Networking Obstacles

Networking Obstacles

Chi Chi Okezie – May 2017

Networking is definitely a key component to career, business or academic success. Being able to overcome common obstacles takes focus, skill and dedication. Savvy networkers can be efficient and effective in their endeavors when they are able to make good decisions.

Listed below are helpful tips for maneuvering through common networking challenges.

 

Pick and Choose

There are instances when you have two or more events scheduled for the same time. It is impossible to attend them all, thus you have to choose an event. It can be difficult especially if there are opportunities which can arise from one or more events. How do you select the right event to attend? A good suggestion, is to contact the organizer of the event and ask if the event is re-occurring. If the event will take place in the following months then plan to attend at a later time. Another idea is to ask the organizer or host who will be attending. If the guest list matches up with your potential customers, clients or partners then opt to attend that event. Also, check the agenda or program, if possible. Will there be a notable speaker? Will there be a good presentation? By answering these questions, it can give you insight as to how to make the proper decision.

 

Time Management

Another great way to scale your networking is to attend functions which are relevant to your goals. Do not attend an event just because you do not have a prior commitment or can afford to make an appearance. Go to a function because you believe it has quality and adds value to your networking advancement. You can also pick events that can benefit others in your networks and expose them to similar opportunities. Definitely take the time to evaluate your processes and make proper use of your time.

Use these tips and suggestions to effectively make connections and grow your networks. Find the value and importance of attending the right events and being success in your endeavors.

INSPIRE – A Power Word for Every Day

INSPIRE – A Power Word for Every Day

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Inspire

In 2011 this word came crashing into my life as being central to everything I am about. I had the privilege of meeting Thomas Power from the UK, in person, in Sydney. Thomas spent an hour with me taking me through a guided session that resulted in bringing everything that drives me down to two words.

Those 2 words were: Inspiring Solutions.

Thomas’ instructions to me were to treat those two words as key to everything I do and I started from that moment on to build my personal brand around ‘Inspiring Solutions’.  A few months later I set up my first LinkedIn profile and used my new ‘core words’ to create the following statement:

 

“Passionate, energetic and dynamic, I am all about inspiring solutions through international business development and helping others network and connect effectively.”

 

From 2011 and even more so today, ‘Inspiring Solutions’ is my benchmark for everything I share on-line, everything I tweet about, like, re-share, post, comment on and for offline face to face networking conversations, discussions, topics I will talk about and even people I choose to associate with. If it is aligned with inspiring solutions, I am there. If it is not then I politely choose to exit or change the subject and I like to think I honestly manage this most of the time.

 

The simple word ‘inspire’ and all its variations, inspiring, inspiration, inspirational, have taught be more about life, about attitudes towards business and pleasure, about people, about positive change that focus on 2 key words brings, than I ever would have thought possible.

My favourite definition of the verb to inspire is

To fill with an animating, quickening or exalting influence; to fill with enlivening or exalting emotion

 

I have discovered the power of choosing to become inspiring and have been on a mission for the last couple of years to inspire others to choose the same. This personal purpose statement that I created at a workshop led by Jan Haldane is a powerful reminder: ‘My purpose is to express my passion, energy and drive to inspire, connect and build engaging networks with people and businesses.

 

I could write all day about this amazing little word inspire but I will choose to finish off with some of a key note that I wrote and delivered as part of a Corporate Series led by Cam Calkoen in 2014:

“Inspiring people are attractive. They ooze something which the rest of us want – they feed us, challenge us, and energise us. We want to follow them, know them, and be associated with them.

In choosing to become inspiring, you will choose to become one of those people who others gravitate towards. They will share your posts, like your blogs and updates, will connect with you, follow you, meet face to face with you, attend events you are at, introduce you to others and look to build some kind of relationship with you.

So inspire those around you and find others who inspire YOU. Build your network around these 2 points and you will have loyal connections who will bring others who they think would be inspired by or resonate with you AND you will be doing the same for those connections who inspire you.

It’s all about GIVE and TAKE. Giving comes first.”

 

Jayne Albiston
Director
Business over Breakfast (BoB) Clubs Australia & New Zealand

FOCUS – A Power Word for Every Day

FOCUS – A Power Word for Every Day

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In April 2008, I bought a book at the airport as I was boarding a long haul flight. It was entitled, ‘The Power of Focus’ by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Les Hewitt. I read it cover to cover on the plane, not realizing how much it was literally going to change my outlook on both my business and personal life.
I learned that,“It’s all about focus. The main reason most people struggle professionally and personally is simply lack of focus.

I learned that, ‘my habits will determine my future’ and that ‘it takes focused action, personal discipline and lots of energy every day to make things happen’.

