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Monday, November 1st, 2010
So you know networking is important for your small-medium sized business; but do you know how to network effectively?
Networking is key to promoting your business, finding leads, marketing yourself, and drawing referrals… yet most of the time it isn’t done correctly. I often hear people tell me “Nobody I met can use my services!” or “None of these people can help me” … what they fail to forget is NETWORKING IS NOT ONLY ABOUT YOU! It’s about each other, and developing a relationship that provides mutual benefits. The person you meet may not be able to help you right off the bat, but who knows when they’ll know someone that can help you.
Networking is like a marriage to some extent. You get to know each other, develop trust, gain credibility, and then support each other through thick and thin. When was the last time you met someone at one event and decided it was time to tie the knot? It’s a process!
So to help you in your journey in business networking & relationship marketing here are 10 Commandments I came across that can make you a better networker:
- Thou shalt drop the “what is in it for me?” attitude.
- Thou shalt listen.
- Thou shalt build a relationship.
- Thou shalt give the first referral.
- Thou shalt not tell others of the referral you require; thou shalt “show them” with a story.
- Thou shalt be specific of the type of referral.
- Thou shalt reciprocate when appropriate.
- Thou shalt participate in the network executive, functions, and network time.
- Thou shalt thank the person who gave a referral.
- Thou shalt follow up on the referral within 24 hours.
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Tags: Building Relationships, Business Networking, Business Relationships, Commandments
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Monday, September 27th, 2010
BOSS Member: Bernie Schmidt
The Achievement: increased his revenue by $10,000 through BOSS Community
How it Happened: By being a BOSS Member for 4 months; through events and online platform
What Led to Success:
- - BOSS “Speed Power Networking” & “Triad Power Networking” sessions that gave him solid referrals and leads that converted to sales
- - Business Networking with quality business owners that were passionate about growing
- - Trusting Relationships that allowed members to confidently promote his services to people in their network
- - Establishing himself as an expert in his industry by sharing what he knew about SEO Optimization rather than what services he delivered
Bernie (BOSS Member) Says…
“It was the goodwill value of BOSS that has truly made all the difference. It’s created an environment where business owners have a “How can I help you?” attitude, and in the end everyone benefits.”
When asked which members used his services, he went on to tell me that, in addition to current membership, many leads have developed with people from the networks of other members. Through this extended relationship-building he has been able to generate $10,000 from the referral marketing of other BOSS Members!
Now that’s results. Business Networking through BOSSystem works. Congrats Bernie!
Breakfast with BOSS: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 REGISTER
BOSS Triad Power Networking: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 REGISTER
… or email email@example.com to reserve yourself a spot.
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Earlier today 14 of our BOSS Members successfully completed the BOSSystem Orientation!
A group of our driven BOSS Members gathered at the Old Mill this morning to learn more about the online component of the BOSSystem. They learned how to navigate their member account, post announcements for other members to see, utilize the BOSS Directory, and most importantly how to send and receive referrals using the very unique BOSS Referral System.
What once were strangers from different areas of the city, became familiar faces over the course of the morning. Not only were they now part of an innovative business community and support network, but they were armed with a tool that can really take their business to the next level.
As always the power of BOSS shon through as members began to give each other leads and referrals that could potentially lead to business. Best of all, everyone was more than happy to pass on these leads since they know what goes around, comes around … Seven-fold!
Congratulations to Francisco, Laura, Roman, Robert, Anne, Mark, Jared, Ryan, Khusheu, Steve, Kyle, Don, David and Carolyn who are all officially BOSS Certified Members!
Stay tuned for our next BOSS Member Orientation coming up in the next few weeks!
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
More meetings were requested…SO…More meetings are being delivered!
As September 1st rolls around, summer may be winding down, but BOSS is ramping up… And ramping up in a BIG way!
We are holding 3 meetings this month – all of which are meant to…
1. Connect your business into our support network of business owners focused on growth and greater success
2. Give your business greater exposure
3. Provide you with business networking opportunities
Here’s a snapshot of the September schedule:
➢ BOSS Orientation & Networking Session
➢ BOSS Challenge Session & Networking Opportunity
Tuesday, September 14
4:00PM – 6:00PM
Canyon Creek – Airport (25 Carlson Court, Toronto, ON, M9W6A2)
*Space for 14 members*
➢ BOSS ‘Triad Power Networking’
Wednesday, September 22
3:30PM – 6:30PM
The Old Mill Inn
*Space for 75 members & guests
If you’re a BOSS member simply login to your member account and register while space is still available. And…don’t forget to check out all of the savings opportunities and referral system while you’re at it!
