a life threatening surgery to lose a few pounds. I’ve been on many diets in my life and have collectively lost over 1,000 pounds. All of them worked, I didn’t. This had to be the last one, so I wanted it all.

July 31st 2003 at 5am I arrived at Hackensack University Hospital, in Hackensack, NJ. I remember getting prepped for the surgery and now had a few minutes with my family, this was the most emotional time of my life. My wife, my 3 children and my mother were all there. This, what I felt, was my time to say goodbye to them all. I prepared a letter for each of them telling them how much I loved them. Gave the letters to my wife and told her to only open it and give them to everyone if I don’t make it. I realized that there was a 75% chance I was going to die within the next hour. What things go through a person’s head knowing this. Now they come into the room to take me for surgery, and I remember waving to the 4 people I loved the most in my life and as soon as they were out of sight, once again tears rolled down my face. All at once, I remembered something at that very moment. My Dad popped into my head and a conversation I had with him only a few months before his death. He told me “I know why I’m Dying”.  I asked “Why?” he replied, “I’m finished, I raised 3 beautiful kids with a women I loved all my life and you all are established and doing well. I did my job here and I’m ready to go home now. I’m finished.” Then the thought of him telling me to take care of myself and lose weight. I instantly jumped up and shouted “I’m Not Finished!” turned to God my father and said “God, Please get me through this, I know you will get me through this. I’m Not Finished, I Still Have Work To Do Here, Plenty Of Work To Do Here, Your Work To Do Here!” Suddenly a calm rolled over my entire body, I never felt before. I actually know that God’s hand touched me, he heard everything I said and came to me to let me know everything was going to be ok. I remember counting backwards from 100, I think I got to 97. 49 minutes later the was done, I wasn’t finished.

Coming out of this surgery was the most painful thing I have ever experienced in my life, I had what they call a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, The picture shows you what was done, but basically Roux-en-Y-stomach stapled diagramI was chopped, sliced, and diced and felt every bit of it, and it was all worth it. Every day I said to myself, “You’re going to be 225 pound wow, imaging that” Then I started actually dreaming what I would look like at 225 , I said it, thought it, and slept it every day and the weight was falling off me. No longer did I love food and loved to eat, I simply changed the way of thinking from, live to eat, to, eat to live, and it wasn’t that important to me anymore. I started looking at labels for fat content, and how much protein foods had. I was walking more, even running, I haven’t done that since I was a kid. But I refused to look at a scale, I didn’t even want to know how much I weighed or how much I was losing, even when the doctor weighed me every month on follow ups. I knew I was going to be 225 in a year and that was it.

Fast forward to Saturday, July 31st, 2004, 1 year to the day of my surgery. I promised everyone I would and I did, I threw a big party, invited all my friends and family and called it, the “If You Can See Me Now Party” I remember being up in my room looking out the window as everyone come in to the yard and as I was about to walk out I remembered I had to weigh myself. This would actually be the 1st time in a whole year and all I knew was “I better see 225″. I take the scale out, It was a digital scale, I placed it down on the floor, and hesitantly put my left foot on it. As I watched the numbers flickering I remember being so nervous as I put my right foot on the scale. I didn’t even want to look and was staring myself in the mirror. Then all at once I dropped my head to see what the number read and shouted, “YES!!!” and jumped off the scale. I was so shocked I had to jump back on to be sure I wasn’t nuts, and now with all the confidence I have put both feet on the scale watching as the numbers flickered and stopped at … 224.7. What a total success I felt, as though I can rule the world. I now felt If I can pix28
do this I can do anything. Now it’s time to great my guests, many of which have not seen me in a whole year since I was 476 pounds. I never will forget the looks on the faces of my friends and family as I walked out the door to the song “If they can see me now” What the mind can do, all I thought and lived the whole year was knowing I was going to be 225 pound on this very day, I go weigh myself to actually come in 3 tenths of a pound less without even looking at a scale in a whole year.

