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How Not To Network

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Ilise Benun's presentation, "How Not To Network," given at BizJam Seattle on July 10, 2008.

Ilise Benun's presentation, "How Not To Network," given at BizJam Seattle on July 10, 2008.

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    • 1. How Not to Network with Ilise Benun Author and Co-founder of Marketing-Mentor.com
    • 2. About Marketing Mentor Marketing Mentor was founded in 2004 by Ilise Benun and Peleg Top with this simple mission: To help the creatively self employed learn how to market and promote their services, get their ideal clients and grow their business.
    • 3. A little about me… <ul><li>Self-employed since 1988 </li></ul><ul><li>Fired from 2nd job - “I’ll never work for anyone again.” (Too naïve and angry to know any better.) </li></ul><ul><li>20 years later: running a successful consulting practice </li></ul><ul><li>Full-time mentor (and partner) to the creatively self-employed. </li></ul><ul><li>Author of 6 books on marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent contributor to magazines </li></ul><ul><li>National speaker </li></ul>Ilise Benun
    • 4. Raffle at the end (and available wherever books are sold) www.marketing-pricing-guide.com
    • 5. Available on amazon.com
    • 6. My business is built on networking <ul><li>AWED meeting </li></ul><ul><li>NAPO Chapter </li></ul><ul><li>NY Magazine </li></ul>
    • 7. What is networking? Meeting people in person and… … building relationships with some of them.
    • 8. Anything familiar? “ I have always dreaded having to actually talk to other people.” “ I am not usually a shy person, but when it comes to talking to someone that I am trying to sell myself to, I get very nervous and reticent.”
    • 9. <ul><li>I don’t feel like it or I don’t have enough confidence. (That comes with practice.) </li></ul><ul><li>2. I don’t know where to go. (You haven’t identified your market.) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Nothing ever comes of the connections I make. (You may not be doing enough follow up.) </li></ul>What gets in the way?
    • 10. Networking is ideal when: <ul><li>You need work right away </li></ul><ul><li>You’re new to an industry </li></ul>
    • 11. Networking 101 1. Listen and ask questions (i.e. be genuinely curious) 2. Bring plenty of business cards 3. Follow up
    • 12. Networking 102 The Marketing Mindset.
    • 13. Where to go Your industry vs. Your client’s industry
    • 14. What kinds of events? <ul><li>Business card exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>Cocktail parties/mixers </li></ul><ul><li>Educational events </li></ul><ul><li>Speed networking </li></ul><ul><li>Trade shows (when the exhibitors are your prospects) </li></ul><ul><li>Dinners (awards, galas) </li></ul>
    • 15. Did you do your homework for Bizjam? <ul><li>Check out the list of attendees/exhibitors </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what they look like </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out to them in advance </li></ul><ul><li>Plan to meet? </li></ul>
    • 16. At a conference (like this one)… <ul><li>Don’t take a break during the breaks </li></ul><ul><li>Before (and after) sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with speakers </li></ul>
    • 17. 4 Essential Networking Tools <ul><li>Nametag </li></ul><ul><li>Business card </li></ul><ul><li>10 word blurb </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up system in place (email newsletter, postcard series) </li></ul>
    • 18. Your nametag: the perfect conversation starter
    • 19. <ul><li>Make it legible. </li></ul><ul><li>Include your company name. </li></ul><ul><li>Add your URL. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask a question – request a resource. </li></ul>Your nametag
    • 20. Icebreakers: when you don’t know what to say.. <ul><li>Hi, my name is… </li></ul><ul><li>What’s your interest in this topic? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you think? </li></ul><ul><li>Which is your favorite? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you try the ____? </li></ul>
    • 21. Peleg’s orange shoes
    • 22. Your business card: don’t leave home without it
    • 23. Don’t “forget” your cards or bring only 3.
    • 24. Don’t thrust your card at anyone.
    • 25. The exchange <ul><li>Upon meeting? </li></ul><ul><li>In the middle of the conversation? </li></ul><ul><li>At the end? </li></ul><ul><li>What if they don’t offer theirs? </li></ul>
