network with others to boost business skills
Monday, November 8, 2010
Posted by: Rhette Baughman
Network with others to boost business skills
By Nicole Ellis
Chronicle Scottsdale Community College
Published: Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 17:11
Networking groups are more important than ever in today's business environment to gain quality referrals.
Crystal Coons of RedSeven Computer Company attends networking groups
through BNI and Meetup.com. Coons said the benefit of a networking group
is the relationships you create with your fellow networkers.
"Getting to know each other and truly understanding the scope of what
they (business networkers) do at the company they represent allows them
to be as passionate about your business as you are, and in turn, you now
have a group of individuals you trust out there passing you qualified
referrals," Coons said.
George Phillips of Paradise Carpet Cleaning has participated in
networking groups across the Valley, including Business Networking
International (BNI), Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), and
local Chamber of Commerce.
Phillips said his favorite part of networking groups is to talk to
other like-minded people who are interested in helping each other out.
"The best way I see to help others is to get to know them, who they
are, what makes them tick, what they like to do," Phillips said.
"Networking is so vitally important to my business and any business,"
Phillips said. "If you see two people talking, don't be afraid to walk
up and network with them."
Coons said the biggest mistake people make when attending events is they are trying to sell to the people in the room.
"Networking is about finding a good fit for your company and product,
not about cold sales," Coons said. "We're there to help each other's
business' grow, not see how many checks we can walk away with."
"People do business with those they know and trust," Michelle Reynolds
of The Arizona Small Business Association said. "It is important to take
time to know the other person before talking about what you do."
"Repeat appearances at networking events help people see you are committed to the group and to your business," Reynolds said.
Networking groups meet all over the Valley. To find a group near you
that fits your needs, visit the following websites: meetup.com,
bniarizona.com, asba.com, scottsdalechamber,com, networkingphoenix.com.