Do You Have a Business Card?

Kevin Willett says the condition of your business cards matters.

I found myself in an interesting position this weekend. I was at the grocery store and I ran into a friend who told me he was trying to get his friend to join my networking group. He asked me for a business card so he could have his friend contact me. Sadly, I had three cards in my jacket pocket and all of them were badly damaged. One actually had a piece of hard candy stuck to it! Luckily I had cards in the car so I was able to solve the problem.  Unfortunately, I see people pass out damaged cards all the time. Please think about the messages you may be sending. When I get a damaged card I think this person doesn’t pay attention to details and they are pretty frugal if they think it’s ok to pass out a business card that had a piece of hard candy stuck to it. Is that really the image that you want to provide?

Simple solution is to purchase a few business cards holders so that your cards always look good. Now please take a moment to look at the business cards in your wallet, pocket, purse or wherever and throw them away if they don’t look good.

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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.

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Are You Giving Up Too Easily?

Kevin Willett not to assume you know the answers when you haven’t asked the questions

Sadly for me the answer to this question is often yes. I was reminded of this fact yesterday. I was going through some contacts, to invite them to events, and I came across two people. The first one I had invited to events about six months ago and the second one was a former client. When I saw their names I said to myself, I really don’t think they are interested. I was tempted to skip over them but I caught myself and said ‘stop making decisions for people, reach out to them and ask’. Of course the first person said they wanted to come to events and the second person said they wanted to renew their membership. Now if I didn’t take the time to reach out I would have missed out on the opportunity. So next time you are tempted to make decisions for people and not ask them to do business with you, please catch yourself and ask them! You never know what can happen.

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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.

Introducing The Shapr App

Kevin Willett uses the Shapr App (http://m.onelink.me/bd2524d9) to help expand his Network

Today I want to introduce you to the Shapr App. The best way to describe it is to say it is a dating app for business. Each day the app will show you between 15 and 20 profiles. You then decide if you want to meet the person or pass on the opportunity. If both parties want to meet, you will get a message saying that you both want to meet. If only one of you says you want to meet then nothing happens. This app has allowed me to expand my network across the country providing me with new clients and partnership opportunities. I highly recommend this free app to all of my friends.

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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.

Learning To Say No

Kevin Willett says it is best to take emotion out of decisions

One of the things I struggle with is saying no to people or opportunities. I feel like I am letting them down when I tell them I cannot help them. Some days you may just be maxed out on time and cannot help. Other times the opportunity may not be ideal for you. I have learned to deal with this situation by asking myself one simple question. Will saying yes to this opportunity help me reach my business goals? If the answer is yes, I find time to do it and if the answer is no, then I decline the opportunity. I find this helps me take the emotion out of the decision.

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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.

Did You Really Want to Meet Me?

Kevin Willett says that when you have an opportunity, you should take it.

I have been using a networking app that is very similar to a dating app to grow my network.  Every day the app shows me 20 people that I can network with. If we both say we want to meet, then the app sends us a message telling us that we are a match. I will then reach out to the person saying I would love to chat with them by phone to learn how I can help them. Sadly, many people never respond and simply let the opportunity to connect pass by, which defeats the purpose of using the app.

I also see this happen at networking events. You meet a great potential client or referral partner and you both agree to meet but then you wait for the other person to reach out. Or when they do reach out, you don’t take the time to respond, which of course ends the potential business opportunity.  Please make sure that you follow through because failure to do so will hurt your brand.

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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.

Learning to Accept Criticism

Kevin Willett says to try and take the negatives and turn them into something you can use positively.

One of my biggest weaknesses is that I cannot accept criticism. I take it way too personally. A while ago I spoke to a group of twenty people about business networking, 19 of them loved it, and one disliked it. Of course I focused on the one person who didn’t like it. I know doing that is silly, but I simply cannot help myself. I think it is important to consider the criticism that you hear and ask yourself if you can learn from it. In some cases you can. But most of the time the person is just having a bad day and taking it out on you, so simply let it go and move on.

