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Reality Blog: Just Go Play — A Networking Lesson

August 13, 2014

The other day, my youngest daughter was being shy. We were at the park and there were several other girls playing nearby. Including a girl she knew — albeit slightly — from her softball team. Strangely, she didn’t want to go play. Instead, she became even clingier than normal. She glued herself to my side and wouldn’t let go of my hand. “Just go play,” I told her. “I don’t want to,” she said. That surprised me. The other girls seemed to be having…

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Reality Blog: Turn Networking into Paid Projects

Reality Blog: Turn Networking into Paid Projects

January 30, 2019

…t typing away at our computers… But unfortunately, that same tendency can make it difficult to talk ourselves up and advertise our services during face-to-face conversations with potential clients… Of course, there are plenty of extroverted writers, too… but, whichever category you fall into, networking can be intimidating if you haven’t had a lot of practice developing this skill. Here’s what’s helped me go from feeling intimidated at networking

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7 Networking Tips for Introverts

7 Networking Tips for Introverts

November 7, 2016

…have been difficult to establish otherwise. I’m definitely no “schmoozer.” Networking does not come naturally to me. So, how do I do it effectively? I follow these seven simple networking tips. Set a realistic goal. Don’t stress yourself out by thinking you need to connect with everyone in the room. Be realistic. Commit to introducing yourself to, say, three new people. Once you’ve done that, relax. This article is reserved content for B2B Writing…

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How to Use Network Ripples to Build Your Business

How to Use B2B Networking Ripples to Build Your Business

June 7, 2021

…cover how to build and leverage your network on LinkedIn. In this article: Networking explained — throwing stones What connection levels mean and how they apply Who you should connect with and why… beginning to build Leveraging your personal LinkedIn network Let’s start with what a network is… and the theory of the six degrees of separation. This article is reserved content for B2B Writing Success premium members. To continue reading this article…

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Get More Out of Your Post-Conference Networking

Get More Out of Your Post-Conference Networking

September 23, 2015

…but then communication trails off to nothing. I’m guilty of this, are you? Networking at live events is an important part of any freelancer’s life, as it’s critical to building a sustainable business. It’s worth the investment you put into the event, as any relationship you start there may turn into a working partnership, with either another freelancer or new client. Here are 12 key ways you can foster and develop your conference relationships bet…

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5 Easy Steps to Networking Success

February 27, 2014

…re the strengths and weaknesses are in your follow-ups. In Closing … Be a “Networking Commando.” Follow these five steps to make your networking orderly, timely, and consistent. As I touched on before, when you apply these steps in your own efforts, don’t be afraid to make adjustments. That’s GREAT! Make it your own. Just keep these five points in mind as you do so. That way, you will avoid going off track — and instead you’ll reap positive result…

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B2B Writing Success Member Update: Support Systems and Networking

Reality Blog: Effective Networking for Introverts

March 4, 2015

…, to be exact. And while that might not seem like a big deal to some, it’s networking all the same. For those of us who hate networking, it’s almost on par with cold-calling. You see, an extrovert looks at a personal contact list as a resource, and actually enjoys reaching out and starting those conversations. An introvert looks at personal contacts much differently, viewing them more as private, guarded connections. Because of this, mining person…

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Reality Blog: Networking with Friends

Reality Blog: Networking with Friends

December 17, 2014

One of the easiest ways to get started in this business is with your personal contacts. You say, “Hey, Jim, I’m starting this new writing biz. I can do X, Y, and Z to help you get more leads and close more sales.” Jim says, “That’s great. I need a little Y. Let’s talk.” Sounds easy, doesn’t it? You see plenty of writers get off to quick starts that way. But when you’re slaving away, looking for clients, it can be frustrating to see other writers…

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Hidden Principles for Effective B2B Networking

3 Hidden Principles for Effective B2B Networking

May 31, 2021

I learned why I tripped at the brink of success — trying to win a client on Facebook last year. And I’m here to show you how not to make the same mistake I made — how to do better and win your prospect. I had always been hungry for success as a copywriter. Studying my courses. Practicing my writing. Researching. Day and night. In cold, heat, comfortable conditions, and amidst relentless mosquitoes — because I wanted success, so badly… So now that…

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B2B Writing Success Member Update: Support Systems and Networking

B2B Writing Success Member Update: An Interview with Penny Hunt

February 1, 2020

…(NOON) Eastern Time. In this interview, Penny Hunt explains how effective networking can help your business, some tips on how to do so, and why having a support system around you can take your freelance business further. Members have a higher likelihood of getting clients, sticking with their freelancing business, and being successful when they effectively incorporate networking and a support system into their business. Link to playback: This art…

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