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Digital Skills and Mindset

by Penny Power on December 31, 2012 · 0 comments

group 3 (276x183)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. [click to continue…]

Standing on a chair!

by David Wimblett on November 26, 2012 · 0 comments

I was at a networking event recently.  You know the sort of thing, loads of business owners in a room, food and drink, lots of noise, so you have to shout to make yourself heard, and a few people get to give a minute sales pitch.  And, unless you are standing in the front row, or the event has a PA, they can’t be heard and so everyone just continues talking, not taking the slightest bit of notice.

Pretty much a waste of time!  Well at this event one of the speakers did their best to be heard; to stand out.  They jumped up on a chair and spoke from there.  From where I was at least I could see him but I still couldn’t hear a word that was said. [click to continue…]

How many BNI members are dog owners?

by Charlie Lawson on October 8, 2012 · 2 comments

I had a very interesting question posed to me the other day.  I was chatting to a lady who had visited a BNI group for the first time, and when I asked her what she thought of the meeting, her reply was:

“It was good.  Tell me though – what percentage of BNI’s membership across the UK are dog owners?”

Now, I know that in BNI we track a lot of things – but whether our members are dog owners is not something we’ve traditionally thought would be overly important in the generation of business referrals for our members!  [click to continue…]

Last year I visited Vietnam to speak at two events about networking and why it is so important. In preparation for my talks I asked Vietnamese business owners and expats based there for their views on Vietnamese networking culture and how it compares to the way we network in the West.

Whenever I speak overseas I am told that the culture in the country I am visiting is different to the UK and, importantly, is less well developed. Swedes tell me they are shy, Romanians told me they are less willing to share ideas, contacts or advice. The Vietnamese told me that the really strong relationships lie in communities such as the family, the local neighbourhood or the Party. [click to continue…]

There are no statues to the critics!

December 15, 2011

I am a huge advocate of the power of Blogging. The ability for us to be able to get our thoughts out into the world and self publish is astonishing to me. I have been doing it since 2002 and I have to be careful sometimes when I come across closed minds that don’t want to Blog. Don’t want to, don’t know how to or don’t think anyone would be interested in you? These are three very different challenges. I will treat the two separately.

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Listen more to be remembered

October 6, 2011

Listen 75% of the time. People love to talk about themselves and you will be remembered. People in my network often joke that a one-to-one with me will be at least two hours. I have actually had a 6 hour meeting on one occasion. I have a reputation for talking – but if you ask people I have had these marathon 1-1 meetings with what it was like they will all tell you “we spent most of the time talking about my business not Dinah’s”. ME – everyone’s favourite topic of conversation. My world. My business. My challenges. These are [...]

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