It’s OK to Have Fun

Kevin Willett says everybody should have a little fun at work

I always talk about the importance of being careful about what you post on social media. Try and stay away from politics, angry rants etc. But sometimes, it’s OK to have a little fun in your posts. The other day I posted a picture of a near empty tin of cookies asking if anyone wanted to refill the tin for me. This post got mixed reactions from people who know, and don’t know about my love of cookies, from ‘dude are you seriously asking people to make you cookies?’ to ‘that post is hilarious!’ The best and most surprising responses were from people I haven’t heard from in a while. Connections responding with a chuckle saying ‘I haven’t talked to you lately, and I happen to be making cookies for the holiday, let’s meet up!’  This was a joking silly post, but it gave me a chance to re-connect with people.  Sometimes when we let a little humor into our professional persona, people can relate to us better. Again, we don’t want to post anything that may harm our brand but being relatable can only help. So, have a little fun occasionally, you may be surprised with the results.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events

Why Not Now

Kevin Willett says time is something we should not waste

It seems like the last month or two of the year people are making plans for themselves and their business and then waiting for the New Year to execute those plans. I know, everyone loves to make their New Years Resolutions, and we all look forward to the “clean slate” and “fresh start”. My question is why? Why wait? Why not start now? Doesn’t tomorrow offer a clean slate and a fresh start? By putting your goals on hold until the page in a calendar is turned, be that New Years, Spring or whatever, you could be missing out on opportunity. You could be closer to your goal if you start right now. So, why not now? What are you waiting for?

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events

Who Should I Connect With?

Kevin Willett says to make connections with not only the present but the future in mind.

The short answer to this question is everyone. Let me tell you about my experiences. I was working as CFO of a bank many years ago and as social media grew, my connections increased. The problem, I was only connecting with people in the banking industry. Fast Forward to me starting my own business, The Friends of Kevin Networking Group. My connections now changed, and I was focusing on connecting with small business, non-profits etc, skipping people who did not fit the business to consumer requests I was getting. Soon I was getting a lot of inquiries into why I did not service the B2B market. Hmmm, OK, now New England B2B Networking Group was born and the people I did not think I should connect with were all now potential new clients. I wish I had made all those connections through all those years. I let my focus on one sector hold me back. The bottom line is you never know where your business will take you. Be ready, be open to all connections and be prepared to grow.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events

Catch Me If You Can

Kevin Willett says the more you make people chase you, the less business you get done

Do you remember this game as a child? Well, I am trying to stop playing now that I am an adult. I have people who reach out to me because they are interested in getting involved in my networking group. They will say can you call me on Tuesday at 2pm. Of course, when you call, they are not available. They will then ask you to call them on Friday at 10am and again they don’t answer.

When this happens, I send them my number and ask them to reach out to me when they have time. I have learned that when I must chase people, I am usually sad when I catch them because they end up being lousy clients. My membership model works best for people who have time to come to events and take advantage of the perks of memberships. If you are lackadaisical about returning getting back to people, you probably won’t show up for events you’ve signed up for or take an interest in the other benefits of the group.

The other thing I learned is when I must chase people to be a client, they often struggle with focus and time management and they will message me asking me to drop everything and help them because they need me to promote them today. Now their failures are put on my shoulders even though I was not the procrastinator.

If you are chasing clients, maybe you should re-evaluate if this is worth your effort. If you are the person constantly saying you are interested, but then forever unavailable, how can anyone do business with you when you show a MEH attitude? Maybe certain matches are just not meant to be made.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events

1st Rule of Networking

Kevin Willett says this rule is the most important

The first rule of Networking is to always return phone calls and emails. Plain and simple. I have said it before, we are all busy, but should never be too busy for business. I had a friend recently who needed a service urgently. They called their contact and never got a call back. The contact claimed they meant to call, and it fell through the cracks. Now that person is out a source of revenue & a referral source, thus hurting their business.

How long does it take to reply to a text? To an Email? 30 seconds maybe? Even if you are super busy, you have thirty seconds to respond to someone and tell them that. If you cannot help someone out yourself, maybe go the extra mile and suggest someone else they can call. The client will respect you for that and it boosts your reputation and brand because you are putting your client ahead of yourself. If you are afraid you will lose business by referring them to someone else, you’d be surprised. Clients value your honesty and will still make you their first choice because of that. Not calling them back will cost you a lot more.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events

Managing Disappointments

Kevin Willett says your point of view can make a big difference in the outcome of your day

We held a food drive this past Saturday the local food pantry and it did not go as well as I hoped. I found myself feeling disappointed until I thought about how I always tell people that every canned good or box of dry food does make a difference. This thought in turn made me think about how appreciative I was for the people that stopped by to say hello and drop off donations. I met some new people and we raised awareness of the pantry. Overall, I guess it was a great day.

