HuddleDo Helps You Meet People in Your Local Area Easy

ID-100184024Many people have come to HuddleDo to learn about networking. What some of these people don’t realize is that it’s also a great place to make high quality local connections!

When you set up your HuddleDo account, you can start creating Huddles (a.k.a., networking over a coffee).   These Huddles will help you meet new people in your back yard or even wherever you travel in the United States.

The steps are quite easy:

  • Create a new Huddle
  • Search for people in your area and in selected industries
  • Invite up to 6 other professionals you want to meet for some coffee.
  • Meet and make business happen.

As soon as two (2) people accept, you have a Huddle!  You can then go off and have your meeting and grow your business.

What happens to the other people who couldn’t join your Huddle?

That’s what makes HuddleDo so exciting.  They can now create their own Huddle.  Now, they can invite you and guess what?  You’ll have ANOTHER meeting.  That’s how amazing HuddleDo is for networking. With every Huddle, you end up growing more and more.

Why It’s Important to Huddle

It’s important to Huddle because that’s how you meet people who can help you and you can help them. With the website, you can find people who are in the same industry as you. These people may be working with the same target audience as you. That means you’ll have access to those consumers. This is how partnerships are made and how people can grow their business slowly or quickly. What sets the pace is how often you meet people. And with HuddleDo, you can arrange something for every single day, if you really wanted to do that.

Even In Other Places

Let’s say you’re on a business trip in Chicago. You have a full day without anything to do. Why not meet some connections? Simply change your zip code on your Huddle profile. Instantly, you’ll see people interested in Huddling. Set up a Huddle and within a few minutes you may just get one together.

Try out HuddleDo right now. Setting up your profile only takes a few minutes. You can then start a Huddle and begin making connections that will help you achieve the success you can only imagine right now.
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Exercise Patience with Networking

ID-100260545Patience…how many of you have it?

If you’re like most people, you don’t believe you have a lot of it.  You may have it for some things, but most things are a struggle when it comes to stepping back and just letting things happen.

Patience is important to networking though. You need to use it to get what you want out of it.

Patience from the Beginning to the Goal

When you first start networking, you’ll notice that it doesn’t come naturally. You may meet a lot of people, but those connections never go anywhere. You don’t end up growing your business. You don’t even find the value in it. And so, you quit.

Quitting is what is making you miss out on the benefits of networking. You must have patience.

You won’t see the benefits of networking the first, second, or third time you do it. You must continue to do it for a while to start to see yourself growing and your business.

As you get comfortable with networking and you see your business growing, you may start to see that you aren’t reaching your goals as quickly as you would like. Again, you must have patience. No one can tell you that you will reach your goals in a year or two years after you start networking.  There’s no time table for it. It’s something you must do continuously to continuously grow. Some people will grow their businesses quickly, while for others, it takes a little longer. That’s okay. As long as you’re moving forward, you’re doing something positive.

Even when you reach your goals, you’ll likely have new ones. You’ll need patience again to reach those goals.

The Problem with Impatience

The problem with impatience is that it will make you want to quit to try something else. The problem with quitting is that most people do it way too soon. That’s how impatience hurts you. If you had patience, you wouldn’t think about quitting. You would continue to network and only get better at it.

Start exercising patience today with networking. Keep trudging along and make changes to the way you network, so you can start to see positive outcomes. Read some more of our blogs to learn how to better network. The more you do, the more you’ll see.

Bring Your Best Self Forward When Networking

ID-100237749It can be difficult meeting someone new, especially when that person could help you with growing your business. Although it’s difficult, that does not mean it is impossible. You can do this and make it successful. You may just have to put yourself in the right frame of mind.

When you meet someone new, you don’t have to give the impression you are something you are not. The reason you are in business is because you are intelligent, creative, and resourceful. You have ideas and you have implemented them. All of these traits make you a powerful person that can do amazing things in the future. Believe in that because that’s what will help you bring out the best in you.

What if you believe others are better than you?

You know, there are some people who have done more, and do have bigger ideas. That doesn’t mean they are better than you. It just means that they have the skills and knowledge that you probably need. Don’t look to other people as a threat. They are not a threat to you. They are opportunities for you.

Often times, when people start to have a different perspective about a situation, they are better able to work with it. When you see people as opportunities rather than threats, you see them as a positive, and that can make you feel empowered. It makes you feel hopeful of moving forward with your business.

Take a moment to think about a situation like this… What does it feel like inside? Do you feel weak and want to shy away? Probably not if you’re looking at it as an opportunity. You probably feel uplifted, excited and energized.

