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Cathy Dunbabin - Avid F1 fan, adores heels and OTT jewellery. Mum to 2 fabulous daughters is an eternal optimist and partial to a night at the casino. Loves connecting people and businesses and doing what she was born to do...networking!
Sonia Kearns - Brimming with designer flair, loves odd numbers and Bicester Village. Also has 2 fabulous daughters, is famous (amongst friends) for renditions of 'I Will Survive' and hosting fantastic parties. Has an amazing ability to create great business opportunities for others.
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Category Archives: Social networking
Cathy Dunbabin, the founder and director of Opendoorz Business Networking in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom is often invited to review social networking groups and other business networking groups such as Networking Women, BNI, Athena Networking, Pathfinders and will be reviewing other opportunties for all serious business networkers within the South of England. Reviews of this nature by a seasoned networker such as Cathy Dunbabin are invaluable to any business owner or manager who is serious about raising their profile and increasing new business development through business networking in Oxfordshire, the South of England and the United Kingdom.
According to Opendoorz member Alex Minchin of Zest, Instagram is one of the best social media tools. Read this then click on the link to learn more. It could radically alter your marketing! “There are lots of social media tools … Continue reading →
Steventon House Hotel, Milton Hill
Steventon, Abingdon OX13 6AB
Bi Weekly Meeting 1st & 3rd Tuesday the month
7.30 – 9.30am followed by 10.00 – 12.30 business development 1st week of the month only.
The SMI Pathfinder Club is a platform for business owners to develop their businesses, to maximise profits, create a motivational environment, and take their company to the next level.
Pathfinder Club meetings offer an encapsulating programme that covers all (Read more) Continue reading →
We recognise that social media marketing is playing a huge role for many companies across the globe, even our own.
It’s because of this that we’ve asked Jane van Velsen – Social Media Shop, to host social media marketing workshops for Opendoorz members and non members. We start things with a full day workshop on the 26th July where Jane will explain the mysteries of social media marketing and take you through the intricacies of how to develop a social media strategy, identify the (read more) Continue reading →
Remembering people’s names is an important communication skill and is very useful in business networking. This is a great beginning to any interaction, but what if you meet someone and just a second after you meet them you just can’t remember their name?
We found this hilarious video which provides tips (and a great laugh) to help you remember even the most complicated names! (read more) Continue reading →
What a fab night it was on Friday, 17th June. We were all there in superb finery to support our bid for the category of social media marketers in the Oxfordshire Business Awards 2011.
We didn’t win but we were a finalist and, considering we’ve only been using social media since January (and we don’t have a radio station), we thought that was amazing progress!
Here’s some video so (read more) Continue reading →
Every month Opendoorz Business Networking, Oxford runs a guest event where visitors can come along and enjoy getting to know our members over scones and tea. There is an opportunity to introduce yourself and your business as well as lots of time to mingle before and after the meeting.
This is one of the lovely testimonials I received recently and I though I just have to share with you… Continue reading →
We are extremely delighted that Opendoorz Business Networking, Oxford has recently supported a charity event in the aid of AYME (Association of Young People with ME).
One of our wonderful members, Alan Ballard from Eco Salus Print kindly organized a Charity Golf Day at Studley Wood Golf Club, Oxfordshire. The event included a round of golf, lovely dinner, great prizes and wonderful entertainment.
We are so pleased that so many members of Opendoorz came along (read more) Continue reading →
Anyone who is a serious business networker realises that at some point in your networking life you need to adopt a new approach. It’s not the techniques don’t work; it’s just that they appear a little worn out after a while and leave you feeling flat.
Think back to those business networking meetings you’ve been to when you left feeling invigorated and had at least three prospects to call immediately. Isn’t that just a great sensation? But, was that due to you using the traditional skills of business networking or was it because you did something a little different at that meeting?
Sometimes to make things happen we have to grasp the nettle. Here are a few avant garde (read more) Continue reading →
No, this is not a repeat article but a very specific one about the mistake people make during a networking meeting. The other one was the one about the mistakes people make during Open Networking. Different topic….
Here are ten easy ways to get it very wrong during the meeting…
You will invited to talk at the appropriate time of the meeting. If you start chatting to your neighbour at an inappropriate time you will ensure the eyes of the room fall upon you for the wrong reasons (read more) Continue reading →
After years of business networking I still smile when I witness the way some people behave at an event. They just don’t get it… Key reasons to attend networking events are to make new contacts, get to know local businesses and look for opportunities for your business. It is essential then that you behave in such a way that others so you as friendly and likeable, credible and professional and someone they would want to meet with again.
Here are ten easy ways to get it very wrong during the pre meeting in open networking time.
Talking about you, you, you
Everyone likes to be asked questions (read more) Continue reading →