Sharpen Your Networking Skills

Sharpen your networking skills with this brand new online course!

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You may have seen the links on my website to some short tutorials on networking. And I hope you’ve had a chance to watch the Networking Nuggets™ series on YouTube. But you haven’t seen anything like this new course on networking!

Have you been told that you need to “network” in order to build your business or find a new, better job? Have you been networking with less success than you’d like to achieve?

Are you unsure about the what, where, why and how of networking effectively?

When you take this course you will learn the things you need to know to really make business networking really work for you.

We cover goals, attitude, and tools and talk about what you need to do after a networking event to maximize your return on investment from participating in business networking events.

Is this course for you? It is if you fit one of these descriptions:

  • Networking novices who’d like to become effective networkers
  • Experienced networkers who’d like to have new material to use
  • Marketing people, sales people, small business owners, public relations agents
  • Anyone wondering about the what, why, how and where of networking

Will you get what you need from this course? You will if you’d like to:

  • Watch 7 lectures with 40 minutes of video content and downloadable slides!
  • Learn how to decide whether networking events should be part of your marketing strategy mix
  • Be able to choose which networking events have the highest value for you
  • Participate with maximum effectiveness in networking events
  • Gain the most long-term results from your networking activities

I urge you to Enroll NOW! to take your business networking activities up to the next level!

Want even more information? Watch the Introduction section or visit for more information and a link that will letter you preview the entire course.

Order the new Networking Necessities, Niceties and No-Nos online course NOW! It has a 30-day money-back guarantee so your risk is absolutely zero!

Thank you for reading and please do share this post with your friends who network as part of their marketing strategy mix. They’ll thank you for it!



Reflections on Being an Educator

Food in TaiwanThose of you who have read my many blog posts know that “once upon a time” I traveled the world teaching — and preaching — topics that I was passionate about. I did it because I believed in my causes. And because I made a pretty good living at it. And because I loved visiting new places.

Each one was a new learning experience about people and cultures even as I taught technical, management and marketing subjects. I still do that today, thankfully without nearly as much of the travel, and I still love to see companies grow as a result, at least in part, because of my work with them.

I remember by first trip to Taiwan. The Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology had sent five people to Chicago, where I was doing a public seminar, to see whether or not I could do it for their people in Taipei. These people had traveled half way around the world, with multiple delays, to participate in the day’s events. It was a challenge to keep them awake with their jet lag during the seminar, which was technical in nature, but the after-hours meeting went well and they decided to spend the $10,000 it would take to bring me to their organization. So off to Taiwan I went.

I was met by a driver and an assistant upon arrival after passing through customers with seven carousels of 35mm slides and five boxes containing 50 binders containing 300+ page each. Thankfully I had created paperwork saying that it was all for demonstration purposes and not for import and had affixed my company’s corporate seal over my signature. Very official looking and quite acceptable to the customs people. Phew! Hurdle number one navigated after my travel half way around the world.

I was given a day to recover from jet lag and then joined the top managers of the Institute for a formal dinner in a top restaurant. And I waited a long time to see what the other people would eat before selecting my meal from the large spinning circular central table upon which the food was arrayed. And finally my host told me to please take some food so that everyone could begin to eat. No one, it turns out, would begin until I, the honored guest, approved each dish.

The food was exquisite. I have no idea what was in most of the dishes, but when in Taiwan, go with the flow! And speaking of flow, there was a lot of rice wine flowing, but it was not to be imbibed without a toast to the person on the left prior to raising a glass. To drink without the toast was clearly an insult. Something that was also explained to me after my first two sips.

OK, this is getting long. The point I was going to make when I started this post was that my hosts, who had paid me a lot of money, were treating me like royalty. During the two days of seminar presentation, they took me to a separate private room during breaks for coffee so that I could have a slight break. And they took me outside for lunch so that I was not required to answer questions during a meal break. In short, I truly felt more respected than I had every previously felt.

I asked my hosts about my treatment as they took me back to the airport after the seminar.  Why, I asked, had they treated me so well? And they were surprised at the question. They explained to me that educators, paid or not, were held in the highest esteem and should only be treated as such. And that they were honored that I would come to speak to their staff.

I think about this experience now and then as I teach people about marketing. I know that I gave 110% during my days in Taiwan because to do less would have been to dishonor my hosts. And that I will not do.

As you provide your product or service, I hope you will think of both your customers and your suppliers as honored partners. For they deserve no less than that.

Comments, pro and con, are welcome as always.  Thanks for reading.