Did You Ask for Help Today?

Kevin Willett agrees with the song that says “we get by with a little help from our friends”

I find many business owners are often hesitant to ask for help and waste a lot of time and energy trying to figure out things that our friends could help us with. Or worse, we simply don’t do things to grow our business because we don’t know how and we are too embarrassed to ask. One thing I have learned is, if you want to grow your business, as some point in time, you will need to ask for help. You must accept that you are not an expert in all areas of business. There is nothing wrong with seeking consultants or turning to successful business people and asking them for help. Some of my best ideas have come from my friends. Also, my friends have helped me not make mistakes when I think I have a great idea and I really don’t.

I often struggle with asking my clients for introductions to their friends. If someone is happy with your services there is nothing wrong with asking them to tell their friends about you. I always ask my clients to introduce me to their friends by email if they are interested in networking so that I can follow up with them. I have found this method to work best for me. Personally, I am not a fan of asking my clients to give me three people to contact who may want to come to events. I have been on the receiving end of these calls, and they are often very awkward when I have to tell the person I have no interest in their services.

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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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How to Improve the Results of Your Networking Activities

Kevin Willett says that doing your homework before and event, can really make you stand out.

It amazes me how few people take the time to research event attendees before going to a networking event.  This one simple tip can greatly improve your results.

A few weeks ago I went to a networking event at a school and each one of the employees had taken the time to research me. They asked me about my networking groups, my book, my radio and TV show. It was very impressive and made me feel special.

I have a friend who calls me before every networking event he attends and we discuss each attendee and the possibility of them doing business together. When he arrives at the event, I introduce him to the people that we decided on who may be a good fit for him. He takes the time to review their social media accounts and website before he attends so that he can comment on their business and experience. Because so few people do this, you will really stand out at the event.

Wouldn’t you prefer someone walk up to you at an event and address you by your name and comment on your business and achievements? I think we all would, so take the time to be that 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 Importance of Time Management Skills

Kevin Willett thinks everyone can benefit from time management

This semester I am teaching a class at the University and one of the topics is The Importance of Time Management Skills. A great topic, because students often struggle with managing their time. When I was preparing for the class, I realized that my friends who struggle with their business often have poor time management skills. Here are a few suggestions to help you manage your time.

  1. Are you a morning or a night person – I am a morning person. I do my best creative work early in the morning so I plan my day accordingly. I have some friends who are creative at midnight. It doesn’t matter when you are creative just schedule your creative tasks for that time.
  2. Remove distractions – I have checked my phone three times while I wrote this tip. Please close your social media accounts and put your phone out of your reach when you are working, it will greatly improve your productivity.
  3. Schedule your tasks on a calendar – I like to schedule all of my tasks on a calendar, allocating time for each one. Sometimes I will work too long on one particular task and it will throw off my whole day. By scheduling a set time for each task, it makes me more aware of how I am spending my time.
  4. Most important thing first – I try to ask myself two questions. What is the best use of my time right now and how do I make money. By asking myself these questions I am able to stay focused on what is important.
  5. Be flexible – sometimes you may have to change your whole calendar because something came up. That is ok just please don’t let it happen every day.

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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.

What Does Thumbs Up Mean?

Kevin Willett says that business and emoji’s do not mix.

Last week I sent a message to a person on social media asking them if they were interested in attending networking events. He responded with a thumbs up emoji, which of course I thought meant that he was interested. When I later sent him further information, he responded by saying he was not interested. I encourage you to not respond to a message with a thumbs up or a ‘K’ or any other emoji’s. If you are busy, please wait until you have time to respond properly to make sure you are communicating the right message. Follow the same advice I give to my 3 year old nephew and use your words.

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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 You Should Be Cautious About Commenting on People’s Weight Loss

Kevin Willett shares how sometimes meaning well can have the opposite effect.

It seems like many of my friends are obsessed with weight loss and congratulating people when they lose weight. Although your intentions are good, please remember that not all weight loss is good.  Suffering from illness and life events can also cause people to lose weight, so please make sure that you understand the reason for the weight loss before you comment on it. I have a friend who is going through a divorce and he commented to me the other day that it makes him sad when people congratulate him. Sometimes meaning well can have the opposite effect.

