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Networking Ideas to Help You Through Those Awkward Situations #65

Are you looking for new networking ideas to help you survive those in-person networking events? Networking can feel awkward for everybody, even for extroverts like Maelisa and Amber. Luckily they have come up with some networking tips to share with you. The networking extraordinaires have put together some advice based on their own experiences networking at many events. Listen to this episode to hear how to extricate yourself from uncomfortable conversations, how to make others feel comfortable, and how to set networking goals.

Networking can be awkward even for extroverts

Amber recently moved across the country to Asheville, NC. Since she is so new in town, the only friend she has, Michael Dietrich Chastain, invited her to a networking event. Obviously, she wants to meet some people in her new town, but this event was at 7 am. Although it was way too early in the morning for her she pulled herself together and made it to the event. Even though she is an extrovert, walking into a room where you are the new person in the group can be extremely unnerving. Find out how Amber managed to make the best of a new situation on this episode of My Biz Bestie.

How to extricate yourself from an uncomfortable conversation

We’ve all been to networking events and gotten into conversations where we feel stuck. It could be with someone your just not clicking with, or a conversation you don’t want to have. Simply walking away is not an option. So how do you politely extricate yourself from an uncomfortable conversation? One way is to include someone else in the conversation so that you can comfortably leave. This doesn’t mean you grab the first person you see. Give it some thought. Who might share a connection with this person? You don’t have to make it a big deal or harder than it needs to be. Politely excuse yourself and leave. Have you ever been in an awkward networking conversation? Share your story with the besties on Instagram!

What are your networking goals?

Before attending a networking event set some goals for yourself. Pro tip: your goals should not include selling x number of whatever it is you sell. Your intentions should be making connections and creating real relationships. Connecting with others helps you find the value in others not as potential buyers but as people. Think about how you can help others. Do you set goals for yourself before networking events? Try using this networking strategy before your next networking event and share your story here.

Networking ideas you can use anywhere

  1. Be an includer. Include others in the conversation. If you see someone new at an event you frequent help them out by introducing yourself and then introducing them to others.

  2. Find out how you can help others. This helps you be of value to those you want to connect with.

  3. Don’t make a big ask right away. This is so tacky, instead, see tip 2!

  4. Be kind and friendly. This goes a long way when meeting new people.

  5. Have realistic expectations and be willing to put yourself out there

Listen to this episode to hear all the networking ideas that we share. But if you are still looking for more networking tips check out our Networking Master Class to learn detailed tips and tricks you can use to help put you at ease and rock your next networking event.

In this episode...

  • [3:12] Amber recently attended a networking event in her new city

  • [9:25] How to extricate yourself from an uncomfortable conversation

  • [15:25] Don’t make things complicated.

  • [19:10] What is your purpose?

  • [28:14] Check out our networking masterclass

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How to Collaborate with Others to Build Your Business with Leanne Peterson #61

Are you looking to collaborate with others to build your business? Do you have loads of creative ideas that you can share with the world if you just had the right partner? Collaborative genius, Leanne Peterson, joins the My Biz Bestie podcast to share her expertise in this area. She has a lot of wisdom to share on how to collaborate with others both at your level of success and beyond. Listen to this episode to hear her share her experience on collaborating with others to grow your community and your business.

How do you reach out to collaborate with others on a project?

Everyone likes the idea of collaborating on a project with others. But then people tend to stumble on the how. How do you collaborate with someone? How do you reach out? What do you say? What do you do?

When you want to work with someone at your level, collaboration is easy. It can be as easy as picking up the phone or shooting off an email and pitching your idea. You have to ask, but sometimes its easier and more affordable than you think. You never know what the other person is thinking, your idea may be an exciting opportunity for them.

TWEET THIS: If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together

Start where you are

You probably shouldn’t reach out and call Oprah just yet. Start small. You can look to other sole business owners around you and see how you can build a project that would be mutually beneficial. You can also step out of your box. Sometimes as online business owners people tend to think that they have to stay in the online space. But you can look around at the local businesses in your area to see if there are opportunities right under your nose. Local businesses may have resources that you don’t and you may have more reach than they do. You never know what can become of a relationship until you reach out. Start with a small project and see if you want to continue building a relationship to collaborate on something bigger.

How do you collaborate with someone who is out of your league?

Creating a business is all about building different relationships. Begin to think about your long-term business goals and then think about who you want to develop relationships with. If you are looking to begin a relationship with someone a few steps ahead of you in their business then try becoming a fangirl. Stalk them online, take their classes, join their masterminds. Taking their courses is a great way to get in front of them. You can then begin to build touchpoints to build the relationship you want. You can then start nurturing your relationship so that when the time comes to make the big ask, they will already know you and understand who you are and what you do. Listen to Leanne Peterson describe how to reach out to others who are just beyond your reach on this episode of My Biz Bestie.

Feel the fear and do it anyway

Reaching out to others can be scary but changing your mindset can help you grow. Curiosity and fear can’t exist at the same time. So if you are curious about what the outcome will be you won’t have the space to be scared about what will happen. When reaching out it can be helpful to have a script when calling or you can just wing it. You might feel those 7 hard seconds before you press the send button on the email or call button on the phone. But feel the fear and do it anyway. Discover how to feel more confident about collaborating with others by listening to Leanne’s sage advice on this episode of My Biz Bestie.

In this episode...

  • [3:12] Everyone likes the idea of collaborating, but how to do it?

  • [8:07] It's smart to look around you at your local space

  • [12:25] Creating a business is all about building different relationships

  • [16:15] How did Leanne choose who to collaborate with?

  • [25:39] Get in front of someone else’s audience

  • [32:05] How well has Leanne planned out her events?

