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Q: Advice on effectively keeping track of networking contacts?

Posted by bizcoachjason on December 16, 2008

Question:
I know I put a lot of work into keeping tabs and making notes on my contacts.  Can you recommend of a book, computer program or a skill or two that helps keep you organized in this area?

 

Answer: 
This is a very good and important question. What I do is:

1.)  Make notes on their business card

2.)  When I get home, I type those notes into the “Notes” section of the Outlook Contact. I also put down the event or situation where we met. This is an easy one to overlook, but can be VERY helpful later. After meeting hundreds of people over the years while networking, I wish I was doing this from the start.

This also makes searching your contacts for specific events, information, professions, etc. very easy, in turn making referring quality people easy as well as effectively and efficiently helping those that are asking for referrals. 

Note: If you have me in your contacts list, go now and type in “Awesome business coach for networking, marketing and sales for entrepreneurs, small business owners and sales professionals”  😉  Then email me and tell me what to type in for yours!

3.)  When I send a follow up email after the meeting, I try to put something personal in the message about our conversation – what I enjoyed, found interesting, etc. 

This does two things:

First, it reinforces in my mind who they are and what we talked about (and helps me to recall their face as I am doing this).

Second, it also reminds them specifically of who I am, giving a personal touch and helping me to stand out from the other 20 people they met that night.

4.)  After seeing them again at another event, I will go back and type in the details of that encounter.  It makes keeping everyone easier to remember both with a physical record and also in my memory.

Doing these four steps has helped me tremendously with networking, fostering relationships and being able to help others.  I have fairly often gotten, “Wow, what a great memory you have.” Or “I’m impressed that you remember meeting me last year…”

If anyone would like to see more tips on successful networking, please checkout http://tinyurl.com/Networking10Tips and also join us on Facebook at http://groups.to/IdealBusinessCommunity

All the best,
Jason

 

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Social & Networking Event in Chicago – The Holiday Meetup Party!

Posted by bizcoachjason on December 4, 2008

Are you doing enough different kinds of networking? 

Quality and diversity are just as important as quanitity.  And many entrepreneurs, small business owners and sales professionals get bogged down in going to business networking event after business networking event.  Don’t forget to have some fun with it!

One of the best networking communities that I have been a part of over the last few years is called Meetup (www.meetup.com)

I run three business networking Meetup groups* and belong to many others (social, sport, interest, etc.)  I have gotten lots of business from these groups and made outstanding contacts.  I want to share one of my favorite social events of the year, which is also a great networking event. Again, if you are a business networker, go for the party and let the networking happen naturally.  You’ll get to enjoy both a lot more!

** Event Details **

Chicago Meetup Holiday Party

You’re invited to the Chicago Meetup Holiday Party! Enjoy this unique opportunity to attend the biggest Chicago Meetup Party this year!

This evening includes a lavish buffet, dancing, prizes, and more!

Meetups from all over the Chicago area are joining together to plan this one-of-a-kind holiday celebration.

RSVP & buy your ticket here: http://meetupholiday2008.eventbrite.com

John Barleycorn – Wrigleyville
3524 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Party Room on the Second Floor
DJ starts at 7:00pm
Tax, Tip for Buffet, and Ticketing Fees are included.
$3 Coat Check is included.
$1 of the ticket will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
CASH BAR
Advance and Early Bird tickets are subject to a 48 hour cancellation policy. Full refunds are possible up until 48 hours prior to the start of the party.  No refunds will be offered after Dec 17th, 2008, 6pm.

Friday, December 19, 2008
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM: We’ll have the huge upstairs party room to ourselves!
The party continues after 10pm when the party room opens up to the public.

Buffet
-Beef Flautas
-Italian Beef Sandwiches
-Cheese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce
-Boneless Chicken Strips
-Quesadillas
-Deli Tray
-Caesar Salad
-Veggie Tray

Price
Early Bird: $20* (First 100 Tickets, Available until December 5th.)
Advance: $25*.
At Door: $35 (If Space is Available) CASH Only.

RSVP & buy your ticket here: http://meetupholiday2008.eventbrite.com

*48 HOUR CANCELLATION POLICY

RSVP
All RSVPs are being collected through this Event Brite Ticketing Site.

Pay By Check Option

Send checks to:
Jonathan Durston
2565 Wood St.
River Grove, IL
60171

Include the names of you and your guests, your email addresses and the group(s) of which you are members.

You will be added to the RSVP list when the check has been cleared.

If the check is received after the party has been sold out, you will be notified that the party is full and your check will be voided. The 48 hour cancellation policy still applies to checks.

RSVP & buy your ticket here: http://meetupholiday2008.eventbrite.com

Important Notes:
You must be 21 or over to attend!!
There is no elevator access to the 2nd floor.
Dress Code: Nice Casual (Long pants / jeans without rips or holes, sweaters, nice shirts / blouses, no t-shirts).

Check In:
Check in at the bottom of the stairs.
To check in, you will need your ticket from Event Brite and/or a photo ID.
You will receive a wristband at check in.

Food Drive:
We will be collecting cans of food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Bring a can or two of food to help those in need. (This is not required.)  Each person donating 2 cans/boxes of food will be entered into a prize drawing.  No glass containers please!

Directions:
John Barleycorn (Wrigleyville) is located on 3524 N. Clark Street, just south of Addison on the west side of the street.

Public Transportation:
CTA Red Line (Addison stop)
#152 Addison Street Bus
#22 Clark Street Bus

Parking
There are two private parking lots located at 3509 North Clark and 3511 North Clark. Street parking is also available.

Click on this link to view the parking availability map

We hope you can join us on December 19th!

RSVP & buy your ticket here: http://meetupholiday2008.eventbrite.com

All the best,
Jason Rosado
Assistant Party Organizer, Co-Marketing Chair & Master of Ceremonies

* Meetup Groups:
http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoBusinessDevelopmentForum
http://www.meetup.com/BusinessStrategyNetworking
http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoEventPlanners

Jason E. Rosado
Business Coach

Helping self-directed and self-managed professionals achieve your ideal business in 12 months or less.
Want to get started?  Sign up for your FREE “Business Success E-Series”!773.829.1276
Jason@DistinctiveCoaching.com

Website: http://www.AchieveYourIdealBusiness.com
Twitter:
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Facebook: http://profile.to/BizCoachJason

 

 

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