Why is it so easy to see things as disappointments? Many of my friends tend to focus on their missed opportunities rather than their successes.  Now there is nothing wrong with being competitive, I consider it a requirement to be a successful entrepreneur. However, you also must take the time to enjoy your victories and congratulate yourself. Try seeing the small things as wins, instead of not being good enough. In the end, you’ll find you had a good day too.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events

Let’s Talk About Your Profile Picture

Kevin Willett says a picture is worth a thousand words and one of the most important of those words is likability

Last week I was viewing some social media profiles and I came across perhaps the angriest looking profile picture I have ever seen. Now this person would be perfect for my networking events, but I was hesitant to reach out to him because of his picture.

Now you might think that is silly, but as we all know, we tend to do business with people we know, like and trust. What does your profile picture say about you? Do you look likable? I know some people like to use a serious picture so that they come across as a professional, and I can respect that, but there is a fine line between serious and angry. Please be sure that you don’t cross that line because it may be costing you business. Your profile picture is sometimes the first thing that people see. Make sure your picture is updated, complimentary and comes across as you being a likable person.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events

The Proper Way to Say No

Kevin Willett says there is a right way and a wrong way to turn somebody down.

The simple answer to the question is to say no nicely.

Let me give you two examples. I reached out to a person to ask them if they were interested in attending business networking events and they responded NOPE!!!!!!!! Really, is that necessary? Did they really need to use that many exclamation points and all caps?

This morning I had a person respond by saying thank you for reaching out to me, but it’s not a match for my business at this time.

The answer is no in both scenarios, but the second person was polite and left the door open for us to do business in the future.

You want to be careful about being mean, negative or sarcastic when you respond to emails. You never know when you may need or want that person’s help in the future. I won’t ever invite or consider working with that first person again. It amazes me how people are connected and the impact a mean message can have on your business.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events

Go Eat Cake

Kevin Willett says balance is the best way to be successful

Last night was my nephew’s 5th birthday, so I went over his house and had a few slices of cake with him. Now It would have been easy to skip the party because it was a weeknight, I had a bad day, and I still had plenty of work to do.

But he is my favorite nephew and I wouldn’t want to let him down. I loved watching his eyes bug out of his head when he unwrapped his gifts. Nothing I could have done last night would have been more important as that to me. I find that when I spend time with him it recharges my battery and makes me a better entrepreneur.

The challenge is we listen to the “gurus” and they tell you about how they grew their business by working twenty-four hours a day and how they skipped family events. Now they are so successful, and you should do what they did. But if we don’t follow their lead why can’t we still be successful?

I think you must spend some time thinking about finding balance in your life. If you become financially successful, but you don’t have any family and friends to celebrate with, will it be worth it? Only you can decide the answer to that question my friend.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events

The Hardest Part of Being an Entrepreneur

Kevin Willett says that setting small daily goals helps to stay on track

The hardest part of being an entrepreneur is the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. You need to remember that with freedom comes responsibility. You need to be disciplined to be successful.

Let me recap a few conversations I had recently. I met with a new entrepreneur and he told me that he is struggling because he isn’t disciplined enough to get up every day and work on his business. He told me he often wastes time on social media and watching Netflix. So, we spoke about developing a list of three goals he wants to accomplish each day. This has helped him build a routine into his life. I find that routines really help me stay focused.

I met with another person who told me that two months ago he had his best business month ever and then last month he had his worse month ever. I asked him what changed why did that happen? He smiled and said the answer was simple, he got lazy and did not stick to his business plan.

Sticking to a plan can be a challenge. Today is one of the days that I go to the gym. This morning I really wanted to skip it because I did not feel like going, but I do my best to not miss my gym days simply because working out helps me focus and makes me a better entrepreneur.

Most of us know what we need to do every day to be successful. The key is developing routines to stay on track. I try to do the same things at the same time each day. Am I always successful? No, of course not, some days I stop and take a nap or watch some tv, but I know that I will need to work harder later to make up for it.

If you are struggling in this area, consider getting an accountability partner to help you stay on track. Scheduling daily calls should help you reach your goals.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events