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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 is a Good Client for You?

Kevin Willett says the more specific you are the easier it is to refer you.

Has anyone ever asked you who is a good client for you? How did you respond? Did you say everyone? Or anyone? You want to be careful not to reply that way because it doesn’t help the person identify potential clients for you.

Let me give you an example. Let’s say you are a financial planner and you say everyone would make a good client. Now I would agree everyone could benefit from working with you. But if I know a lot of financial planners what will prompt me to remember you?  If you tell me that you are a financial planner interested in meeting people going through life events such as getting married, having a baby or retiring, I will think of you when I meet someone in one of those situations.

The better job you do drawing a picture in my mind of your ideal client, the better job I can do of helping you find them. Remember the more specific you are the easier it is to refer 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.

Don’t Stop Being Nice

Kevin Willett says to surround yourself with people who inspire you

Yesterday, my friend posted on social media, that every time she is nice it comes back to bite her. I think we can all relate to that feeling sometimes, but please don’t give in to the temptation to change and stop helping people. However, I do think you need to re-evaluate the relationships you have with the people in your life from time to time. I know this is hard for most people. Sadly, you may have people in your life who are holding you back from reaching your goals and dreams, so you have to ask yourself why they are still part of your life? Maybe you should consider spending less time with them to minimize the negative impact they have on you and your business and make new friends who inspire you. Either way, in the end, you should never stop being kind and helpful both in business and your personal life.

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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.

Is It Really Good Enough?

Kevin Willett says never stop doing the things necessary to grow your business.

I was speaking with a friend this morning and she told me that her son was disappointed because he didn’t make the traveling all star team. When I asked her what happened, she said he thought he was good enough to make the team so he stopped practicing.

That made me think about how easy it is to say things are ‘good enough’. It happened to me last week. My goal was to make 10 calls for the day and I only made 8 and I said “it’s ok, it’s good enough”.  But is it really? Now some days the answer is yes, it really is good enough for a variety reasons. However, when you start settling for less than you are capable of your business may start to struggle.

I encourage you to continue to do the things necessary to grow your business and when you hear yourself say its good enough please think of this tip and ask yourself: is it really?

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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 Key to Being Successful with Summer Time Networking

Kevin Willett says there is only one thing you need to do to be successful with Summertime Networking.

The key to Summer Time Networking is really simple. Are you ready to find out? You have to make time to attend events, period. The mistake I see people often make is that they stop attending events during the summer months. I understand you have vacation time and you want to relax a bit once the weather turns warm, or you become busy with the kids, but when you don’t attend events people don’t assume you are coaching your daughter’s baseball team, they assume you went out of business. I hear it all the time “hey what’s up with Kevin, I haven’t seen him at one of your events in a while. Is he still in business? “. Please do your best to attend events when you can, but if you do have to cut back, please make sure you are staying in contact with your referral partners. Reach out to them and invite them for coffee or lunch. Think about this with me, you have worked hard to build relationships with people. When you stop attending events it really can be the old cliché of out of sight out of mind. Also, you are opening the door for others to build relationships with your potential referral partners. Don’t let that happen. Do your best to find time to attend or at least stay in touch with your networking contacts.

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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 Yourself

Kevin Willett says act yourself or you can be perceived as disingenuous or lacking center.

When you meet me, you will see that I am really high energy.  I talk fast with my rather large Boston accent.  If you ask me how I am doing, 99 percent of the time I will tell you that I am living the dream.  I have learned through experience that not everyone is going to like my personality, and my friends, that is ok.  I sometimes see people try to change their personality depending upon who they are talking to. That just doesn’t work and honestly its exhausting trying to remember which personality you used with which person the last time you met.  Remember we do business with people we know, like and trust, so please be yourself and let people get to see the real you.  If they choose not to do business with you, that’s ok.  You will be much happier without them.

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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.