    • 26. Your 10-word blurb: Does it engage the other person?
    • 27. What do you tell your mother?
    • 28. I’m a graphic designer. What’s wrong with this blurb?
    • 29. Don’t label yourself.
    • 30. I help wineries and related businesses increase their revenue by designing and producing effective marketing materials. What’s wrong with this one?
    • 31. I help companies leverage thought leadership through social media. vs. I help companies figure out the ‘video thing.’ Which is better?
    • 32. I'm in print management. vs. I handle the printing of all publications for our company. Which is better?
    • 33. Don’t assume people are familiar with your industry.
    • 34. I'm a fundraising copywriter. vs. I write emotional and compelling sales letters for non profit organizations. vs. I can write a sales letter that will make your donors open their wallets. How ‘bout these?
    • 35. I am a marketing consultant. vs. I work with people who hate to promote themselves. vs. I teach creative solopreneurs how to get really good clients. Variations on my blurb
    • 36. Your 10-word blurb <ul><li>Formula: Who you work with + what you do for them </li></ul><ul><li>Should be clear and pique your listener’s interest </li></ul><ul><li>Should be different for each listener </li></ul><ul><li>Use verbs instead of nouns and labels </li></ul>
    • 37. Don’t forget your new blurb.
    • 38. How not to brag… <ul><li>Tell stories – have 2-3 ready to tell (requires some prep) </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on facts and results rather than adjectives. </li></ul>
    • 39. How to get out of a conversation <ul><li>It was great to chat with you… </li></ul><ul><li>I need another Swedish meatball. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know Sally? </li></ul>
    • 40. Follow up <ul><ul><li>Email (via Biznik) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handwritten notes </li></ul></ul>
    • 41. Set the foundation for follow up while you’re talking
    • 42. <ul><li>Find something in common. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn something from the other person. </li></ul><ul><li>Give an idea, a resource, something that will help them. (Hint: You have to find out what they need.) </li></ul><ul><li>Find a project you can work on together. </li></ul>
    • 43. Do it now (if we have time).
    • 44. Could you be a Master Networker?
    • 45. <ul><ul><li>Warm and approachable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaging and curious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can talk to anyone about anything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They actually care? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fearless? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They connect others </li></ul></ul>Qualities of a Master Networker
    • 46. charlie
    • 47. Sunir Shah Chief Handshaker, FreshBooks
    • 48. Ultimate goal <ul><ul><li>To demonstrate: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionalism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reliability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resourcefulness </li></ul></ul>
    • 49. Tools to follow through on these promises.
    • 50. Contact management: Track your prospects with Highrise
    • 51. Highrisehq.com
    • 52. Email marketing: Stay in touch with your prospects with Emma.
    • 53. We love
    • 54. We love Bizjam Special! 20% subscription discount Make sure you mention Marketing Mentor! www.MyEmma.com
    • 55. Online billing: Do estimates, proposals and invoices professionally
    • 56. FreshBooks.com
    • 57. We love FreshBooks… … for estimating www.Freshbooks.com
    • 58. www.Freshbooks.com We love FreshBooks… … for online networking
    • 59. Speaking of online networking: Connect thru Biznik
    • 60. Biznik.com We love Biznik… … .for bringing people together
    • 61. My offer to you: FREE marketing tips in your inbox AND FREE half hour phone consultation
    • 62. About Marketing Mentor: When you need someone to bounce ideas off or be accountable to Ongoing weekly or bi-weekly coaching sessions OR On call consulting
    • 63. Save the date! August 27-29 Chicago www.CreativeFreelancerConference.com
    • 64. Raffle first then Questions? I’ve got answers!
    • 65. Contact me: www.marketing-mentor.com www.marketingmixblog.com [email_address] (201) 653-0783
    • 66. Thanks!

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