How to Network in the New Normal

May 5, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As businesses and entrepreneurs quickly transition from face-to-face interactions to digital, the way we network has completely changed. Instead of meeting people at in-person events or venues, entrepreneurs are now needing to adapt to digital networking. Related: Free Webinar — Networking in the New Normal Ivan Misner is the author of Networking Like a Pro and the founder and chairman of BNI. In a previous webinar, Misner explained how you and your business can continue to network effectively in the new normal. Today, he’s following up with a Q&A video, taking on questions from our audience to clear the air on a few important topics. Related: Focus on Networking With People Who Are Engines, Not Anchors Read_More Related posts: 3 Ways to Diversify Your Network 4 Tips for Building Your Dream Network How to Leverage Your Real-World Network to Build Your Online Business What […]

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How to build an audience: my unconventional approach to rebuilding mine in a few years

In the last four years I’ve launched one 7-figure and two 6-figure businesses off the back of the audiences I’ve built up. Since a lot of the people who read my stuff don’t have an audience like mine, I often get questions, such as this one below, on how to build an audience: Thanks for the question Nick, because I was wondering what I was going to write about this week and I think this is a great topic. What a lot of people don’t know, is while I’ve been online for a decade, I actually started almost entirely from scratch 4 years ago, giving up virtually everything I’d done in the 7 years prior. There is a lot of information out there on how to build an audience, but all of it focusses on how to increase your metrics like conversions, email list subscribers, social media followers etc. The […]

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Why Offline Is the New Online (and What This Means for Entrepreneurs)

It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know and who they know. January 28, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. All it takes is one new human connection to change the trajectory of your entire life. This is something I experienced after doing tons of traveling this summer. I was attending different masterminds and experiences in places like Tulum, Italy, Spain, Paris, Amsterdam and Greece. One of the biggest realizations I had from these experiences was that the new online is offline. I’ve been pulling away from online platforms, videos and courses. Connecting online with people is great, but I believe that there isn’t anything like connecting with someone’s energy in person. Truth is, your network is your social currency. That’s why it’s so important for you to get out into the world to meet new people, because at any moment, your life […]

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4 Tips for Building Your Dream Network

January 13, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it comes to networking, these days it’s easy to get distracted by the sheer amount of tools available to us. From LinkedIn and Twitter to online forums and Facebook Groups, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to invest your time, energy and dollars. On top of that, the nature of networking shifts as the tech landscape changes—making each year different from the last. That being said, by following a few basic rules and being active within a couple key venues, you’ll be able to take your network to the next level. #1. Don’t discount the “human connection.” No matter how digital the world becomes, face-to-face interactions will never lose their value. Not only does meeting in person leave a more memorable imprint than a digital interaction, but it can also be more efficient. After all, not many people can type […]

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5 Tips to Help You Build Your Network

This founder’s event marketing company is known for curating gift bags and onsite brand integrations for award shows, red carpets, premieres and more. December 20, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Rachael Cosgrove, the founder of Gift Bags by Rachael, is a marketer who connects brands with high-profile events and award shows. Cosgrove worked in Event Marketing at People Magazine for 12 years where she was involved in every aspect of People’s sponsorships of events like the Academy Awards, Grammys, Emmys, SAG Awards, Country Music Awards and many others. Among her many duties, Cosgrove was the lead on gift bags. Eventually, she started helping her colleagues at Time Inc.’s sister publications with their gift bag needs. She soon realized she had begun building what would become her own business. Since launching her company five years ago, Cosgrove has created a network spanning several industries. While she has curated gift bags […]

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This One Personality Trait Sets Apart the Good Networkers From the Bad

If you possess this characteristic, you will have less problems broadening your social circle. December 10, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Have you noticed that humble people don’t think less of themselves — they just think of themselves less? Some of the best networkers I know are humble. In fact, many of the most successful people I’ve ever met have been remarkably humble. My experiences have lead me to believe that being humble and being successful don’t have to be mutually exclusive.  Related: The Importance of Getting Along With Others I remember going to a political function in my late-teens. I had decided that I wanted to pour myself into a campaign for a particular individual whose platform I appreciated. During this event is when I met this individual. I was introduced to him by someone high up in his campaign. As soon as he learned that I was a lowly […]

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10 Products That Will Help Make a Good First Impression

A good first impression can help build a lasting business relationship. October 30, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. We hear so much about the importance of first impressions that it’s at risk of becoming clichéd. And yet, there’s truth to clichés. Making a good first impression can be the difference between building a successful business relationship or losing a potential client. The good news? It’s easier than you think to make a positive first impression, and all of these products can help. Electric Toothbrush Clean – $29.95 Image credit: Amazon Good start, right? Of course you’re brushing your teeth every day but this electric toothbrush gives you a higher-powered clean that gets rid of […]

