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Networking for Extroverts:  A Guide

Networking for Extroverts: A Guide

If you’ve ever talked to me or read my blog, you know how much I love networking. I love networking with your colleagues, prospective clients, and even people who may not be in your industry but can hold you accountable and encourage you when you need it. Networking is, inherently, a social sport. You’re talking to people you don’t know, showcasing who you are, and making connections.

Because of this, there are countless articles out there breaking down how to network as an introvert. But what about if you’re an extrovert? Networking should come easily to you, right? Not always. As an extrovert, you face a different set of networking challenges. You may feel comfortable connecting with people one on one or at a networking event. But to truly get the most out of every networking experience, you should keep the following in mind: although you are excited about networking, there are ways you need to keep yourself in check to be successful. Read more... 

Video: Centers of Influence

Video: Centers of Influence

Centers of Influence are found inside and outside of your niche. It's time to think beyond CPAs and Estate Planning Attorneys and truly create relationships that will help you grow your business. Watch the video...

5 Tips to Avoid a Networking Event Disaster

5 Tips to Avoid a Networking Event Disaster

Sometimes, as a business coach, it is my duty to share my really, truly cruddy experiences with you to ensure that you don’t have those same cruddy experiences. It is my cross to bear. Today’s blog, for example, is brought to you by a cruddy networking experience I recently endured. Networking can be tricky, and events specifically designed to facilitate networking can be even trickier. Often, we go to these events, have a wonderful experience, make some awesome new connections, and head home a happy camper.

Unfortunately, sometimes that’s not the case. I recently attended a networking event that, little did I know, would rely heavily on religion. Literally, they had a six-foot-tall “ten commandments” cutout at the entrance and the first speaker claimed to have already died and been brought back to life by Jesus himself to come to this conference and tell her tale. Now, I’m a religious person. I don’t think it’s necessarily bad to get involved in religious events and meet cool people who happen to share your professional interests. In fact, I think that’s awesome! But this was over the top. The slew of speakers that followed all had lots of passion, and a lot of bogus advice on how to connect with others and reach my potential.  Read more...

10 Reasons to Network With Fellow Advisors

10 Reasons to Network With Fellow Advisors

When people hear “networking” they often hear “with prospective clients.” This isn’t a bad thing – you should be networking your butt off with people who you want to work with. That’s how you grow your practice and create a business you love. But networking doesn’t always have to be a client-gaining opportunity. Sometimes getting out there and interacting with your fellow advisors is the wisest use of your time. In fact, I’m a big believer in the idea that networking with colleagues is the best business investment you can make. Read more...

Video: Conference Lessons Learned

Video: Conference Lessons Learned

Confession time...again. I attended two conferences and a full-day meeting last week. It was not my wisest choice. And to compound my error, I entered the week with mediocre preparation.  The theme of this video is clearly “do as I say, not as I did” but I have two more conferences to go to this year and I'm hoping that I'll listen to myself and maybe watch this video and learn. Watch the video...