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May
27

Reframing the New Networking Normal

Are we in the process of reframing what connectivity looks like and is a new networking normal emerging from the frames presented on screen? When you log in to an online business or networking event, do you look at the celebrity squares or bouncing bubbles on screen bursting with an eclectic mix of eager faces […]

By Kirsty James | Business News
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Apr
23

How to tackle Virtual Networking Imposter Syndrome

In a world that is increasingly online, there is a new networking normal appearing, one that demands us to be present on screen and confident under the new “lights, camera, record” of video conferencing. 70% of people experience imposter syndrome it is claimed but it’s not just confined to successful, highly-driven, entrepreneurial people and it […]

By Kirsty James | Business News
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Dec
23

The ‘C’ Word: 12 tips to build business relationships

Do you have a letter or word you associate most with your business? My chosen letter is C. Not surprising given that my networking business is called Colony (named because an ant Colony symbolises teamwork) and given that my name is Kirsty (ok, not a ‘C’ but still starts with a ‘Cuh’ sound and if […]

By Kirsty James | Business News
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Aug
09

12 Tips on Feedback

I’ve always likened the process of asking for feedback in business to the debate (that frequently rages in my household) about whether studying history can add value to your future life. My personal view is that you can’t know where you’re headed until you know where you’ve been and what has worked – or hasn’t. […]

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Jan
16

Goals, resolutions, or the tools to achieve them?

Recognise these New Year clichés? ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’ – Alan Lakein / Benjamin Franklin. ‘Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one’ – Brad Paisley. ‘New Year, New You’ – I agree with a recent commentator I saw on this – yuk! January is […]

By Kirsty James | Business News
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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 […]

By Kirsty James | Business News
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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 […]

By Kirsty James | Business News
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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 […]

By Kirsty James | Business News
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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 […]

By Kirsty James | Business News
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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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