So now, you have two perspectives to keep in mind that will directly influence the way you feel and act. You will remember that you have a lot of skill and knowledge, and you see others with skills and knowledge that don’t go against you, but could work alongside of you to create something bigger and better than you already have going for you right now.

Try writing some notes down about this right now. Before you go to your next networking meeting, take out the notes to review. Believe what you’ve written down about yourself and other people, and feel your inner self become stronger and more excited. When you do feel this, you can move on to the meeting with confidence and acceptance of yourself and in the amazing things you can do.

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Can You Reconnect Too Much When Networking?

ID-10081286How many times do you try to reach out to connections you make at networking events?

Once?

Two times?

Three times?

Ten times?

Many people believe that you can’t reconnect too many times. They think that the more they put themselves in other people’s faces, the higher the chances they will end up getting what they need and want.

Unfortunately, that is not the case.

When you try to reconnect too many times, you become a bother. People will not want to connect with you because you end up being another task on their never ending list of to-dos.

So how do you know how many times you should reconnect with someone?

The simple answer is…

Reach out two times, if you don’t get a response, don’t try again.

The reasoning is the first time your message may have gotten lost. The second time, it’s hard to say it got lost two times. And even if it did, it wasn’t meant to be.

Two times is the perfect number of times because it shows people you are interested in connecting, but you’re not hounding them. Two times means that you reconnected and then you’re checking in. That’s it.

Spreading Out the Reconnects

How far apart the reconnects matters too. You shouldn’t call two times in one day. That means you are too anxious. You shouldn’t even try to reconnect two days in a row. You should have at least three days in between your reconnects. Some people do their first reach out on a Monday and then another one on Friday. Some space them farther apart, but that doesn’t seem to be effective. People will often not feel as though you’re not on the ball if you end up waiting too long to reconnect.

Now that you’ve read this, you’re probably feeling guilty for reaching out too much. It’s okay. You can’t go backwards, but you can go forwards. That means, take the information you’ve read here and apply it for future connections you make at networking events. Before you know it, you’ll be getting more call backs and using your networking as you should – to grow your network and business.

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Why Confidence Can Be a Problem in Networking

ID-100228046Many people think that confidence is everything to networking. While that is usually the case, there is a time when confidence can be a huge problem. Understanding when that is can be the secret to finally being able to make networking work for you.

Confidence vs. Insecurity – The Balancing Act

Have you ever met someone who waltzes into a room and acts as though everyone loves him? He walks up to everyone, knows he has the skills and knowledge everyone wants, and then walks away with his chest held high smirking.

This may seem like he just won over the room. It may seem like he’s just boosted his business through the roof.

Guess what? This person probably didn’t.

This may be you, and you have no idea why. People have told you countless times that networking is all about confidence. You probably pump yourself up before you head into a networking event and you give it all you got.

The only problem is that you are no further along with your business than your friend who maybe talks to two people at an event. It’s okay; we understand how it feels. You’ve been misguided, but it’s time to back up a little and try again.

Confidence is important. You need to have it. The shy guy who talks to two people probably won’t be able to do much with networking, so you need to keep that confidence. Just tone it down a bit.

How do you know you have the right level of confidence? You will have a hard time getting away from people. That’s the sign you need to be looking for when you’re networking.

People will want to talk to you when you have the right level of confidence. They will want to learn from you. They want to ask questions and talk to you. People who have too much confidence usually end up having conversations cut short. They usually have a difficult time engaging people.

How do you get to a point where you know you have the right level of confidence?

Walk up to a person, introduce yourself, and ask a question. When the person answers that question, include something about yourself. Not something too long to tell – just a slight addition to what the person just said. Then follow it up with another question for the person. Again, acknowledge what the person said, and give the person another tidbit about yourself related to what the person just said.

At some point, the person will ask you a question. You can then answer that question, but don’t be long winded about it. Keep it informative and short.

Give this a try at your next networking event. If you end up reverting to your too confident ways for the first few conversations, don’t worry; just keep trying. You’ll get it with practice. Soon, you’ll see how people just love you and really want to help you.

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Take It Offline for Networking Results

ID-100109814With social networks, many people have become isolative. They believe they can do all of their networking online. They don’t ever want to meet another person face-to-face again.

Unfortunately, that will only hurt you. That will only keep you from getting all of the benefits of networking. You need to get out into the world to network effectively.

Does that mean you should just forget about online networking? NO!

You need to use online networking as a stepping stone to networking offline. Here’s how you can do that.

How to Take Online to Offline for Networking Results

Research people who you believe could help you with your business. Yes, it’s a bit selfish, but you can be selfless later.

