Someday I Will Pay You Back

Kevin Willett says that Networking isn’t about keeping score.

I have a friend who reaches out to me from time to time for help. The last time I helped her she said “someday I am going to pay you back.” This statement made me laugh because I never expect anyone to pay me back. I help her because I think she is a good person.

I see this happen with networking all the time. People try to keep score and they expect to receive a referral back every time they pass one. If you are doing this please stop.

Life simply doesn’t work that way. You are not always going to be able to find referrals for the people that pass one on to you. This is why I focus on what I call the Circle of Love. I simply try to help as many people as I can, knowing that this is building my brand and that good things will come from it. I encourage you to try my approach. I think it will improve the results of your networking activity.

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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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Why I love / Hate Snow Days

Kevin Willett talks about Mother Nature as She relates to business

It has been a tough week. I had to cancel three events because of the blizzard we had. When you run a business networking group, snow and the fear of snow, causes chaos. Nobody wants to register for an event if they think it is going to snow. It has taken me a few years, but I have learned to accept this fact and realize that I may have to work harder that week but, as always, things will work out.

I have learned to use snow days to work on the projects that I keep putting off, to spend some time reading / watching TV and simply relaxing. Snow days are simply the universe’s way of telling me to slow down. Maybe someday I will actually listen.

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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.

Are You Adding Value to Your Connections?

Kevin Willett says just a few minutes of your time may pay benefits for years.

I have learned that the best way to stand out at a networking event is to try to add value to every person I meet by offering to introduce them to someone I know or by sharing knowledge I have that they may benefit from.  I have been able to build some great relationships by focusing on helping the person rather than trying to sell them anything.

Here are a few additional things you can do after the event to add value:

  1. Subscribe to their newsletter – I try to subscribe to newsletters and then send them an email with a positive comment.
  2. Comment on their social media posts – how often do you take the time to post a meaningful comment on a social media post? For most of us the answer is rarely. Stop and take the time to comment on their videos or blog posts, it’s a great way to stay in touch and build that relationship.
  3. Email them and offer to help – I emailed someone last week to check in and asked if I could do anything to help them. As luck would have it they were looking for a second opinion on a business issue that I was able to help with.

These ideas will only take a few minutes of your time, and they will go a long way towards helping you build relationships.

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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.

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.

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.