The word ‘Focus’ became my mantra for 2008 and it guided me through what turned out to be an extremely challenging but rewarding year.  Another best selling author Brian Tracy claims that, ‘Your ability to focus is the most important success skill you can ever develop.’
Over the last 8 years, I have continued my journey both personal and business, learning the power of focus, seeing both successes and failures but all the while learning more and more the fact that much more is achieved when we focus instead of spreading ourselves too thinly or trying to target everyone, ending up targeting no one.

Focus is potent, undiluted and it attracts.

JF Kennedy said, “Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

It is timely that now for 2016, ‘focus’, meaning having a central point of attention, is one of our key words to drive our business growth across our Business over Breakfast (BoB) Club network in Australia and New Zealand.

Focus clarifies, cuts out the distractions and provides a constant reminder of what you set out to do, who you set out to be and where you set out to go and it is focus that keeps you on the track to get there.
Focus narrows it all down, brings a simplicity and a strength. It un-complicates you and your brand. When you have focus, others can see that and are attracted to the power that brings.

Focus is and will always remain in our list of key words to drive us forward both personally and professionally. If you have not embraced ‘focus’ and its power in your personal and business life, then I strongly encourage you to do so today. We welcome comments and questions.

 

Jayne Albiston
Director
Business over Breakfast (BoB) Clubs Australia & New Zealand

CREATE – A Power Word for Every Day

March 31 , 2016 – Jayne Albiston

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This year we have 24 key words that we are applying directly to our business. They have particular meaning because we have taken them from our personal collection of words that we use to inspire and drive our lives forward.

 

In no particular order, I am commenting on one of these words every couple of weeks and they appear in our company newsletter each month. These comments are my own and I would welcome any additional insight, inspiration or feedback that you may have on them, including any experiences that you may have had along your business journey so far.

 

The 4th word is: CREATE…

 

There is a reason this word made it to our collection of inspiring words. Create implies there is always an opportunity for something new. It also screams of being proactive rather than reactive.

 

Some people sadly live their lives in reaction – life happens TO them and their time is spent dealing with the consequences.

 

Many years ago I read an article which made so much of an impact on me at the time that I used to share it with every class of students I taught. It was all about choosing to be proactive rather than reactive and to choose to live your life like that.  In other words we have the power to create our lives and if we don’t like the life we have, then we should set about designing another one.

 

Since that time, and since The Secret alerted us all to The Law of Attraction, there have been many people encouraging us all to create Dream Boards, to write up our dreams and turn them into goals – reiterating that thoughts, become words which then become actions. Your habits become your life.

 

The word create for me is potently positive – it is the end of excuses, the motivation to get moving, the wiping clean of whatever slate you have in front of you and the notion that endless possibility does exist if you but take the time to design it, to create and as the dictionary says, ‘To bring something new into existence.’.

 

Jayne Albiston
Director
Business over Breakfast (BoB) Clubs Australia & New Zealand

REALISE – A Power Word for Every Day

March 10 , 2016 – Jayne Albiston

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This year we have 24 key words that we are applying directly to our business. They have particular meaning because we have taken them from our personal collection of words that we use to inspire and drive our lives forward.
In no particular order, I am commenting on one of these words every couple of weeks and they appear in our company newsletter each month. These comments are my own and I would welcome any additional insight, inspiration or feedback that you may have on them, including any experiences that you may have had along your business journey so far.

 

The 3rd word is: Realise…

When you realise something it becomes clear to you.

Entire courses, books and workshops are written on the meaning of the word realise. People invest hundreds of dollars to seek, to understand and to make change in their lives around the meaning of this word and yet in my opinion, the use of it is often overlooked.

 

Realise is unbelievable powerful and should have its rightful place in every set of top ten words to guide both our business and personal lives.
One of my favourite definitions goes like this: when you realise something it becomes clear to you. These days everyone seems to be looking for clarity in some area of their lives.

 

One expanded definition says that all the meanings of realise amount to making something “real” in some way. If you realise a plan, you make it happen. If you realise a fact, you see its truth. If you realise the seriousness of a situation, you become aware of its dangers.

 

Whether it is gaining clarity on either the positive OR the negative in our business and in our lives, either way, we are not living life to the full or fulfilling our business or personal life potential if we do not begin to realise what is in our current reality and then take steps to realise something different, something more. In other words make it happen.
This week, I am taking the ‘realise’ challenge to look at my personal and business priorities, to gain clarity on them and to take action to make them real in some way.

 

This will most likely include:

  • Seeing a truth
  • Becoming aware of some dangers
  • Making something happen.

There are many tools that we can use to help us record and to be reminded of what we have ‘realised’ so far in our lives and what we yet strive or dream to ‘realise’.

 

One of these tools is a Gratitude Journal which simply involves writing down things we are grateful for, including that which we want to ‘realise’ in the the future. This is proving to be a powerful tool for me personally and I encourage you to try it. You might be surprised at what you are able to realise’ in your business and personal lives.

 

Jayne Albiston
Director
Business over Breakfast (BoB) Clubs Australia & New Zealand