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Most books and presentations on networking stick to its behavioural aspects. This approach is necessary but not sufficient. Successful networking is about the successful initiation and nurturing of relationships with other business people, which requires emotional intelligence and an understanding of how to apply it in order to sustain networking relationships.

When networking is not going well (or at all), many businesspeople’s response is ‘OK, I’m doing what you told me. How come it isn’t working?’ The answer is that people don’t so much need behavioural tips (though these are always useful and are included in this book), they need to understand why they are getting in their own way, and how to move aside.

On the whole, people don’t successfully change their behaviour without understanding why they should. Network Better provides the necessary insight into what’s going on as well as many practical, tried-and-tested suggestions and encouragements to enable you to do just that.



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Date de parution 31 octobre 2018
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EAN13 9781788600538
Langue English
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Network better
Jeremy Marchant
First published in Great Britain by Practical Inspiration Publishing, 2018
Jeremy Marchant, 2018
The moral rights of the author have been asserted
ISBN 978-1-78860-053-8
All rights reserved. This book, or any portion thereof, may not be reproduced without the express written permission of the author.
Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders and to obtain their permission for the use of copyright material. The publisher apologizes for any errors or omissions and would be grateful if notified of any corrections that should be incorporated in future reprints or editions of this book.
Givers Gain is a registered trade mark of Asentiv (formerly the Referral Institute) and of BNI, and used with kind permission.
I Fundamentals
1 Introduction
1 In the beginning
2 Your objectives in networking
3 Does the world really need another book on business networking?
4 How to use this book
2 What is networking, really?
5 Networking-why bother?
6 Principles and precepts of networking
7 Going to a networking event isn t networking
8 Networks and networking
9 Leads and prospects
10 Referrers and advocates
11 What is networking , really?
3 Some misconceptions rubbished
12 Introduction
13 Networking events are opportunities to sell to the room
14 Networking events are places to find clients
15 Something will happen without me doing anything
16 Networking is something I can do when I haven t anything better in the diary
17 Networking events are places to have private meetings
18 If I don t reply anyone when asked who my potential clients are, I will lose work
19 I have to have a unique selling proposition
20 I need an elevator pitch
21 I have to worry about the competition
22 Word-of-mouth marketing works
4 It s just about people
23 Not getting the point
24 Introduction
25 Being attractive
26 Being authentic
27 Connectors and mavens
28 Givers gain: networking provides a forum for reciprocity
29 Stretch zone
30 Do something different
31 The behaviour cycle
32 Scarcity and abundance models
33 How the scarcity model affects businesses
34 Refusing to change
35 Attitude
5 It s just about relationships
36 Businesses are just the relationships between people
37 Why and how relationships with people generate leads (or not)
38 Relationships
39 Dependence/independence/interdependence
40 Power struggle/dead zone
41 Awareness/credibility/trustworthiness/partnership
II Raising your game
6 Be clear why you are there
42 Prepare well to be successful
43 Be clear what your purpose and outcomes are
44 Purpose and outcomes model
45 Any meeting, conversation, business, job, etc can have only one purpose
46 Be clear what you are going to talk about
47 Be clear about your intentions
48 Be clear about your expectations
49 Be clear about what you need
50 Be clear about your target markets
51 Be clear about who you want to talk to
52 Be clear, before you attend the event, about what you are going to do after it
7 You need a portfolio
53 Creating a portfolio
54 Using your portfolio
55 What are you going to say about your business?
56 What are you going to say about yourself?
57 How can you help other people?
8 You need stories
58 People remember stories
59 Mealtime
60 Why stories are essential
61 Cut your cloth to fit your coat
62 Refining your stories
63 Structure your stories well
64 Write your own stories
65 Use other people s stories
66 Particular stories for particular situations and people
67 The perfect short presentation
9 What you should be doing at the networking event
68 Don t forget the leadership precept: make it about the other person
69 Be entertaining
70 Be different
71 Find and cultivate the connectors, mavens and influencers