If you’re not a BOSS member yet – and are serious about your business – register for the BOSS 90 Day Challenge to experience the system and September activities for yourself! You will not be disappointed…
We stand by the value we provide…and challenge any serious business owner in any industry to put the BOSSystem to the test. We invite you to take the challenge & want to see you in September!
Thursday, August 26th, 2010
“…because over the past 4 meetings I’ve began to figure out what works and what doesn’t in the way I market my business. BOSS helped me realize that it’s about expressing to others what it is I enjoy about what I do!”
These are the words of Jared, one of our BOSS Members, this morning as he reflected back on our event last night.
It still gives me quivers to hear these stories and many others which prove the incredible impact we are having on each and every business owner we work with. I am constantly motivated by the quality of the community of businesses we are bringing together to really leverage off each other in some of the most creative ways possible. After asking BOSS Members to share their BOSS Success Stories at the beginning of last night, we learnt about various new partnerships, friendships, and referrals all starting to form within BOSS. But don’t take my word for it, why not call some of our very own members to find out how they’re benefiting first hand! (more…)
Tags: Benefit, BOSS 90 Day Challenge, Partnerships, Possibilities, Stats Canada, Success Stories, Triad Power Networking
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Monday, August 23rd, 2010
This Wednesday, August 25th BOSS will be holding it’s Member and Guest event. Taking place at the Old Mill Inn, this is a chance for serious business owners to come together, connect, promote their products/services, share knowledge with one another, and learn about the creative and innovative ways that BOSS is helping businesses grow!
Here are the details:
When? Wednesday, August 25th | 3:30PM – 6:30PM
Where? The Old Mill Inn
TO REGISTER PLEASE CLICK HERE
*Please note you must confirm your attendance by registering above to contacting Jonathan at jtufts @ bossystem.org
Thursday, July 8th, 2010
Business owners love networking!
For many businesses networking is the lifeblood of new opportunities – especially smaller businesses and entrepreneurs.
From my experience running the last BOSS meeting, I have a much better understanding for what causes success at networking meetings, and what doesn’t. I learned some of the habits many business owners develop during meetings – not all business owners, but many:
(1) love talking about their business (as they should…)
(2) are primarily looking for quick sales as opposed to long term relationships (understandable in today’s economy I guess…)
(3) When not speaking about their business, can be distracted very easily
Pretty simple right? And yet everyone falls victim to operating this way at some time or another – myself included. It’s human nature. But focusing on talking, quick sales, and your own business, is a recipe to be forgotten! You may generate some immediate sales, but you wont be remembered as easily, or be kept top of mind as someone to follow up with. In other words, you wont STANDOUT!
It’s about the ‘WOW’ factor! (more…)
Monday, June 28th, 2010
Excitement mounted as BOSS Members and guests arrived at the Old Mill Inn.
This wasn’t going to be just another BOSS event. After receiving extensive feedback from our last event, the BOSS Team realized that changes were necessary to create even more value for the 75 business owners that were set to attend. We wanted to take action on what our BOSS Members and guests wanted to experience; since after all, this is their business community. So we, as a team, spent countless hours brainstorming, planning and preparing for an event that would create meaningful connections, solutions, and opportunities like never before. From the opening, right through the activities planned… we were ready to show all who attended exactly how BOSS could change their businesses forever. (more…)
Friday, June 25th, 2010
We all know life happens. There are certain occasions where being on-time just isn’t going happen; whether it’s work, family, car troubles, whatever the issue may be. In these situations, you are given a free pass, however, don’t take advantage! Make sure you plan ahead, give yourself plenty of time. Some useful tips include; waking up on time (don’t hit “snooze”), be aware of what time it is, and in my opinion, most helpful, plan to be 15 minutes early. Remember when you schedule a meeting or appointment, you are not only using your own time, yet the other party’s as well. Be considerate when making plans. In order to the get the most out of a meeting, or appointment, ensure you always arrive in a timely fashion, allowing yourself to relax, take a deep breath, and absorb the information discussed.
Monday, March 15th, 2010
Do you believe in concepts like karma, the law of cause and effect, or the more you give the more you receive? At BOSS we absolutely do and we believe that these laws, if adopted, can create significant opportunities for greater results and growth for any business.
To demonstrate this most effectively lets look at the power of sending another business a referral and what this can do for your own business. We all know the benefits of receiving a referral, but what are the benefits to the person sending a referral?
If I am a smart business owner, when I receive a referral from somebody I immediately feel two things: (1) I am excited at the prospect of new business and (2) I am thankful to whoever has just referred the potential client to me. I am also immediately thinking about the person who has sent the referral to me, about their business, and how I can repay them for the effort they made on my behalf. That person’s company is now top of mind for me and, if I am smart, I will be making every effort to repay them. (more…)