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Why This Entrepreneur Says to Check Your Ego at the Door

July 13, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneur and master connector JJ Jones shares the story of his windy road to success from the suburbs, to the hood, to the south and (eventually) to Las Vegas. Jones talks about how his musical aspirations as a teenager led him to meet the Maloof brothers and land a job as their driver, as well as how his experiences with the pair taught him things that he couldn’t have learned in school. JJ and The Notebook host David Meltzer discuss topics such as dropping your ego in order to connect to others, the need to treat others well and be of service and how an attitude of humility and gratitude sets you up to appreciate everything in your life. Related: Sacrifice Your Way to Your Dream Job in Sports Read_More Related posts: Check Out The 2019 Super Bowl Commercials Before the […]

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What to Do When You Don’t Know Anyone in the Room

These 10 strategies will help you feel comfortable and make meaningful connections. July 11, 2019 6 min read This story originally appeared on Thrive Global For some of us, there is nothing more intimidating than walking into a room and realizing you don’t know a single soul (we’re looking at you, introverts). For others (hey, extroverts!), this kind of unfamiliarity paired with the opportunity to meet new people is refreshing — even exhilarating. We all have our own ways of getting comfortable when we venture into uncharted territory that help us get acclimated to new places and faces.  We asked members of the Thrive community to share the tactics they use to feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment, and start up meaningful conversations. Look for the loneliest person in the room “I look for the individual who appears to be the loneliest person in the room. I walk over to them, smile and say, ‘Hi, I’m […]

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Why Collecting Business Cards is Not Networking

Don’t be afraid to really put yourself out there. June 21, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the biggest mistakes people make when networking is thinking that it’s just about running around the room collecting as many business cards as possible. These are often people who don’t really like networking but they know they have to do it, and they think this is the best way to get it done. I’ve tried telling them that this is not networking — it’s either face-to-face cold calling or worse yet, it’s simply “card collecting.”  Years ago, I ran into a couple of business partners who made a competition of collecting cards at networking events. The person who collected the least number of cards had to buy the other partner dinner that week. They were very proud of this networking strategy — seriously, they bragged about it to […]

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How to Make the Most Helpful Connections While Networking

To get the most out of your efforts, seek out ambitious and well-connected individuals. June 17, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Brian Tracy describes how to get the most out of your networking. Tracy points out that many people make the mistake of networking with people who are not particularly ambitious or well-connected. Instead, you should seek out people who you recognize as going places in their lives. One of the best places to start networking is inside your own workplace. Start by approaching the top people in your company and asking them for advice.  Also, keep a look-out for how successful people treat others. Tracy explains, typically, successful people are individuals willing to help others. Unsuccessful people are most likely those who are looking to derive a benefit from others. And at the end of the day, if you come up short […]

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Use This Networking Strategy And You Could End Up Meeting the Next Bill Gates

Why you should always get to know the wallflowers. May 30, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I was recently talking about networking with a good friend of mine, Dr. Mark Goulston. Mark is a psychiatrist and consultant, and he said something that intrigued me.  “People should always introduce themselves to the wallflower in the room. Nobody attends a networking event wanting to stay in a corner and be left alone. They’re in that corner because the most technically skilled people are often socially shy. You never know when you’ll meet the next Bill Gates.” This comment really resonated with me, and it reminded me of a time a few years ago when I was at a party put on by Virgin Galactic relating to the testing of White Knight Two and SpaceShip Two. I walked outside the party and looked over in the […]

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Why Soft Skills Make Strong Networks

It is possible to do well, by doing good. April 19, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I’m not much of a “new-age” guy. Yet, I believe in the immense power of the Law of Reciprocity. This concept touches upon the deep-rooted psychological urge to do something nice for someone who did something nice for you. There is certainly value in soft skills, but if you would like to see some evidence as to why those skills work, I can tell you there’s a lot out there to support the Law of Reciprocity, starting with the Nash equilibrium theory (the acronym of which is, ironically, NET).   Nash’s equilibrium theory basically states that the best result will come when everyone in the group is doing what is best for both themselves and the group — a form of reciprocity. The optimal outcome of a situation […]

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The Most Important Thing Women Should Do for Their Careers — But Aren’t

