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I'm Cathy Dunbabin and I manage Opendoorz Networking in Oxford. Networking works. You know that. We know that. So make sure it works for you. In addition to the professional development training inclusive within the Opendoorz membership we offer training events to members and non-members alike. Whether you’re new to the networking arena or have been on the circuit for some time we look forward to welcoming you at our group meetings and on one of our courses.
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Category Archives: Lead generation
Think POP… Prepared, Open and Peeled! Before you go to see a client:- Think about your fellow members? Who might be good to introduce? What could they do for them? How might you introduce them or their service/product? What would … Continue reading
Welcome to Chris Bose of the Newbury Opendoorz group. Chris has a business which delves deeply into the depths of your online presence and Internet activity to generate new leads – often from places you wouldn’t dream of! Technical companies … Continue reading
I am always delighted to hear about our members working together for their mutual benefit, often providing a new service to the market. The Opendoorz motivation, energy and business development environment is perfect to encourage business owners to work together … Continue reading
Networking works. You know that. We know that – it has the power to completely transform your business.
People regularly ask me about which networking group I would recommend. A fair question considering how many years I have been networking… However this is often preceded by (read more) Continue reading
Business Networking done effectively is about building relationships that will result in fellow members passing business opportunities your way. Opportunities that create £££. However it doesn’t matter how hard you work there will always be people that never seem to pass … Continue reading
Professional business networking embraces the concept of word of mouth, adds structure and actively encourages members to promote each other in this way. Word of mouth referrals are simply the best way to grow business connections and generate business leads.
It will take time so be patient. Once you have gained trust and respect, people find it easier to promote you. When they are constantly speaking highly of you and your business you have hit that vein of gold. Business opportunities will begin to flow without you having to go out looking for them. (Read more) Continue reading
The A-Z of networking Do’s and Don’ts – Every week we’ll share some points that will resonate with you…some for the right reason and some for the wrong!
Advocate – You’re truly in a privileged position, representing your business. Do it with confidence, panache, be adequately humble and honestly ..
Attitude – Always, always turn up with a positive attitude – if you plan to have a great experience you will…and you’ll deserve to reap some reward to boot!
Arse – Don’t behave like an arrogant know-it-all and please make sure the builders bum stays on the work site.
Alcohol – Yes, you can have a drink, but a networking event where you’re representing your business is not the place to be dancing on the tables – save that for Friday night! Falling at the first hurdle (or bottle) is a sure way to damage your credibility.
Babysit – If you see someone on their own, looking a bit lost, do go and introduce yourself. They maybe new, nervous and are probably a bit scared. A little babysitting will go a long way in putting them at ease (read more) Continue reading
The purpose of business networking is not to empty the wallets of your fellow networkers but to encourage them to look for genuine new business opportunities for you. Your role is to encourage, motivate and educate fellow members in how to make valuable introductions for you and there are a number of ways in which you can speed and strengthen up this process.
Building Rapport and getting to know and like each other. This takes time but is essential in order to develop the level of trust and confidence required to refer you. If there are reservations about introducing you – guess what… they won’t! (read more) Continue reading
If you want to encouraging members of your networking group to become your greatest advocates then you need to be prepared to do the same for them….ideally first!
By putting yourself out and creating opportunities for others you will not only increase the chances that they will want to do the back for you but elevate your value within the group.
Try some of these tips to help fellow members: (read more) Continue reading