Penny Power

man-with-laptop-150x150This month, I thought I would give an overview of some of the projects that I feel BNI members could benefit from, whether needing more skills in their own business, or wanting to be part of the digital skills shortage solution!

Networking is a key part of my life, I join up dots and see opportunities whilst joining up the gaps. Over the past 3 years I have assisted with ‘funded skills programs’, placing young people into work and providing ‘free’ training to small businesses, specialising in digital skills.

The past 16 years have been a test of my tenacity and passion (sound familiar?) and I sense now that the need for digital skills is reaching a point whereby those that don’t have the skills are very worried, and those that have them and want to share this knowledge are being well paid and reaching a saturation point in their own capacity. Is this a demand outstrips supply scenario? It soon will be I believe. [click to continue…]

Side view of a young boy using laptop isolated on white backgrouI guess we all have something to celebrate on the back of me being awarded an OBE for ‘Services to Entrepreneurship in Social and Digital Development’ in the New Year Honours 2014!

Why you?  Well, I assume you are an entrepreneur.  These are the great people that BNI attract, and I assume you ‘get’ digital as you are logging on and reading a blog.  The part missing from the Queen’s Citation to me was ‘networking’.  Everything I have done and continue to do is about helping business people understand how to network online.  I know 100% that as a BNI member you are aware of business networking.  So, here you are – please celebrate with me that our world has been recognised at quite a high level. [click to continue…]

Social Credibility

by Penny Power on April 16, 2014 · 1 comment

images[8]I always take great delight in writing a blog for BNI as I know it lands on people that understand and live by a philosophy of ‘Givers Gain’. In this month’s blog I thought I would examine this belief system against the backdrop of how we all use the online world.

I remember when blogging was first introduced on our community site Ecademy, an online and offline Business Network that Thomas and I founded in 1998. We introduced blogging in 2002. Teaching people the technology of uploading a blog was one thing; the next step was to ensure they weren’t loading an advert in the form of an editorial. The term ‘advertorial’ started to be shouted out at members when they stepped over this delicate line.

Learning to ‘give your knowledge freely but sell your expertise’ was a balance and we encouraged members to become more open with one another, random in the way they connected and supportive in their intent. Many people came to the online world with a Closed, Selective and Controlling mindset, very true to the old ways of doing business. One thing for sure the ‘connected world’ has forced us all to re-examine our intentions for connecting and networking. [click to continue…]

Does your P&L or your Intent drive your business?

by Penny Power on November 15, 2013 · 0 comments

Multi-ethnic group portraitOver the last 15 years of working on the Internet, for the Internet and with the Internet I have seen the maturity of its use by business people. Shifting from e-commerce and focus on website brochures to connecting widely though the various ‘social’ sites to build brand, trust and the asset of a ‘follower’. [click to continue…]

Digital Supply Chain

May 7, 2013

Recently I made a pretty ground breaking decision which was a moment of realisation for me. I decided that I couldn’t do business with suppliers or colleagues, collaborate or belong to Discussion Groups unless the people I was connecting with we’re digitally savvy and could respond to email, Calendar Invitations and open documents fast. Of course, I have to accept that clients are not digitally savvy at all times, that is my marketplace. My life now leads me into many exciting projects to help the digital economy, to grow the skills within the digital supply chain between companies and people. [...]

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Give your knowledge away and sell your expertise

February 12, 2013

When I created a community of business owners online in 1998 my motive was to create a place for sharing of knowledge and a place where people could openly share their issues and needs for knowledge. This was a subtle shift in the world of business, a nudge, as some might say, to encourage business people to be friends and to care about one another- online. I knew that if we could create such a great place, a community then we would see business people become thought-leaders. Learning to share knowledge is a mindset shift. We have always been taught [...]

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Digital Skills and Mindset

December 31, 2012

Could 2013 be the year you monetise your online brand? I cannot believe that 2013 will mark my 15th year of being committed to providing Digital Skills to business.  The journey has been fast, exhilarating and has taught me the power of tenacity, choice and how to work with open minds.  I have chosen not to work with closed ones!  That is another story.

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Thank you to Tim and Charlie for supporting Born Digital Youths

November 6, 2012

On the 11th October the Digital Youth Academy (DYA) had its official launch at the House of Lords, hosted by Lord Jim Knight. The mission we share with businesses, colleges and wonderful networks such as BNI is to connect two fabulous resources that we have in the UK – our Business Community and our Born Digital Youths, so that together we can innovate, thrive, grow and understand the social culture of the online world for business. 

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