The following year I lost another 73 pounds and have maintained my weight of around 160 pound till today. In the last 11 years I have devoted my life to helping others do things they have felt they would never accomplish.  No, you can’t just speak words and it will happen, you speak word into action and they happen. in 2009 I started helping people connect through networking and teaching people communication and business relationship skills and started The Ultimate Networking Group. Through this group and it’s events, we have helped tens of thousands of business people succeed. I write this with the hope of touching the life of people that think they have a lost cause, that can never accomplish something because they feel it’s impossible. don’t ever try to do anything, just keep doing it till it works, and watch what will happen.

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5 Powerful Questions to ask at a Networking Event.

The Big W- Who, What, When, Where, Why. These 5 words are used by children more times a day than adults, ask any parent and they will tell you. A Newsweek article from 2010, The Creativity Crisis, says “Preschool children, on average, ask their parents about 100 questions a day.” 

Question imageBasically, it’s curiosity that drives them and they don’t stop until they get the answer they want. The same technique works at a networking event, and the same 5 words that we used as children work as well today as they did then.

Here are 5 questions to ask to get the conversation going and keep your new connection engaged.

 

  1. Just out of curiosity, Why do you attend networking events? Have you ever notice the body language of someone when you ask a question? When you start a conversation with “Just out of curiosity” notice how most people will move in towards you. That’s because, by merely using the word curiosity, you have spiked their curiosity and now they’re listening and you’ve got their attention. This question is also a comfortable question to get them talking. You’re both at a networking event , so obviously it is something you both have in common and it gives you the bottom line on the real reason they are there.
  2. Where else do you network? This question is good for a novice or a professional networker. If someone says that they really don’t do allot of networking because they don’t know of many other groups, you can be the knight in shining armor and invite them to other events you go to. If they start rattling off a list of other groups listen for the ones you attend, you may very well have common ground in finding that you know many of the same people and very well learn of a few other group you may like to attend.
  3. What do you like best about what you do? This is one of my favorite questions because it’s really 2 questions in one. What do you like best about what you do also answers the question “So what do you do?” This question, unlike the same old, What do you do, gets people in conversation mode rather than just giving you a short answer.
  4. When did you get started in that direction? This gives your new contact a chance to tell a story and people love telling stories, especially when the story is about themselves.
  5. Who can I help you meet? Now that you know what your new contact is all about, this is your opportunity to show them that you care and will be a valuable addition to their network. People don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Listen for the types of people they want to meet that you can introduce them to later or maybe even at that very same event.

So, why should you use these very specific questions? Have you ever notice that the very questions you ask someone are the same questions they ask of you? This is a way for you to give them your story because they will most likely ask you the very same questions and now they truly want to know.

it is very important that you stay on topic during conversation, and listen attentively. The information your new contact is giving you is very important to them and if your fidgeting and trying to get a word in it will show that you are not truly interested and you just want to give them your pitch. Learn to listen twice as much as you speak and the results will amaze you.

 

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5 Career Networking Steps to Maximize Success

Having a successful career doesn’t come overnight, as a matter of fact, the only overnight success I know worked overnight to get there. Building, creating, and cultivating execs-at-workrelationships is what networking is all about and when building a successful career, communication skills are key. Business networking is not only a great way to build new business, it’s also a great way to build, strengthen and advance your career while strengthening your communication skills and positioning yourself as an expert in your field. Here are 5 steps to help guide you.