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The Keys to Building and Maintaining Business Relationships with Betsy Furler #60

Even if you’re great at networking you may struggle with maintaining business relationships. It can be a struggle to keep up with those contacts that you have met in various different circumstances. Your App Lady and networking extraordinaire, Betsy Furler, joins the My Biz Bestie podcast to discuss the power of networking and the often forgotten role of maintaining business relationships. Listen in to this conversation to learn from Betsy’s expertise and discover how important networking and maintaining relationships are.

Betsy is a speech pathologist that turned into Your App Lady

Betsy Furler is a speech pathologist with a passion for helping people with disabilities. Her work in speech pathology has led her to connect with many people with disabilities. This led her to help companies create disability-friendly workplaces. She loves apps and is passionate about the use of apps and technology to help those with disabilities. Her company, For All Abilities, helps people with disabilities navigate challenges in the workplace and brings disability awareness to workplaces around the world. Listen to this episode to hear how

You may want to rethink taking a break over the holidays

Many people take a break from their business and networking over the holidays. But Betsy learned that even during downtime networking can lead to real payoffs. She shares a story about how continuing to network over the holidays paid off in a big way. She attended one networking event which led to another and ended up making connections which sparked a domino effect. That one networking decision to attend an event during Christmastime landed her 4 amazing meetings with people that were highly connected all over the world in her field. Those 4 meetings resulted in 2 consulting gigs.

Build genuine relationships, not just business contacts

Betsy is not a shy person she is the epitome of an extrovert. She knows a lot of people and loves to meet people randomly. The great thing about Betsy is that she speaks to everyone as if they are her best friend. What makes her conversations different from many other people is that she always exchanges her contact information and stays in touch with the people she meets. Betsy is intentional about continuing the connections she has made. She loves to nurture those connections and build real relationships. She is genuinely interested in people’s lives, not just as business connections.

The importance of maintaining business relationships

Betsy understands just how important it is to maintain business relationships. She knows that networking doesn’t stop at attending conferences and cocktail parties. To maintain her professional relationships she keeps track of her contacts by using a simple spreadsheet. She tried different apps but found the best way to keep track of her networking contacts is with a spreadsheet. She has columns for their name, their contact information, where she met them, when they met, and other interesting information about the contact. She keeps it updated as she gets to know them. She goes through the spreadsheet about once a month. She is trying to be more intentional about nurturing her relationships with people on a more regular basis. Learn how to create and maintain business relationships on this episode of My Biz Bestie with Betsy Furler.

In this episode...

  • [3:12] You never know when networking will pay off

  • [9:57] What makes Betsy’s network so amazing?

  • [14:45] A cautionary tale about keeping track of connections

  • [18:09] A simple spreadsheet is all she needs to keep track of her networking

  • [21:25] How she met a group of tech company CEO’s

  • [26:27] Betsy only attends conferences where she could make connections

  • [37:09] Look for paid events

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How to Set Networking Goals with Nikki Rausch #56

Nikki Rausch is ready to teach you how to set networking goals by using her Stride 5 list on this episode of My Biz Bestie. Nikki is Your Sales Maven, a sales coach, author, and speaker. She teaches entrepreneurs and business owners how to sell without being salesy. Nikki prefers to build strong relationships in an authentic way before ever engaging in a sale. Learn how to build authentic relationships first by setting networking goals on this episode of My Biz Bestie.

Why is it important to build relationships first?

You may be thinking that building relationships prior to a sale is a waste of time, but it's not. Making sales starts with relationships, so understanding how to build authentic relationships is important to the sales process. Consumers are constantly bombarded by advertising these days. They are much more savvy and skeptical and don’t want to buy from every person trying to sell them something. The selling process gets easier when you build a relationship first. Most entrepreneurs are not just selling a product they create a story behind it. When you can tell your story well it engages with your audience. And once your audience connects with you they are more likely to buy from you.

What is the Stride 5 method?

The Strive 5 is method is a way to set an intention around the people you want to connect with. The next time you attend a live event make a list of 5 people who you really want to connect with and have an interaction with. The whole idea behind the Strive 5 is to dream big, In your wildest dreams who would you like to meet? Even the smallest interaction can lead to something bigger down the road. Nikki’s Strive 5 doesn’t always include people she wants to sell to. Often it includes people she simply wants to be around and learn from.

How to use the Stride 5 list to set networking goals

Networking at live events can be tricky. You only have so much time at a conference so creating a Stride 5 list and setting networking goals can help you from feeling overwhelmed. There are a million ways to get sidetracked from your true intentions if you don’t have concrete networking goals. The Stride 5 list is a way to focus your intentions on those you really want to meet. You’ll meet plenty of other people as well. But you can put yourself in situations or take opportunities to connect with the people on your Stride 5 list. Listen to this episode to hear Nikki Rausch explain how she uses her Stride 5 list to set networking goals.

What should people who are just starting out focus on?

When you are just starting out you may have different intentions than someone who has been doing this awhile. It is important to update your list frequently. You can even have multiple lists. When thinking about creating your list focus on the connections you intend to make. Why do you want to meet that person? What can you learn from them? What can you offer them? Remember that building a community is an important way to build your business. The stride 5 list is a great way to help you up your networking goals and build your community.

In this episode...

  • [6:12] What is her Strive 5 method?

  • [10:22] Having a premade list helps you push past your comfort zone

  • [16:44] Does she share her Strive 5 list with others?

  • [19:34] Even a small connection can lead to a bigger one later

  • [21:51] What should people who are just starting out focus on?

  • [25:22] What has come from her Stride 5 list?

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