72 Don t, under any circumstances, sell anything to anyone
73 Ask for help
74 Talk to a range of people
10 Getting the most from a conversation
75 If you are tongue-tied
76 Keeping the conversation going
77 Good answers to give
78 Listening is more important than talking
79 Dealing with difficult people
80 Giving
III So, how come it s not working?
11 Follow the rules
81 Showing the way
82 Make the other person more important than you
83 Deal with the world as it is, not as you would like it to be
84 Be the change you want to see in the world
85 Seek to understand the other person
86 Let go of the need to be right
87 Feel the anxiety, and do it anyway
88 The meaning of a communication is what the recipient makes of it
89 We already have all the resources we need
90 There is no failure, only feedback
91 Curiosity is more useful than expectation
92 Be present
12 Improve your approach
93 Introduction
94 You think the process is behavioural-but it isn t
95 You re kidding yourself
96 Fixing your purpose and outcomes
97 Fixing your intentions
98 Fixing your expectations
99 Fixing your beliefs
100 Being more attractive
101 You are anxious about the meeting
102 Handling nerves on the day
103 Remember to create rapport
13 Improve your tactics
104 Fixing what you talk about
105 Fixing who you talk to
106 You are not really interested in the people
107 Getting your target market right
108 Getting what you do right
14 You are not doing it right
109 Introduction
110 However long you think it will take, it will take longer
111 There is a threshold of activity you have to reach in order to see results
112 You are not doing it properly
113 You need to keep in touch
114 You are not doing enough research
15 People don t seem to rate you
115 Introduction
116 Physical appearance
117 You are not letting go of the need to be right
118 You come across as needy
119 You are giving in order to get
120 You come across as inauthentic
121 You are not showing up
122 You come across as a dependent person
123 You feel pushed outside your comfort zone
124 You have fears
125 You are doing avoidance activity
126 You procrastinate
127 Good enough versus perfectionism
128 How much trust is there?
129 How committed are you?
130 Are you assertive?
131 How motivated are you?
IV What comes next?
16 One-to-one meetings
132 One-to-ones are the heart of building a network
133 How to invite someone to a one-to-one
134 Structure of a follow-up one-to-one meeting
135 Show and tell
136 The most important thing to ask
137 How to decide what happens next
17 Conclusion
138 Conclusion
139 In the end
Appendix 1 Principles of networking
Appendix 2 Precepts of networking
What does it all mean?: Glossary
Further reading
Index of stories
I Fundamentals
1 Introduction
1 In the beginning
Story: Maggie (1)
Maggie was one of two directors of a small business. The directors knew that business networking was an important part of their strategy for growing the business, but only Andy actually did any.
As a business, they needed more clients, and they needed their services to be more widely known in the local community. They both recognised that Maggie should network with other businesses.
It quickly became apparent that Maggie was highly resistant to the idea. She agreed she should do it. Deep down, she wanted to do it. But the idea of walking into a room full of people she didn t know filled her with little short of terror.
Maggie is the inspiration for this book. As Maggie and I talked about what her reservations were, and how realistic they were, she was identifying the problems that many people have when it comes to business networking.
We had quite a long chat, during which we uncovered that her real reservations were not those on the surface.
As I ll show later, when we want to change our behaviour in any part of our lives, we need to change the beliefs and feelings we have about that behaviour. If we don t change those beliefs and feelings, it s not really surprising that the old behaviour persists.
We create our feelings and beliefs about the world from our experiences of it. The best way of changing our beliefs and feelings, therefore, is to have new experiences. So, I suggested to Maggie that she go to a particular event in a week or so s time. I knew this event would be laid back to the point of being horizontal. It would be the least stressful business networking event one could possibly imagine.
Because she is an honourable woman, I knew that if she said she would go, she would. So I made sure I didn t leave her office until she had undertaken to grasp the nettle.
Later, I had a word with the organiser of the event. I asked him to do as much as he could to make Maggie s experience as stress-free as possible. He promised to look out for her and to introduce her to some people.
I also discovered that a business colleague intended to go to the event and asked her to look after Maggie too. I knew my colleague would make

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