Networking Works!

There is tremendous value in networking and networking adds value to you. Networking is much more than prospecting and selling. In general, it involves interacting with those around you (face-to-face, over the telephone, e-mail or text, and even using social media). Nevertheless, you engage in networking for the purpose of the people around you and at the same time position yourself to receive help.

Networking Works!

Now it may not work HOW you would like it to work. For example, you go to a networking event hoping to meet accountants who might know of people interested in buying a franchise. To that end, nothing pans out, but you do learn of a job-transition group that you were not aware of. Networking did not work HOW you wanted, but it worked.

Networking may not work WHERE you want it to work. The next day standing in line to get coffee, you strike up a conversation with someone who reveals in polite conversation that they are looking for more freedom in their professional life. Networking did not work WHERE you wanted, but it worked.

Finally, networking may not work WHEN you want it to work. For example, again, you go to a networking event hoping to make contacts to help you find clients interested in franchising. You seem to come up empty. Then a month later, a year later, or even a decade or more later, someone reconnects with you from that event looking to be your client. Trust me, this happens. Again, Networking did not work WHEN you wanted, but it worked.

Networking Rx: Crush Networking Frustration (EPS 065)

Life can get frustrating at times, and so can networking. In this program, Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Networking Rx, shares his insights on conquering these frustrating times.

http://networkingrx.libsyn.com/crush-networking-frustration-eps-063

For more information on AmSpirit Business Connections and its franchise opportunity program, contact Frank Agin at frankagin@amspirit.com or visit http://www.amspirit.com/franchise.php.

Networking Rx: Dr. Rob Bell – Guest Interview (EPS 060)

Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Networking Rx, interviews Dr. Rob Bell, a sports psychologist and mental toughness guru to professional athletes, colleges as well as anyone who wants to be (and their parents too). https://drrobbell.com/

http://networkingrx.libsyn.com/dr-rob-bell-guest-interview-eps-060

For more information on AmSpirit Business Connections and its franchise opportunity program, contact Frank Agin at frankagin@amspirit.com or visit http://www.amspirit.com/franchise.php.

Networking Rx: Molly Hocutt – Guest Interview (EPS 062)

Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Networking Rx, interviews Molly Hocutt, the Marketing and Communications Manager for Invitly (https://invitly.com/), a networking app that enables professionals to meet through invites for drinks or meals in order to grow their professional networks.

http://networkingrx.libsyn.com/molly-hocutt-guest-interview-eps-xxx

For more information on AmSpirit Business Connections and its franchise opportunity program, contact Frank Agin at frankagin@amspirit.com or visit http://www.amspirit.com/franchise.php.

Networking Activities

Networking opportunities fall into three distinct categories: Face To Face … Electronic Encounters … and, Social Media.

FACE TO FACE networking opportunities including, various activities when you are out and about with people. These include:
• Structured Networking, including Toastmasters, Rotary, Lions Club, or organizations like AmSpirit Business Connections.
• Networking Events, including trade shows, volunteer activities, business after-hours, Chamber events, seminars, and even social events like tailgates.
• Free-Form Networking, including perhaps a round of golf, meeting over a cup of coffee, or just getting together.

With respect to networking in the modern age, much of what you can do face to face, you can accomplish via ELECTRONIC ENCOUNTERS. More specifically, you network over the telephone, over e-mail and through texting. Remember networking is more than selling and prospecting. It is two or more people working towards their mutual benefit – sharing referrals or contacts, passing on information, being encouraging and supportive.

Finally, in the 21st century, technological innovation has given way to SOCIAL MEDIA websites. These are nothing more than virtual venues where you can network – again, share referrals or contacts, pass on information, being encouraging and supportive.

The main three social media applications are LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, but beyond these are dozens and dozens of others. If used properly, social media will allow you to network on a massive scale, on a worldwide basis, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and do so with incredible information about your networking partner before you even make contact.

Networking Rx: We’re At Lunch, Now What? (EPS 062)

In time, your networking efforts get you opportunities to meet one-on-one with new and interesting people. Then what? Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Networking Rx, addresses this question and provides useful advice.

http://networkingrx.libsyn.com/were-at-lunch-now-what-eps-059

For more information on AmSpirit Business Connections and its franchise opportunity program, contact Frank Agin at frankagin@amspirit.com or visit http://www.amspirit.com/franchise.php.