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10 Networking Tips for When You Work Remotely

Networking Tips While Working Remotely

When working remotely, it can be difficult to network and build up career skills when there is less opportunity to participate in large, in-person conferences and training. To combat this disadvantage, we have compiled our best networking tips to help you connect with your peers, former colleagues, and discover new opportunities. Here are our top 10 networking tips to make the most of your time working remotely. Refresh your “elevator pitch” to reflect your current work role and accomplishments. You want to effectively answer, “So, what have you been up to?” Refer to our previous post on this subject "5...

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Top 10 Gifts for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Top 10 Gifts for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Whether you're traveling this holiday season or celebrating at home, we've picked out our top 10 best gifts for entrepreneurs that can help to support their business, spirit, and soul! The first 5 items on the list would make great gifts to give to the entrepreneur in your life. The last 5 items are great tools to pick up for yourself if you are a business owner. The holiday season is the perfect time to catch up on some good reading and to gift books and other treasures that will be appreciated by the small business owners and entrepreneurs (or...

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How to Network for Business While Having a Mojito (or other choice beverage)

5 Ways to Network at a Party While Still Having Fun

Many of you (and we!) like to enjoy casual parties or events. We think business networking events present great opportunities to engage in some good network building, market intelligence gathering, or sales prospecting. So, why not expand your networking to casual parties and get-togethers? I know, I know, you must be saying “Are you kidding me? My goal is to have fun, not network at a party!” We get it. But, at the same time, every entrepreneur and small-business owner, whether you are an extrovert or an introvert at heart, should be ready to have a casual, yet meaningful conversation if...

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How to Create an Advisory Board for Your Business

I got a question from someone the other day who just launched her business. She was interested in knowing how to get feedback from trusted sources on her initiatives. It's a good question. In addition to using the standard consumer research techniques, my advice was this: create an advisory board. I am not talking about how to create a board of directors. That has financial and governance responsibilities. Rather, we're talking about how to create an advisory board. An advisory board is a group of individuals that can give you good advice, coaching and connections...for free...on topics where you need help. I...

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Why We Love Johnny Cupcakes

We are always excited to see what we can learn from other entrepreneurs and owner-led businesses. Where did their inspiration come from? What makes them special? We would like share with you some of our favorite examples we've gathered over the years in a dedicated series of posts. In addition, we would also love to have you share with us brands you see as great companies and why. Our hope is that each of us can take away valuable "nuggets" that we can then apply in our own way. We couldn't think of a better example to start this series than...

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What a Great-Grandmother Reminded Me About Sales

Recently, on holiday to Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, I was reminded by a great-grandmother of one of the keys to being a successful salesperson. She said, "give your customer your best advice." Sounds simple, right? But first, let me tell you how I came to meet this wonderful great-grandmother. Touring around Tenerife, we visited the village of Vilaflor, as recommended by the guide we received at the airport. It is a beautiful place, known for the "roseta," a special type of embroidery. Walking around the tiny village, a storefront caught my eye and I went inside. There I met the...

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Channel Sales Strategies | 4 Tips to Boost Your Sales

Channel sales strategies: 4 Tips to Boost Your Sales

Maintaining strong relationships with your customers, prospects, and partners is key to help your business stay top of mind against your competitors. In this article, we will take a look at a number of channel sales strategies, plus four tips to help you boost your sales, at any time of the year. One of my favorite inspirational ideas comes from world-renowned poet and writer, Maya Angelou. She said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." In our crazy busy world, it is easy...

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5 Tips for Creating and Managing Joint Marketing Partnerships

Are you interested in OPM–other people’s money? I am! So what exactly does that mean? No, I am not talking about doing something that is illegal. Ha! It is actually a phrase coined in one of my past marketing roles. For our team, it was shorthand for securing funds from prospective partners for marketing activities. This was very serious business; it meant the difference between running a sustained, strategic campaign and dabbling in short bursts of tactical messaging. I get asked frequently about getting sponsorships or creating jointly funded and mutually beneficial marketing activities. While the goal for each type...

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What Goes Into a Successful Marketing Plan?

What does it take to create and implement a successful marketing plan? We always say that everyone is in “marketing.” That everyone is in “sales.” Why? Because no matter what role you have in your organization (an entrepreneur, a manager, or a subject matter expert), you need to be able to identify trends, to figure out how to create and sustain value for your customers and partners (whether external or internal), and to develop effective ways to get that message across. That's the perspective we’ve thought about as we assembled the content for The Marketing Plan Blueprint course: to walk...

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How to Get Help With Your Marketing Plan

Going through a structured planning process and then writing and sharing your marketing plan will go a long way towards addressing many of the issues you struggle with to grow your brand. Are you struggling with getting funding from potential investors? Are you struggling with getting your employees engaged to support your goals? Are you struggling with positioning your brand so it can compete effectively to win more business? One way to sort this out is by thinking from the outside in and not from the inside out. Try saying that five times fast! What we mean is that understanding the...

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