What message are you and your business really sending? Think about this.

I think this is a great exercise to check in with quarterly.  It’s very easy to get running on that hamster wheel and not be able to get off.

Emily Dickson said “If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves.”    I believe there’s a lot of truth to this.

Let’s do a quick check in:

1 – Are you too busy?

  • Have you become comfortable saying you are ” too busy”?
  • Do your friends, family, clients feel that they would be adding to that overwhelm?  (maybe they even just want to hang but you are always too busy)
  •  Do you overbook yourself and always on the run? 

Solutions could be: Learn how to say No, become really effective at Time Management, ask for help!

2 – How do you present yourself? 

  • Do you look good and portray the proper image personally and professionally?
  • You look and smell great?
  • You are always wearing a Smile, have a firm handshake, positive attitude and look people in the eye?

3 – Are you accountable? 

  • Do you show up to events, meetings and appointments on time?
  • Are you prepared?
  • Do you follow through with what you say you will do, people know they can count on you?

4 – Are you listening?

  • Are you paying attention and “all in” when someone is talking to you?
  • Do you understand what your friend, customer or business associate really needs and how you can help?
  • Do you understand who else could help them, and showing you really do care?

5 – Is your message clear? 

  • Is the message you are delivering meaningful and clear?
  • Is there a call to action or process in place to help them navigate your offering?
  • Do they understand who you can help and how?

6 – Are you giving?

  • Do they see you as that person that helps everyone?
  • You take the time to really get to know them and help/refer people that can provide solutions for their needs?
  • Are you standing out as the “go to” person.

7 – Do you ask for help?

  • For referrals to people that can help the people you know and are meeting?
  • For people that you can collaborate with or use services to make your business or personal life more efficient?
  • Have you mastered the skill of asking the right questions to direct your connections to opportunities that allow them to help you?

So tell me, are you sending the right message?  

When you have a business it’s important to remember that what people see and hear you do, is how they perceive you…   Sometimes you don’t get a second chance.   So make every moment count and be conscious of the image you want to portray.

Know, Like & Trust, what’s your thoughts? Is this the first step?

I would love to introduce you to the people I know in Ottawa, please join me at an upcoming meeting or event to meet some great people.

Margaret-Ann Davis 
Relationship Expert  
GR Business Networking Ottawa
1.613.294.6263

Business Networking groups. Which one is right for you? Top 3 things to consider!

analyzing-brainstorming-business-people-1124062.jpgFirst what is a Business Networking Referral Group?
 
Business:  An organization/person which provides a product or service to sell.
Networking:  A place to exchange information with people that have a common interest.
Referral: Sharing/referring a service, product or person to someone
Group:  People who have regular contact and work together to achieve common goals.
 
A business networking group can be one of the most valuable tools that you use to grow your business both personally and professionally offering you:
  • A place to meet and build relationships with like-minded people.
  • A team that is ready to help, support, share ideas and brainstorm 
  • People that want to exchange referrals contributing to each others success

With so much choice it’s hard to know which one’s the right fit for you.    

There are business events based on one of’s, Gender, Cultural, Race, Age etc. but it is my belief that if we want to grow as a true community, with no prejudice, we need to build groups that are inclusive to all, bring everyone together. 

Being an entrepreneur, owning a business, offering a product/service to help others that you are passionate about is wonderfully rewarding, but make no mistake, we all have the same challenges whether you are running solo or leading a large company.               This is why it’s so important to be part of a TEAM – when things are going good and when  business presents challenges.  It works both ways! 

Here’s 3 key points to consider when participating in a business group

1 – DIVERSITY:
 
When the group is diverse it opens you up to people you normally wouldn’t meet, that are not in your circle, gives you an opportunity to learn from your peers, become better at your craft and enjoy a well rounded business.
 
Consider: 
  • men and woman, all age groups, cultures, education
  • start-ups and established businesses, mentors and mentorship
  • professionals, tradespersons, entrepreneurs and business owners
2 – GIVERS:
 
You need to have the “Go-Giver” mindset,  and be all in.  That means being an active participant, sharing, educating and opening your doors as well.  You need to be the member you want others to be and it needs to feel good.
 
Consider:
  • people you feel genuinely want to help each other and are welcoming 
  • format that allows for sharing and presenting to really get to know each other
  • members that volunteer/fundraise/non-profit//teach/help others
3 – COMMUNITY:
 
A group or team will thrive when you have commonalities.   Creating a community environment cements relationships, there really is no division between personal and professional relationships, it’s just all about your Relationships.
 
Consider: 
  • What can you learn and what can you give to the group to have a team that thrives?  
  • What is the mission or common thread that keeps you together?
  • Do you have similar interests such as hobbies, sports, kids, favourite causes.   
 
What is the best choice for you?  Where do you start? 
 
It starts with you, and although it can require a financial commitment it is more about the investment of TIME that matters to be successful at networking. 
It’s important to send the right message, what message are you sending?
 
 

I welcome you to attend an event with GR Business Networking – we offer weekly meetings, a variety of events put on by GR and Members, workshops to help you succeed with a variety of times and days to fit your schedule. 

Are you participating in a business networking group?  

Do you have questions?  

Feel free to jot me a note, I welcome your conversation and answering any questions you have.    

Margaret-Ann Davis 
Business Networking is my Business 
GR Business Networking Ottawa
1.613.294.6263

A must read for all business owners:  “The Go-Giver” by Bob Burg & John David Mann

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