When you find some people to network with, message them and follow them. You will need to keep all of these people straight, so don’t be afraid to take notes. They will help you greatly.

In the messages you send, be sure to introduce yourself and then point out something the person is doing that you have interest or experience in. For example, “I noticed you’re in content marketing, I’ve been writing content for a number of years. It would be great to connect with you to discuss the latest developments in how content can be better marketed. I have many strategies that have worked for me.”

As you can see, content marketing is of interest to the person and the experience you are offering is in the same industry. The idea with the messages is for you to give the person something.

Don’t think you are doing this as a trick. You must be able to offer knowledge through tips, etc. to the person if he or she responds. You need to give to get.

When people start to respond to you, provide what you promised and then as you do, engage in a conversation that leads offline such as with a question like, “Would you like to get together for some coffee to discuss this more?” Usually, if the information you’ve provided is valuable enough, people will jump at the chance to meet with you.

When you are with the person offline, there’s more of a chance you’ll learn more about the person. That information you gain will help you. Over time, you may just end up working together.

It’s all about relationships when it comes to networking online AND offline. Starting that relationship online just means that you have to transfer it. And that’s okay because people are used it now.

Good luck on your networking efforts. Soon you’ll have so many connections, you won’t know how to handle all of the growth you’ll see in your business. That’s a good thing!

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5 of the Best Places to Find Networking Events

ID-100281181Networking can be difficult when you don’t know where to do it. While you can always network online on social networking sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, they aren’t always a good replacement for face-to-face networking. When looking to shake hands with people, it’s important to find alternate places to find people you can meet.

Association Meetings

The Chamber of Commerce is great to attend association meetings. They often have events that are perfect for people wanting to network. Sometimes, there are brunches, lunches, or dinners. All of them are geared towards bringing people in the community together. You can even work with the Chamber of Commerce to hold your own events.

Some communities have business associations that you can join. These associations also have events intended to bring members together. You may want to search for those and get involved by becoming a member.

Universities and colleges often have alumni associations, and the events they have can be perfect for networking. You already have something in common with these people because you went to the same school as them. You can then discuss what you’ve been involved in since graduation.

Local Networking Groups

Many people have started networking groups because they feel there aren’t any associations that can really deliver what they are seeking. These smaller networking groups may be perfect for you. Consider looking for them by looking on your library’s bulletin board or looking at the site meetup.com. You should be able to find a few active ones in your surrounding area.

 Join Clubs or Organizations

You can join clubs or organizations that have some relation to your industry. It doesn’t have to directly tie into what you’re doing for your business, but meeting different people may lead to connections that could help you grow your business. Even sports teams can lead you to meeting people you can benefit from when it comes to your business. Simply have fun and have interest in other people to find commonalities. This will lead to great relationships and possible opportunities.

FindNetworkingEvents.com

This websites has a nice list of networking events in many areas of the country. You can visit it regularly to find out about some new ones and then make a point to attend them. As you attend networking events, you will likely hear of others about to happen that you can attend.

Let People Know You’re Looking

Word of mouth is a good way to find out about networking events. Let colleagues and acquaintances know you would like to attend a networking event. Usually, someone has heard of one happening somewhere.

What are some ways you find networking events in your area? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Find Networking Events in Your Area

networking eventsIf you don’t think there are many networking events in your area, you’re probably missing them. You’re also missing the amazing possibilities that come along with networking events. The trick is to look harder for them because once you find the resource that delivers a few networking events a month, you will have no problem getting out there to find people who can help you grow your business.

Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce is made up of business owners. They join as members because they want to meet business owners just like you. When you join as a member, you can attend all of the events they have, which will help you gain exposure in your local community. You would be amazed at how you can help others and how they can help you. Even industries you never thought would be a benefit to your business can amaze you with their knowledge and business practices.

Newspaper

The newspaper often has announcements of networking events in your local area. Check it on Sundays and throughout the week. They are usually found in the Classifieds or Business section.

Library

The library usually has a bulletin board and people will post about their networking event there. Check it weekly to see if there is anything new.

Coffee Places

Business owners need their coffee, which is why bulletin boards in coffee shops are usually full of networking event announcements. Checking the board once a week when you’re picking up some coffee may end up producing at least one event you can attend.

Online Resources

You can find a lot of networking events online. It’s probably the easiest and fastest way to find networking events in your area.

  • People holding networking events will usually advertise them on Twitter. Use the search engine on Twitter to find one in your area by typing in “networking events in ‘your area.’”
  • Meetup groups is another option for finding networking events. You can also join some groups to network in other ways.
  • LinkedIn can be a good way to find professionals in your area and then hear about events from one of them.

