Who Are You?

Kevin Willett says that doing your due diligence goes a long way to avoiding awkward meetings

Just a reminder to check your calendar, before heading out the door, to see who it is that you are meeting. A few weeks ago, I forgot to do this, and it put me in an awkward position. I arrived at the meeting place and when I got out of my car the person was standing there and greeted me with a big hello and how happy they were to see me. I had no idea what their name was! I really didn’t want to say I am sorry I don’t remember your name, because that would be insulting. So, I sat through most of the meeting trying to remember and then he asked me if I could introduce him to someone. At that point in time I said sure, let me just make a note in my phone so that I won’t forget, which gave me a chance to check my calendar. I think it is important to avoid this situation by reviewing your calendar and viewing the persons social media accounts, so that you know their name and what they do for a living, before heading out the door. Please do not assume you will have time to do this when you arrive.  Now you might think how did you forget their name? Surprisingly, it is very easy for this to happen because I meet a lot of people online, and often schedule back to back meetings, so it’s easy to get confused. If you plan ahead and research the people you are meeting you can avoid this situation.

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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

I Forgot

Kevin Willett says forgetfulness is not an excuse for not following through

Lately my concentration has been off. I find that I am forgetting to do things and that really bothers me. I received an email from a person asking about my networking events. We spoke by phone and agreed that the events were not a match for them. Two days later I emailed them asking if they were still interested. Luckily, they just laughed and reminded me that we had already spoken, but I still looked bad for forgetting. I know this happens to the best of us from time to time, especially when we are overextended, and that it will get better. However, I do know of people who use their forgetfulness as an excuse.

When you forget to do things please do not tell me that it is because you are busy. Do you know anyone who is not busy? If something is important to you then you will find the time to do it. I recognize that we all make mistakes, but when you consistently forget to do things you are hurting your brand and reputation. People will realize that you are unreliable and may decide not to do business with you. Please follow through on your promises you will be amazed by the impact it has on your business.

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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

Networking Dilemma – What Should I Do

Kevin Willet says to always try to do what’s right, if possible

Last week I was scrolling social media and I saw a resume for a person that I happen to know very casually. When I looked at it, I said to myself ‘you should share their resume’. However, I must admit there was a part of me that was hesitant because I have reached out to this person many times about my networking group and very rarely have they ever responded to me. There was a part of me that said ‘you do not owe them any favors’.

I did end up sharing the resume, because I felt it was the right thing to do, but I find it is hard to always do the right thing. Sometimes I just have to say no. For example, it always amazes me when people who are active in other networking groups reach out to me to promote their business and then get mad when I say I cannot help them because they are not a client and that would not be fair to my paying clients. When you are asking for a favor please be fair and respectful to the person you are asking and be gracious if they say no.

There are two points to this tip. First, do your best to be kind to people and do your best to help people when you can. Second, be fair to people.

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Let’s Be Honest

Kevin Willett says being upfront about your intentions is a better business plan

This week three of my connections have posted about how mad they get when people connect with them on social media and then try to sell them something right away. I understand the importance of getting to know, like and trust someone, but I am ok with you pitching your services to me, because I have the right to say no.

I have had a few people reach out to me and say they love what I am doing with my networking groups and they want to meet up to hear more about how they can get involved. Then when I meet them, they go into their pitch and often get upset that I wasted their time when I tell them that I am not interested. So, in fact, they weren’t interested in getting involved, they just wanted to sell.

If we are being honest with each other, most people myself included, connect with people because we hope that they will do business with us or be a referral partner, so why not just come out and say that.

Let’s make you a Financial Advisor for a moment. If you connect with me and say that you would like to meet me to talk about what you do, to see if you can help me, then I can consider the offer and say yes or no. For me I would say I have an amazing advisor that I like, but If you are open to it, I would still like to meet you to see if we can help each other. Then they can decide if that’s what they want to do.

I listen to a podcast and I love the guys approach. He reaches out to people and says I am involved in this company and I am not sure if you are open to hearing more about it, if you are that’s great if you are not that cool too. Please let me know. I think this approach is perfect.

I have had people get mad at me and disconnect from me because I asked them if they were open to attending business networking events. Now I can respect your decision if you feel that I offend you, but by disconnecting from me, I will never see any of your posts and never have a chance to help you. Wouldn’t it be easier just to say “hey thanks for thinking of me, but it’s not a match for me?”

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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 Did I Forget To Do Today

Kevin Willett says being busy is one thing being neglectful is another

As I take on more responsibility, I must stop and ask myself what did I forget to do today? I can no longer keep everything in my head, so I have started using programs to keep track of the things I need to do and the people I need to reach out to.

For example, each week I reach out to 100 of my LinkedIn connections to ask them if they are interested in attending networking events. Often the answer is yes, and I send them a list of events for the month. However, if they did not attend any of the events from the list that month, I was not following up with them regarding future events. Out of sight out of mind. I was simply letting that opportunity slip, which defeats the purpose of reaching out to them in the first place.