Also, I want you to be careful in how you give criticism. Sometimes it is super easy to be critical of others, but please select your words carefully and ask yourself ‘how would I feel if someone said this to me?’ Please understand that we are all at different levels in our career, so what might be common sense to you, may not be to others. I see this happen at networking events. Often someone may try to sell you their services right away without getting to know you. Rather than criticizing them, try to teach them how to build relationships before they try to sell their services. Most people will be grateful.

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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.

Be Aware of Cool Kid Syndrome

Kevin Willett says it’s not cool to be disrespectful

Have you ever been at a networking event and the person you are talking to is scanning the room to see who else is there? Have you ever had someone interrupt you in the middle of your conversation to go speak to someone else? I call this Cool Kid Syndrome. Sometimes people will only speak to you until someone cooler comes along. Please don’t do this! It is very disrespectful and it will hurt your brand.  Nobody likes to fee disrespected or uncool.

I sometimes have trouble paying attention to people so I try to position myself so that I am facing the person with a wall behind them so I am not tempted to get distracted. It may seem silly, but it allows me to focus on the person I am speaking to. You should try this approach if you find yourself getting distracted when speaking to people.

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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.

Do They Need My Services?

Kevin Willett reminds you not to take a narrow view on networking.

Last week I invited a person to attend my networking events because there were a few people attending that particular event, that work in his industry, who I thought would be good contacts for him. He responded by asking me if they needed his services? I said I am not sure and there is no way to know until you meet them. I reminded him that just because they are in your industry doesn’t mean they will absolutely choose to do business with you. You need to build a relationship with them.

Sadly, I see people make this mistake all the time. Networking is about building relationships with people. Not everybody in your industry will do business with you. They may already have an existing relationship or they simply might not connect with you. Even so, it is good to meet them as you never know what the future may bring.

More importantly, I feel that the person is taking to narrow of a view about networking. Many people focus on the people attending, and only attend the event if they feel those people are good potential clients. Please remember that you want to focus on building relationships so that the person will feel comfortable enough to introduce you to their friends and clients, because that is what will help you grow 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.

Yes, But

Kevin Willett says to find the courage to do something and then be proud of it

I recently had a friend send me an invite to like her business page on Facebook. When I did, I sent her a message congratulating her on her new business. She replied ‘yes I do have my own business, but it’s just a corner in another store’. I quickly called her and said please do not say ‘yes but’, you should be proud of yourself for actually starting a business. I see this happen all the time, I have friends who start businesses and when I ask them about it they say things like “yes, but it’s small and I only have one client” or “yes, but I am only doing it part time”. My friends, being small or doing it part-time is ok because you actually started a business. Do you know how many people are reading this who would love to start a business but won’t? I guarantee it is a lot of people.

Now, I understand that many of us have responsibilities and families that we have to support, so we need a steady job with benefits. For people wanting to start their own business but think they can’t, when I suggest that they start it as a side hustle by getting up earlier or staying up later they laugh and say they need their sleep. I always smile and say well maybe you don’t really want to own your own business then. If you want to start a business you have to ask yourself what you are willing to give up to find the time to start it. Are you willing to sleep less, watch less TV, or spend less time with your friends? If the answer is no then entrepreneurship is not for you. I hope this tip gives you the courage to start today.

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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.

Because it is the Right Thing to Do

Kevin Willett by doing the right thing you tend to get the same things back.

Last week I had a friend ask for a referral. When she called the person I suggested, their phone wasn’t working. When she told me, I sent them a message so that they could get the problem fixed. My friend sent me a nice message thanking me for going out of my way to refer him and tell him about his phone. I have to admit I chuckled when I saw his message, because to me it was no big deal and the right thing to do. Sadly not everyone would have taken the time to reach out to him. When you are faced with situations like this, always try to do the right thing. You would expect the same from your friends and clients. This one simple tip will help you build your reputation and business. This is just a small thing, but if you give value to people, help them and they will often want to help you.

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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.