building relationships

At this time of year our thoughts drift to Thanksgiving and the people and the things in our lives that we're thankful for.

At least that's how it is supposed to go, but sometimes, when times are tough or extra busy it can be hard to remember that even if there are challenges, we have many things to be grateful for. Expressing gratitude one of the surest ways to not only feel more encouraged, but it also helps in attracting more positive things and people into our lives.

When was the last time someone connected with you?  No, not to solicit business or one of those so-called "follow up" calls after a networking event that ends up being a meaningless call or vague pitch of their services.

Do you find networking difficult or stressful? If so, you're not alone. If the truth be told many business owners tolerate or dislike networking because they find it challenging or just fed up with minimal results - even many of those who seem naturally good at it.

And there's a reason for that - if you consider how most people approach networking, it's not surprising they find it less than fulfilling.

Do you believe in the summer lull?  How about Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy?  They're all myths.  Read on to discover why summer is the perfect time to move ahead of your competition.

Most people believe that "everybody" is out of town during the summer.  And so they think they're excused from putting any effort into marketing.  Let them.

If you're looking to grow you business faster, start by looking for opportunities to build referral partner relationships. I consider this "networking on steroids". After all, wouldn't you love it if you started to get referrals coming your way... every week!