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Dec
06

Networking Poetry: Words that introduce

I’m always amazed by what happens when you put open-minded people together, especially in business. The result recently was pure poetry – literally! Take a look below at what unexpectedly came out of an event I ran; it was heart-warming and epitomised everything about how networking can be. I owe this blog post to one […]

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Sep
10

Working Holidays: 3 reasons why it’s ok

So, how was your summer? Did you take a holiday? Did you work still? Did you network still? August for many involves holiday time, myself included. Yet self-employment, despite all its flexibility, still meant that it was not a month without some work or networking. The working world was still ticking after all! We all need […]

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Jul
31

Are you loyal to your business value set?

Do you know – and remain loyal to – your core value set in business? July’s blog is inspired by two recent events: Firstly being referred to as a comfortable, friendly networking group. And secondly, experiencing a bad debt – my first non-payer in years! Both made me consider my business values and if, during […]

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Jun
01

When is ‘business as usual’ ok?

Like many business owners I’ve spoken to, business was not as usual in the aftermath of events in Manchester and it was difficult to know when to resume normality, particularly on social media and especially as it occurred on our doorstep.  This was compounded further for me personally when at the end of that same […]

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May
16

Do you have the KLT factor?

I owe my blog theme this month to a recent marketing course delivered by Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub and Carpe Diem wherein the concept of H2H marketing was the focus and where I was also introduced to the room by a fellow delegate as a person that is ‘known, liked and trusted’. ‘Know – Like […]

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Apr
26

Quality or Quantity: the eternal networking debate

So, what’s your networking preference…and is there a place for both quantity and quality? Do you view networking as a numbers a game; meet enough people and you’re bound to generate prospects, populate your sales funnel, engage that ideal supplier or find a solutions provider for yourself or a contact. Or are you after quality, […]

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Mar
21

Guest Blog – I’m Really Sorry. I Didn’t Have Time!

It’s time for time management and according to this blog, perhaps a holiday too. Our blog this month offers one ‘time management’ tip and comes from business coach Mark Dyble of SME Business Solutions, who also the speaker and facilitator at Colony’s March 2017 event. I’m Really Sorry. I Didn’t Have Time. “I’m sorry I didn’t have […]

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Feb
13

Networking Do’s and Don’ts aren’t enough. Try WWWWWH

There are always plenty of articles providing well-intended advice for networkers (new and experienced) on the desirable Do’s and perilous Don’ts of networking. Whilst the advice is practical, mostly common-sense, and helpful, it probably needs to go a step further. Once in a while you still get someone who exhibits from the Don’t list – […]

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Jan
17

Successful businesses need a Plan B

As in life, businesses need a Plan B. Not everything goes to plan all of the time. Having a Plan B is not a sign of being defeatist, pessimistic or, as some might say, allowing negative pre-programming of your mindset. Quite the contrary. Having a Plan B is all about entertaining thoughts of success. It’s […]

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Nov
15

Guest Blog – 3 Reasons to start a Business Blog

Our blog this month ironically covers the subject of ‘Blogging’. Our guest blogger this month is communications expert, Lucy Jackman from Comma Sense Limited, also our speaker and trainer at our November event. Blogging on your website is a great way to engage with your customers, however many people I meet are afraid to write […]

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