There are many ways to find networking events. Simply look out for announcements online and offline, and ask around. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask around and you’ll hear about one from someone. Once you hear about one and get into the circle, you’ll likely start to hear about more from the connections you make.

How do you find networking events in your area? Let us know in the comments!

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Networking Across Cultures

networkingThe United States is a wonderful mix of many cultures. It’s the melting pot of the world. People come to the U.S. to make it big – to create the American Dream and live it. As these people are creating the life they’ve always dreamed of in America, they realize that networking is important. They know they must get out there and meet people who can help them.

For those of you who may have been born and raised in the United States, you may find that it’s either difficult to effectively network with people of a different culture. Usually, cultures have different ways of meeting people and socializing. Their values and thought may be different from your own. This can cause misunderstandings and problems if they are not considered.

As you are networking with people of a different culture, it might be important to consider the following differences among cultures.

Personal Space: Some cultures feel most comfortable speaking very close to someone, while other cultures prefer being far apart (arm length). Instead of telling you which cultures like close or far personal space, which you won’t remember for long, try to figure out what person prefers just by their nonverbal communication. For instance, if you walk up to someone and that person immediately takes a step back, take it that you have stepped to close, and simply just stay where you are. That person has already adjusted the personal space to his or her liking. If you’re the one that is feeling uncomfortable because someone has come up to you too closely, nonchalantly take a step back. Do it slowly, and it won’t appear you are frightened or being rude.

Eye Contact: Some cultures take eye contact as respect that you are listing to the person, but other cultures take it as a sign that you are trying to be dominate. You can tell how that person feels about eye contact by paying attention to how the person is looking at you or not looking at you. If they person is not making eye contact with you, don’t take it as being room. Instead, it’s best to assume the person doesn’t feel that eye contact is appropriate. While you may make eye contact at some points, don’t make a point to continue it because that might offend or make the person uncomfortable.

Nonverbal Communication: Nonverbal communication is everything a person does to express him or herself without making a sound. Waving a hand, stroking the hair or even touching you on the arm are all examples of nonverbal communication. Be considerate of the fact that some people don’t enjoy being touched by people they do not know. They also don’t always understand your movements. Some may take it that you are not able to control yourself or you are not being genuine. Again, watch the other person to see what is appropriate. While you don’t want to imitate what that person does, you can get cues from him or her on what you should or shouldn’t do.

When networking with other cultures, just keep in mind what the person you are talking to is doing. Pay attention and do what that person does. Don’t become easily offended. Many of the things people of other cultures do are completely appropriate for them, even if they are not for the American culture.

What are your thoughts? What are some tips you have for networking with people of different cultures?

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What to Do When a Contact Calls You

networkingYou’ve been through a networking event. You’ve met a lot of people and have given your business card to most of them. You gauge the number of business cards handed over at about 50. Some of those people you remember, while others just seem like a blur. The next thing you know one of the people you don’t remember speaking to calls you. That person seems to remember everything you two talked about, while you can’t remember a thing. What do you do?

Ask Questions

You don’t have to admit you have no idea who the person is because that could show that you aren’t an effective networker. What you need to do is play it off as though you remember it all and ask general questions. You can ask questions such as:

  • So what have you been doing since the event?
  • How’s business going?
  • What do you need help with?

As you can see, you can ask someone you meet and a perfect stranger these questions and come out okay. As you hear the answers to these questions, you can probably ask more questions. Be careful though; stay general or you may get, “Don’t you remember that I told you that?”

Set Up a Meeting

Sometimes, you won’t remember someone’s voice or anything about him or her, but when you see the person, you remember it all. Simply tell the person you’ve been really busy, so it would be better to set up a meeting to discuss business. That way you can get off the phone and hopefully remember who the person is when you meet him or her.

If you get to the meeting and still have no idea who the person is, just revert to the first solution. Ask general questions until you have a full fledge conversation going.

Compliment the Person

People love it when you acknowledge their good networking skills. Remark how he or she is so good about calling connections after a networking event. You can then ask if the person has contacting anyone else. If you remember any of the names, you can then ask how that person is doing, and start a conversation from there.

Google It

If you are at your desk when the person calls, don’t be afraid to Google the person while you are on the phone. You may have to ask a general question to get the person talking for long enough for you to quickly research him or her, but once you see the person online (possibly LinkedIn), it may trigger your memory or at least you’ll find something about the person you can touch on when speaking.

These tricks on what to do when a contact calls you will help you out of a tough situation. What other tips do you have for someone who receives a call from someone they don’t know after a networking event? Leave a comment below!

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