  1. To get to the top, learn from the top. It has been said that you become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Seek out the professionals in your company that you would like to know that have what you would like to have in terms of knowledge, position, and respect from peers and co-workers. Introduce yourself to them and ask them questions about how they got started, what they did to gain their success, and such. Let them know that you strive to be as successful as they are and want to learn from them. I found that inviting someone to lunch is a great way to get to know them and they are very open to helping you. It also gives you exclusive time with them without interruption from work or others. This is where you have the time to ask those important questions and create the business relationship.
  2. Engage in your company’s events. Whether it be business breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, outings, and such. showing up to everything shows you’re serious about excelling in the company you’re in.
  3.  Be the Go-To person amongst your peers and co-workers. If you have the mindset of “I just want to do my job and get out of here” you will just blend in to the majority, and its noticeable to the leaders of the company. Do all you can to do your job well while helping other with their projects. This show leadership and ambition and it also turns the heads of company leadership and gets you noticed.
  4.  Grow your social network with business leaders. LinkedIn is the largest professional social network in the world with thousands and thousands of successful business people in your profession. Find your company and be sure that your profile includes them. Search for your company’s leadership and connect to them. Seek out professionals that can help you grow, and connect to them. Join the groups and follow the influencers that can help you learn more about the industry you’re in. Engage in discussions by commenting and giving your input. Write articles on topics of your expertise. This will help you in positioning yourself as an expert in your field.
  5. Attend Business Networking Events. There are many reasons to attend live networking events. The main reason, which has an effect on everything, is to create and build new business relationships. These relationships not only help you create new business, they also help you know what is happening in your market, help you better understand who your competition is and what they are doing to grow their business. It helps you keep your finger on the pulse of your business and industry. You will meet other professionals that do what you do and call them your competition, but it’s better to have allies than enemies.

Put these valuable tips to good use, at The Ultimate Networking Event Live. Since 2009 The Ultimate Networking Event has connected ten’s of thousands of business professionals. See our events at http://ultimatenetworkingevent.eventbrite.com Please feel free to join my Group on LinkedIn: The Ultimate Networking Event Live – http://tinyurl.com/pg4xqpz Subscribe to my weekly blog:  http://BecomingTheUltimateNetworker.wordpress.com Copyright © 2014 – Thomas Camarda. To contact Thomas Camarda fill out the form below:

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5 Habits of Successful Business Networkers.

It’s not just what you know, it’s who you know, that knows, what you know. Increasing business is the goal of every company, but the fact of the matter is, people do business with people they know, like and trust, not companies. Of course companies get the business, but it’s people who make it happen and business networking connects you with those people. Whatever it is that you need to become the success you want to be, is only one connection away.

Here are 5 habits of highly successful business networkers that will help you build your professional business network.

  1. networkerAlways Keep Your Online Profile Updated. Do an online search of your own name and see what shows up. Would you do business with you? In today’s world it is so important to have an online presence and making sure your profile is up to date at all times. Get a professional head shot and use it in your profile. Update projects you’ve completed, goals you have accomplished, business awards you have won, and educational levels you have achieved.
  2. Always Have Business Cards. Although many people are of the thought that they don’t need business cards because of technology, I believe that as long as the Baby Boomer generation exists, you need legible business cards. They don’t have to be fancy and they don’t have to give your life story. Keep it short, sweet, and simple. A business card is simply your contact information, who you are and how someone can get in touch with you. Name, phone and cell number, physical address (if you work from one and meet clients there), email address, and website, in nothing smaller than 9 point type with no picture behind the type.
  3. Personal Visibility, Business Networking Events. An email or a phone call will never replace the feeling of shaking someone’s hand and looking them in the eye. Emotion is a tremendous part of the decision-making process and you don’t get an emotional response from an email or phone call from someone you don’t know. You do, however, get an emotional response from meeting someone for the first time, looking them in the eye, shaking their hand, and getting to know them. Remember, people like to do business with people they know, get to know people. Schedule at least 1 networking event a week.
  4. Smile, Listen and Learn. It’s been said that people don’t care what you know until they know that you care. It’s also been said that you have one mouth and two ears because you are supposed to listen twice as much as you speak. I say, use your mouth to smile and ask questions. Smiling puts everyone at ease and makes them smile. Questions gives the other person something to talk about and a feeling of control. The funny thing is, is that the questions you ask should guide them to feeling comfortable with you, and to the answers you seek about doing business with them. Smile, speak less and listen attentively, most of the time people will talk themselves into wanting to refer to you and do business with you.
  5. The Fortune is in The Follow Up. Most importantly, make sure to follow-up with everyone you meet within 3 days. The faster you follow-up with them, the more they will remember, so the sooner, the better. This is where you can have more of an opportunity to get to know them and how you can help them grow their business and yours as well with what you have to offer each other. This can be in form of direct business, or referrals, either way, it a Win-Win, and the beginning of a strong business relationship.

