How to be a great (savvy) connector!

A great connector is defined as individual who strategically focuses on providing connections, opportunities, ideas and resources that empowers and assist someone else dreams, goals. Great connectors believe that when we all work together, everybody wins! When we support each other, everyone gets encouraged. They attend various events in an effort to “to give rather then get” says Bonnie Chan Founder of Network to Grow.

To deliver on the above mention definition, below are some tips that will help you become great & savvy connector!

Listen first

Being a great listener allows great connector to genuinely understand the needs and want of each other. They are interested to first understand before being understood. Great Connector want to know your story. They act as magnet, absorbing information before sharing valuable resources to connections.

Get Engaged

Great connector don’t passively listen, but rather listen to every word they are listening to. They ask strategic questions to clarify to dig deep into the conversation on topic. They stay engaged in the moment and stay present in the conversation. They have the ability to make connections and help create results!

Building Relationships (ongoing)

Great connectors focus on building (ongoing) relationships above all other intentions. They understand and acknowledge that trust is the basis of all good things in that keep people moving in this world of opportunity. They don’t push or promote their personal agenda, rather genuinely actively listen and engage in the conversation to authentically engage and support to whom they are speak with.

Stay Connected

Great connectors don’t do “one meeting and that’s all”.  They are relationship builders throughout their journey of success. They encourage ongoing connection in specific and engaging ways, whether contact cards, email or social media. They follow up and follow through on a continued basis and grow the relationship.

Impress with the Knowledge

Great connector aren’t out to look good. They let their thoughts, ideas and connections show their value. They are present and engaged in a effort to help others reach their goals. Great connectors embrace diversity and in the end they make everyone around them look and feel awesome!
Bring something to the conversation

Great connectors are always ready with connections at their fingertips. (via phone or iPad). They will what they can to assist, empower to create a successful engagement with whom they are interacting with. Even if they don’t have something to offer at the time, they will refer another great connector or follow up with information via email if information is promised. They have high integrity in doing this. They may be someone in the room that they can connect them with if possible (hense they are savvy connectors)

Offer your expertise and knowledge

Great connectors understand they don’t have all the answer. They are the McGyver (80’s TV Show) of resources! They focus on providing their expertise (in their field) and the knowledge (wisdom) and if they are not able to provide it directly they will offer strategic and specific connections who can. They are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses. They will do whatever they can to use their strengths to prove the “super hero level support and actions” stated by Emmanuel Lopez  Author and Movie expert. They want you to reach the next level your journey of success.

Share challenges & Opportunities

Great connectors understand they need assistance as well. They are willing to their struggles authentically and openly and accept constructive feedback and advice from their peers. Great connector are driven to achieve their dreams and goals, and understand that to win they must work in creating strategic and win-win connections with others.

Stay cool

Great connectors are cool, calm and collect in the storm. They are the stabilizers during the time of uncertainty. They have a plan of action amidst the chaos of the moment. These abilities enables for greater connection, opportunities and growth for everyon

7 Reason why entrepreneurs don’t follow up to grow their resources (get results)

In the journey in building their business there some fundamental steps entrepreneur attempt to do (or not do at all) that affects them in growing the business, resources or making a profit. Below are areas that they must deal or get assistance to complete for them to survive.

1st. Scared

Scarcity is something that society does very well from TV programs and people to ensue fear that cause them to scared to succeed. It take inner confidence to realize that’s not the case at all.

2nd. Don’t make time to do it

I hear this a lot “don’t have any time” This excuse (yes excuse!) can be used as a mental block on themselves that they are not doing productive things with their time. To much networking meeting people and failure to follow up is a common track to get stuck in. Being able to network and share is important, the ability to follow up and with your contacts and grow your resources is a very important step.  Event management is important to manage and execute in the process of success.

3rd  No value to share

Being able to network and offer value is important priority to accomplish. They do have to share, again it comes to a self confidence issue that either they don’t want so to share or they believe its not viable in the conversation. We all have value to share, its a missed opportunity not to do it.

4th  They feel they made no connections

They attend an event talk to multiple people and walk out empty handed. How can that happen? it comes back to inner confidence and the ability to being able to share what they and listen (which they don’t) and they may exchange business cards and no make any follow up notes or believe there are possibilities to connect further.


5th Don’t have a system in place

Having a system of success is an important tool to have when you are networking. Going out collecting business cards and putting them in a box is not a great system at all!  It is a simple process and very easy to do. It comes down to being able to execute a plan and making viable connections to foster ongoing business relationships. Not doing this is a big waste of your time and energy with no result to show for.

6th Lazy

This a a very common factor that affects entrepreneurs, the act of laziness and not have a plan to execute. Watching hours of tv, listing to the radio, going to events that not meaningful for themselves and hanging around other lazy people enacts this and paralyzes their mental ability. The internal programs and will power don’t have the energy to realize they are not doing things to see and do to improve your day.