Women tend to undersell their value and strengths. Time to make that stop! April 11, 2019 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Of all the lessons I learned early in my career, the ability to network strategically stands out as one of the most important — and one I continue to find value in and practice to this day. In fact, I attribute much of my success as a businessperson and leader within my profession to networking. Related: Top 5 Reasons Women Love Female-Only Networking Groups The importance of networking was ingrained in me during my first job at Credit Lyonnais. My boss essentially took me under his wing and had me sit in his office while he fielded phone calls from all over the world. After each a call, he’d ask me why I thought he wanted to talk to that person and what I […]

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Why the People in Your Social Circle Often Define Your Net Worth

If you aspire to be smarter and wealthier, consider surrounding yourself with smarter and wealthier people. January 31, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you want to get to a higher level, talk to people at a higher level, says Entrepreneur Network partner Peter Voogd.  At one point in his career, Voogd made the realization that everyone he was interacting with was at the same professional level as him. Eventually, Voogd came to conclusion he should adjust his circle of influence. As Voogd puts it, if you surround yourself with five confident people, it is most likely you will become the sixth. To put it another way, if you surround yourself with five intelligent people, then it is in your favor to perhaps become moe intelligent, as well. Voogd notes that one of the most life-changing habits you can make is forming relationships with and connecting with people. In a nutshell, your circle of […]

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What to Do When Your Client Is Just Not Referable

If you find yourself in this situation, make sure you are able to take feedback and adjust. January 24, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A friend of mine in BNI recently told me a story about her early days in the organization. Her name is Meaghan and when she joined the group, she had just come out of the construction management industry. Although she was now working as a business coach, she was still dressing to fit in at a construction site. Her entire wardrobe, according to her, was casual shirts and khaki pants which was well-dressed within the context of a construction site. One day, two of her fellow members conducted a little “intervention.” They sat down with her and said, “we want to help you because — right now, as a business coach — you’re just not referable! You don’t present a professional image.” They went on to say […]

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Investing in Your Future Is All About Who You Know

December 16, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes You know how people always say, “There’s power in your peer group”? That’s only half the story. Sometimes you have to buy your way into growth. There are plenty of successful people who want to help you. You just have to create an environment where they can. Sometimes, you have to pay for the knowledge and connections of the leaders in your field. It’s the same way you set yourself up for success with fitness, with education and with goal-setting: You invest in learning. For this Five Minute Friday, the incredible Brendon Burchard shares why investing in a mastermind is the way to get to the next level. Burchard is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, Life’s Golden Ticket and The Millionaire Messenger. He was on the cover of Success magazine in October 2017 […]

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Why Your Network Is Your Net Worth

Jessica Abo sits down with Halstead Manhattan salesperson Mark D. Friedman to discuss the art of networking. December 7, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Mark D. Friedman has dedicated his life to cultivating and nurturing relationships. For more than 32 years, Friedman has been part of the New York City community, having lived all over Manhattan,  Brooklyn, the Upper East Side, Queens and Greenwich Village. Currently, Friedman resides on the Upper West Side with his wife. Friedman’s resume includes acting as well as sales and marketing positions in the health and fitness industry. Friedman is passionate about supporting a long list of philanthropic causes such as The American Cancer Society and is co-chair of Taste of Hope and a puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, having raised three service dogs, as well as a member of the networking group BNI, Chapter 12. […]

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25 Tips to Network With Top CEOs

Successful CEOs know their success depends in part on meeting new people who bring value. November 23, 2018 15+ min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You network with other business leaders to exchange ideas and get advice, like mistakes to avoid or how to manage your time more effectively. Networking is how you meet professionals, clients and investors who can help your business grow. Networking is crucial for your business to thrive. You can take your business to the next level by connecting with top CEOs. Seems impossible? Not with these 25 tips. 1. Make sure you’re connecting with the right CEOs. The main goal is to find those CEOs who inspire and motivate you, believe in what you believe in, share similar values and know your industry. It helps if your personalities click. To meet the CEO in-person start following industry influencers on social media, ask for recommendations from […]

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Booted out of His Own Business & the One Thing Jordan Harbinger Did to Survive

Jordan Harbinger: It would be kind of like if it was illegal tomorrow to be doing anything Smart Passive Income related, and you weren’t allowed to touch any of your existing platforms, and you weren’t allowed to teach any of your existing courses. You’d just kind of be like, “Okay. I’m Pat Flynn, family man, got a great family, great kids, but what do I do? I’m not allowed to speak. I’m not allowed to write. I’m not allowed to teach. What do I do?” Pat Flynn: That’s insane. Jordan Harbinger: You’d have to kind of figure out what you were gonna do . . . Pat Flynn: That would be a truly nightmare situation if, for whatever reason, I wasn’t allowed to do what I’m doing right now for you. This is my business. This is my identity. This is who I am. This is exactly what happened to […]

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