Small Talk To Big Business

Small Talk to Big Business

Remember, small talk is the warm-up that leads to the workout. The workout is talking business. To make this happen, eventually, you need to transition from small talk to real business.

When this moment comes, you will know. At some point in your exchange there will be a lull. Use this moment to get at a more meaty discussion on business (whatever that might be).

Be forewarned, however, this is not to suggest that you start to pitch them or set them up for a close. It merely suggests that once you have them comfortably engaged in conversation, you should ease into a more professional discussion of their business or yours.

For example, a nice segue might be, “Water skiing isn’t cheap! What do you do professionally to pay for it?”

Do not try to steer them. For example, a business coach, should not ask, “Do you use business coaches in your business?” A financial advisor, should not open with, “How is your 401K doing these days?” A promotional products person should not jump to “How do you use ad specialty items in your business?”

Do NOT push it. Keep the tone light and the sales probing to a minimum. If you do this right, you will have lots of opportunities to gather future business intelligence, pitch them, and close them.  Remember, people do business with those they Know, Like & Trust.

Return To Small Talk

After the professional conversation has run its course but before the conversation ends, touch back on something related to your small talk conversation.

For example: “Great talking with you. Assuming, you don’t get laid up in the hospital skiing between now and then, I would enjoy continuing our conversation over a cup of coffee sometime.”

Why is this important? By returning to small talk, you have demonstrated that you were listening and that you remembered. More subtly, however, you are reflecting back to a part of the conversation when they likely delighted in your interest in them.

Networking Rx: Evolution Of A Relationship (EPS 232)

Evolution of a Relationship

Frank Agin talks with the hosts of the Women Your Mother Warned You About podcast – Gina Trimarco & Rachel Pitts – about the evolution of their relationship. Check out their podcast at https://womenyourmotherwarnedyouabout.com/

https://networkingrx.libsyn.com/evolution-of-a-relationship-eps-232

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: Terry Bean & The Relationship Pillar (EPS 231)

The Relationship Pillar

Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, talks with Terry Bean (@terrybean) about the fifth pillar of a life well-lived: Relationships. For more on Terry’s work visit http://trybean.com/

https://networkingrx.libsyn.com/terry-bean-the-relationship-pillar-eps-231

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: Tackling Difficult Conversations (EPS 230)

Tackling Difficult Conversations

Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, reviews The Relationship Protocol by author Debra Roberts, a white paper offering insights into why we might avoid difficult conversations. Download the paper at https://www.therelationshipprotocol.com/tellme

https://networkingrx.libsyn.com/tackling-difficult-conversations-eps-230

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: Gina Trimarco – Relationship Improv (EPS 229)

Relationship Improv

Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, talks with Gina Trimarco of Pivot 10 Results, a sales and leadership strategy company that helps teams be more human through improv-based training. Yes, she was a great guest, AND you can learn more at https://ginatrimarco.com/

https://networkingrx.libsyn.com/gina-trimarco-relationship-improv-eps-229

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: Active Patience (EPS 228)

Active Patience

Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, shares some ideas on how to be active, while still being patient.

https://networkingrx.libsyn.com/active-patience-eps-228

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: Bill O’Herron – Waking Up Relationships (EPS 227)

Waking Up Relationships

Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, talks with licensed clinical social worker Bill O’Herron about his book Waking Up Marriage. Learn more at https://wholecounseling.com/

https://networkingrx.libsyn.com/bill-oherron-waking-up-relationships-eps-227

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: Networking In A Virtual World (EPS 226)

Networking in a Virtual World

Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, answers questions (asked by sales pitch expert Nick Capozzi) on networking in a virtual world. Connect with Nick via LinkedIn … https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-capozzi/

https://networkingrx.libsyn.com/networking-in-a-virtual-world-eps-226

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: Christina Providence – Using Facebook Groups (EPS 225)

Using Facebook Groups

Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, invites Christina Providence (Gestalt Professional Certified Coach) back to share about using Facebook Groups to network. Find Christina at www.theprovidencemethod.com.

https://networkingrx.libsyn.com/christina-providence-using-facebook-groups-eps-225

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: Us versus Them (EPS 224)

Us versus Them

On the day of our national election, Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, shares insights from studies as to why we seem so divided.

https://networkingrx.libsyn.com/networking-in-a-virtual-world-eps-224

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.