7th No Go-Giver Mentality

The ability to be able to give is the import trait to have when networking. Bob Burg Author of “Go-Giver” states that the ability to give and expecting something in return is commitment that is not easily achieved due to the reasoning you are not getting anything in return.  The ability to give and expecting a return in others way is a huge opportunity missed by entrepreneurs in their in succeeding in their today and beyond.

Be aware of this seven mistakes as you begin your networking journey and make an mental effort to not go ‘through the rabbit hole” with any of these in the long term. It will not only affect growing your business but also make money with it too!

Jim Pagiamtzis
www.21connections.ca

Networking to get results at events!

There are events and seminars happening throughout the month that you are attending and taking the time, energy and money to network. You must be prepared for the opportunity and be able to follow up with goal to achieve desired results.

Networking is concept that has to be done on an ongoing basis to create momentum to yield you results. Attracting qualified clients that you can offer you specific packages that you offer is the goal.

Connecting

Building your list in one aspect that is important to do a daily basis whether your meeting people online or offline, there are important resources that will begin to add up with connections on LinkedIn and other social networking sites you belong to.

It all begins with you business with is your billboard and your most important marketing tool you have that you can leverage in any situation. When you are at a networking event or going bowling with friends, being prepared for the opportunity is the most strategy to remember. American Express has a great saying “never leave home without it” same goes for you business card, its part of you like the clothes you wear every day.

Information

You have an expertise in specific areas from networking, wealth to resources you want to share, important aspect of networking is you to be able to fill the needs of others. Recently at an event where I noticed that attendee didn’t have a website for his construction business, high recommended that he should have a website that is prospective clients should visit, offered to email him some of my contacts to assist him with that.
When you hand you business cards out you can advise you contacts that “you appreciate referrals and will to offer compensation for completed transactions” this creates a strong signal of confidence your abilities and willing to create a win-win situation.

Monetize

The most important part in creating a strong networking system is the ability to monetize easy and effectively. Knowing your product and the package that specifically is best for you potential client.
Have a follow-up system that create results with every contact you meet will either you yield you a meeting to do presentation or connection for future.
Making follow-up calls within 24hr is imperative in your execution of your complete package. The ability to pick up of the phone and connection is the only way to create a strong connection. Do not rely on only sending email appreciating meeting your connections or just adding them to your LinkedIn connection or to your monthly newsletter, which can be done a later time.
Your goal is to deal with the strong leads in a timely manner. Increase you database is an important part of the networking strategy which needs to be done. Be aware that the warm leads are important because you either made a commitment with them or left a good impression that they want to learn more about your products or services.
Doing the above mention strategies over and over again will get you the results you need to have a growing and profitable business.

Go out there and Get Connected Make Wealth Happen!

Jim S Pagiamtzis J
About Get Connected Make Wealth Happen!Published Author, Speaker and Elite Entrepreneur Jim Pagiamtzis is the founder of Get Connected Make Wealth Happen! has been articles published online by Toronto Public Library Small Biz Express, Centennial College, Happen.ca Linking People and Entrepreneurs,How’s Business blog (Staples Business Depot) and Metro Active.org.  Printed articles for FedEx Freight Canada (Newsletter) Centennial College Ascent Magazine. Has been on That Channel.com speaking on How to become Networking Success.Jim Pagiamtzis in 5 years has successfully leveraged his written articles into speaking all over the GTA from consulting with Burkert Fluid Control, Enterprise Toronto, Career Door, Skills for Change and Trios College. Has delivered keynote for Monarch Park Collegiate spoke on 3 keys task to success and How to attract a Mentor. His dynamic speaking style has empowered and inspired his audience to learn, do and apply his simple and effective Parformance Selling System. Jim has also volunteered with Junior Achievement in Toronto on “Economics of Staying in School”

Is your Social Network Yielding Results?

The world of networking has evolved and many are struggling with how to utilize this amazing tool to generate results – from new clients to financial goals.

There are numerous authors who say they have cracked the code of the social networking domain, which can be looked at in different ways, depending on your target market and other specifics.
There are several ways to create interest that will bring potential customers right to you inbox. From online resources to off-line referrals, marketers refer to these as “attraction devices”.

Content is king

There has to be substance to what you create and share through blogging, tweeting and short messaging.
Connect with your audience first. Then continue the conversation by attending an event, meeting in person or connecting via phone.

Having a viable message the target audience finds interesting is a critical part of your content marketing strategy that gives you credibility.

Paul Tobey, a networking expert, tweets “adding a new name to your list everyday means you are working on your business”.  This is a powerful message that your audience may not realize they need to do.
This may cause someone to re-tweet your message or respond to you directly.
This approach can be used on all your social networks.  Keep track on responses and reaction to this so you can build on what works well and eliminate things that are not effective.
Attraction systems
You may have great content and still find it difficult to  get your potential clients to connect with you.
Overcoming this is all about two things: having a strong call to action and a place – most often your website – where potential customers can easily reach you.
Today email and social media are the most common ways to connect, but this can shift as technology changes. It is important to understand which channels your potential customers prefer and make these available.

