Not only was I delighted to be the "Coffee with..." feature in the latest edition of Business Success Magazine, I am also on the cover! When someone asks you how did you get where you are today, it really makes you realise that all the achievements and skills, the highs, the lows and everything you have … Continue reading Delighted to be the “Coffee with…” Feature in Business Success Magazine
Here is my review of the third episode in the current series of Dragons' Den for Enterprise Nation, which highlights some key business lessons. 1. Be a great negotiator, but know when to stop Negotiation skills are vital in business. However, when pitching for work, you need to be clear about how far you are … Continue reading Knowing how to negotiate and when to stop! My Dragons’ Den Review of Episode 3 for Enterprise Nation
What do you do when someone blatantly copies what you are doing? Your initial reaction may be to go in all guns blazing but what are you going to achieve? Copying your work or plagiarising your content is actually actionable and you are perfectly within your rights to challenge this behaviour, especially if it is … Continue reading Copying, Competition or a Compliment?
There are various reasons that a person or business remains loyal to a particular brand, however traditional loyalty is often forgotten, over price. Many independent retailers have gone out of business when a large retail chain supplies goods at discounted prices, without comprising on quality. Consumers are prepared to settle for a little less convenience … Continue reading Customer Loyalty: How do you retain your customers?
When I started out in business I was fortunate enough to have a business mentor. However, this was only for the first 3 months of trading as I believed that I had all the tools I needed to run a business. After all, how difficult could it be? I didn’t understand that mentoring should continue … Continue reading What is a business mentor?
Face to face networking is still one of the best forms of engagement to generate, nurture and retain relationships. In my earlier posts Networking Tips for Success and More Networking Tips for Success I shared the benefits of networking and some general tips for success. Here are a few more tips to get the most … Continue reading A Few More Networking Tips for Success…
Standing up for the first time in front of other business owners or an audience can be a daunting prospect.
I recently published a post about Networking Tips for Success where I shared my key 3 benefits of networking. Selecting the right networking events and ensuring that your networking is effective is key to the growth of your business. You need to attend events where you are going to meet, or be referred to, potential customers. It's … Continue reading More Networking Tips for Success
When I first started my business I embarked upon a networking campaign by attending as many events as I could! It was pretty much a scatter-gun approach with no strategic plan in place, a small budget and not really knowing what to expect.
LinkedIn is a powerful and successful tool for networking. I have gained new clients, made new contacts and used the platform as an introduction for face to face meetings. Of course there are many other things that make LinkedIn the success it is today. One thing that many people who have LinkedIn profiles fail to get … Continue reading What does your LinkedIn head shot say about you?