This 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…]
I was stopped at a red light at some road works a few weeks ago and the car ahead of me (who was nearest the lights) just moved off and ran the red light. Maybe he just got sick of waiting, or maybe he thought that the lights were broken and stuck on red as they seemed to stay red for ages.
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I cannot emphasise enough the importance of setting clear goals if you want an effective referrals strategy. The clearer you are in your own mind about what you are looking for, the better placed you are to communicate those needs to your network and to help them find and convert the opportunities to refer you.
If you are going to attend networking events or join groups, you need to pick the right ones for you and understand what success is going to look like for you. [click to continue…]
I once read an interview in one of London’s newspapers about the incoming CEO of a high street bank. Something about the interview really resonated with me, and so – even though I wasn’t entirely sure why I was doing it – I quickly wrote to him, inviting him out for a drink. A few days later, to my surprise and delight I received a reply, accepting my invitation. Even to this day I have no idea why he said yes, but I’m glad he did; a year or so later he was able to host an event for me on the top floor of their corporate head quarters. The evening raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for a community charity. [click to continue…]