A good strategy is to utilize email marketing campaigns to connect and create momentum that will generate interest from event, articles or special promotions.
Many business cards that I have seen recently have links where you can download chapters of their book. Free value that creates interest!

Follow up is important to create result

Now that you got referrals and leads coming in from your attraction system, an important step is to follow up in timely manner. Less than 48hrs is recommended, you don’t want them going to someone else!
Have systems in place, from questions for prospects to a list of the key things you need to communicate to close a sale. Have a paper and pen ready to take notes, whether you are in a meeting or on the phone.
As you grown business relationships, asks your customers for referrals.
Also ask existing customers if on they are enjoying working with you and pleased with your products and services.
This is great information to share in your online efforts or in written materials you may share with future clients.  Always be in motion that fuels your momentum that is acquired to achieve your financial goals you have set-up for the year.

Statistics have shown that it takes at 6 or more time of contact to have you prospect becoming your client. The value you share and how you package your product or service is going to be very important system to have in place that can repeated over and over.
Three steps you do are:

  • 1st Contact ( online or off-line)
  • 2nd Connect  ( meet and qualify)
  • 3rd Close (follow up –follow through)

Write these step outs and keep them on computer or on your phone. The key to success is to be in constant motion and momentum in your journey of success.
Your social network can you yield results as long as you generate the strategic engagement needed to create the momentum that will lead to monetary success.

Get Connected Make Wealth Happen!

www.jimpagiamtzis.blogpspot.com and link below for links
Jim S Pagiamtzis Jr.
416-894-7859
About Get Connected Make Wealth Happen!

Published Author, Speaker and Elite Entrepreneur Jim Pagiamtzis is the founder of Get Connected Make Wealth Happen! has been articles published online by Toronto Public Library Small Biz Express, Centennial College, Happen.ca Linking People and Entrepreneurs,How’s Business blog (Staples Business Depot) and Metro Active.org.  Printed articles for FedEx Freight Canada (Newsletter) Centennial College Ascent Magazine. Has been on That Channel.com speaking on How to become Networking Success.

Jim Pagiamtzis in 5 years has successfully leveraged his written articles into speaking all over the GTA from consulting with Burkert Fluid Control, Enterprise Toronto, Career Door, Skills for Change and Trios College. Has delivered keynote for Monarch Park Collegiate spoke on 3 keys task to success and How to attract a Mentor. His dynamic speaking style has empowered and inspired his audience to learn, do and apply his simple and effective Parformance Selling System. Jim has also volunteered with Junior Achievement in Toronto on “Economics of Staying in School”

 

How do you Market and Promote “YOU”?


Description: Whether you are an entrepreneur or an employee you need to market your skills and abilities.

You can’t market yourself 24 hours-a-day, 7 days week, there are tools that can effectively do it for you. Success is directly related to how you are perceived, which is related to your exposure in the market-place. Better credibility will bring more visibility therefore there must a specific intent of how you use online (internet) & offline (contacts) to promote your talent and experience.

Internet

For the past few years social networking websites have exploded as the new medium to promote you either personally or professionally. LinkedIn & Facebook can both be used in effective ways to promote your skills and abilities and business. A few months ago I received an email from a contact I had met at a networking event stating the features of Facebook and the benefits of being connected with him through stories and testimonials. He made an effective presentation. During the next three months I found school mates, received referrals and information on various events.

Increasing your visibility is recommended by many entrepreneurs and coaches. Research, locate and meet potential people that could assist in your employment search or expanding social circle with various authors, speakers and community leaders.

Blogging

Create your own blog; it’s simple and free. Once you register, you get your own URL, which is like your own website. This can be used to write self-promotional articles about you. Or write a brief article on a hobby or activity you enjoy. This is a powerful and effective way to expose your talents and experiences in various fields.

Business Networking

There are numerous symposiums and seminars held throughout the Greater Toronto Region on a weekly basis. The importance of attending and participating is critical in accessing unadvertised jobs referred to as the “hidden market.”

Businesses know the significance of “Word of Mouth” as the best marketing method, so why not apply it to YOU. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for either a job or more business and tell them what your skills & strengths are.

Having your own business cards and a 30 second elevator pitch are critical to being prepared in talking to potential employers or business clients. While attending an event last year I picked up one business card which resulted in contributing to three online articles. This led to more visibility and to a talk that I was asked to do at an IT Job Fair in Toronto.

Follow-up with new contacts

As you collect business cards, the next step is to create a computer database of contacts you have made. You can use outlook or contact management systems (ACT) to update and maintain information.

Follow-up by sending a letter, email or phone your contacts on a monthly basis. Keep them updated on your search by sending a mini-bio of your achievements and experience. If you do receive a referral, make sure you send a thank you card, email or phone in appreciation.

Action will lead to progress, leading to rewarding results. “Get Connected Wealth  Happen!”

About the Author

Jim Pagiamtzis works with consultants, entrepreneurs and corporate professionals on effective communication. He will teach you how to get to the next level in your business, through prospecting, effective presentation-skills, and customer service. Jim has written articles for Centennial College, Toronto Public Library and Corporate Newsletters.