I hope this helps you in building a strong professional business network. Happy networking.

Put these valuable habits to good use, at The Ultimate Networking Event Live.
Since 2009 The Ultimate Networking Event has connected ten’s of thousands of business professionals. See our events at http://ultimatenetworkingevent.eventbrite.com

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6 Tips For Summer Networking Success.

“Summertime, and the living is easy,” and so is creating new contacts and connections. During the summer months, business networking events seem to cool down, but outdoor social events definitely heat up and everyone loves to have a good time. This is the perfect environment to create and build, long lasting relationships that could very well lead to big business. 6 Tips Summer Whether it’s on the Sports Fields, Play Grounds, Vacation, Theme Parks, Neighborhood Festivals, or BBQ’s you are going to constantly meet new people. This is where “Unintentional Networking” happens. Why is it “Unintentional Networking” ? Because this is the time that we often don’t look at what we are doing as networking, rather just enjoying ourselves with family and friends, but in actuality these are the closest connections we have, and if paid attention to and approached properly, they can become some of your most valued business connections. Here are 6 suggestions on how to make summertime networking work for you.

  1. Always Be Prepared, Carry Business Cards. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gone to personal functions and have asked for someone’s business card and they did not have one to give. Always have 5-10 cards on hand .
  2. Talk About Them, Ask Questions and Pay Close Attentions. The one thing I’ve learned over my 30 plus years of networking, people’s favorite subject is themselves. All you need to do is ask the questions, let them talk, and most important, pay close attention. People love to talk about their kids, so ask about their children and grandchildren. Ask about their home and if they are still living the same place, ask about their careers. You can be the catalyst to get them into full story mode, then just sit back, enjoy the conversation and listen, by listening attentively you will know if you will be able to connect professionally with them.
  3. Never Talk Business at a Non-Business Event. Always remember where you are and you will never overstep your bounds. Whether at a family or friend’s gathering, or on line at a theme park, remember you are out to have fun enjoying the summer, these are not business associates, that’s why you don’t talk business. If they do, don’t correct them, let them speak, but when they ask you about business, simply answer very briefly and follow it up with something like, “Hey, I don’t want to bore you with business talk here, let’s set a time to get together and see what we can do.” This keeps it social and they will know you are respecting there time as well.
  4. Tying Down A Time To Connect. This literally takes about 1 minute. This is where you ask  “What’s the best way to get in touch with you?”, take out your phone and take their number and email address Then ask 3 simple questions:
  • ” What’s the best time to call you, is ____day or ____day better?
  • “What’s better,  Morning Afternoon or Evening ?
  • “Great is 7:15 good or 8:30 better?

Multiple choice is always easier, having them choose a day and time out of their week is a lot tougher than simply picking one from the choices you’re giving. By giving them choices, you break down the barriers of confusion and they tend to remember you are calling them because they picked their own time to speak to you.

While you have your phone out, put them in your calendar. I like to use Google calendar for this. Add them to your schedule and be sure to add them as a participant so your system will send them an email with your scheduled appointment and also send them a reminder. Remember this is a social function, so they will need to be reminded of your call.

  1. Connect Through Social Media. You would be surprised to find that the people that are close to you, really don’t know exactly what you do. Connecting with them on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and other sites will prompt them to get to know you more. Remember, you had them speak more about themselves while and they’ve realized that they don’t know you as much as you know them, you’ve created curiosity and now they want to know you.
  2. Be On Time. This is where most people fail, Be sure to call them or meet with them at exactly the time you have scheduled them. Understand that you have created curiosity and they are most likely looking forward to your call or meeting. At this point they have probably read your social media profile and they may have came up with a way to work with you. This is really your 1st impression to them, don’t mess it up.

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