One of the common issues I see is people forget to do things because they are busy. I am sorry my friends that is a weak excuse. People don’t care how busy you are. If you told someone you would follow up on something and you didn’t, that is bad. All that gets noticed is you did not keep your promise to them, which hurts your brand

I do my best at the end of each day to ask myself what promises did I make today, and did I keep 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

What Direction Are You Going In

Kevin Willett says side trips are nice, but you must stay the course in order to succeed

One of my challenges is that I loved to be challenged. I am always willing to take on new opportunities. I have learned that I must be careful in this area because I have to stay focused on my primary business if I expect it to grow.

I see a lot of my friends taking on side businesses simply because they want to make extra money. Now I totally respect that we must pay the bills but, you have to be careful about the impact your side business is having on your primary business. Look at your social media posts. Are you posting more about your side business than your primary business? I have friends that do this, and my concern is at some point people may not reach out to you because they don’t feel you will give them the level of service that they expect or need. They may feel you are concentrating on your side business more. Give some thoughts to finding a balance to make sure your side job is not costing you business on your primary job.

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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

I Am Going to Ignore You and Hope You Go Away

Kevin Willett says you are never too busy for a quick phone call or email

One of the common frustrations I hear from my friends is that they meet people at events who say they are interested in learning more about them, and then never return their calls or emails. Please stop doing this. Please stop ghosting people.

I understand that sometimes your priorities change and if they have simply tell the person who is trying to contact you. On the other end, if you ask someone for a quote, you owe them as yes or a no answer. I have been in the situation where I have asked someone for a quote and found out the cost is more than I wanted to spend on the project. Please take the time to reach out to the person and tell them your thoughts on the pricing or that you cannot hire them at this time. Now I know that this can be super awkward, but the person will respect you for being honest. When you ignore them you are killing your brand. What is the chance they will ever refer you? I say it is less than zero, meaning not only will they not refer you, they will talk badly about you. Don’t let this happen. All it takes is a phone call or quick email.

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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

Please Do Not Be Mad At Me

Kevin Willett says that in business as in life, compromise works for everyone.

I received an email this weekend from a person asking to meet me for coffee. When I told him that I could meet him in about six weeks, he emailed me back saying that if I didn’t want to meet him, I should just say so and not lie to him about my schedule being so full. I then made it worse and told him that if he wanted to talk sooner then we could schedule a video chat. Sadly, that just made it worse. His response was ‘what are you too important to meet me in person’?

Please understand that sometimes the people you want to meet with are super busy, and they are not trying to hurt your feelings by asking you if they can video chat with you instead.

Time management has become my biggest challenge. When I combine teaching with hosting twenty networking events, I often struggle with having time to do everything I need to.  Because of this I do have to think twice before I agree to drive more than 30 minutes to meet someone in person. Please understand that I am not trying to hurt your feelings, I am simply trying to grow my business. So rather than get upset about it, how about you offer to meet half way. That would be a big help and start off a business relationship on the right foot.

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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 It Anyway

Kevin Willett says the more you challenge yourself to do the easier it becomes

I was speaking to a woman at my networking event and I told her that I think Facebook live would be amazing for her business. She smiled and said “yes, it is part of my marketing plan going forward”. I smiled and asked “how long has it been part of your plan? Why don’t you do your first Facebook live tomorrow?” That did not go over well at all. She said she is not comfortable doing it. I asked if I could tell her a secret? The secret is most people are not comfortable doing it, but we do it anyway. You cannot let that fear stop you from doing what you need to do to grow your business. It really does get easier the more you do it. I remember the first time I did it, I was scared! Now I don’t even think about it. I do it because it helps me grow my business. Each time I post a video I am having new people connect with me who are interested in what I do and in coming to events.

I am challenging people to do one Facebook live video this week. Stop over thinking it. If you say or do something that you don’t like, simply delete the video. It is really that easy.

Some of my friends would rather blog than record a video. If you are blogging, why not add video content to your blog to see if it increases the views of your posts?

I have friends tell me that they don’t watch Facebook live. That’s ok but it’s not about you it’s about your clients and future clients and what they like.

Be sure to tag me on your first Facebook live post so that I can check it out.

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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

It’s as Simple as Wishing Someone a Happy Birthday

Kevin Willett agrees that little gestures can go a long way.

Last week I received my daily LinkedIn recap email and I noticed that it was a friend’s birthday. This guy always goes out of his way to endorse me on LinkedIn, so I wanted to take a moment to thank him and wish him a happy birthday. He sent me back the nicest email I’ve ever received, thanking me for taking the time to wish him a happy birthday. I have to be honest, I was having a super stressful day, but his email made me realize that everything was going to be okay. So take the time to wish your friends a happy birthday. It just might make your 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