Networking & Tips for your business

GPN: The Gay Professional Network to make meaningful business and social contacts

Networking: with GPN there is no akward moment, you are made at ease as soon as you enter the room, you are amongst friends and perhaps future business collaborators.

 

I went to many "Networking" events, some are cruising group or pick up joint under any other names, with loud music and you cannot speak or even hear what people say. Those events are not professional and will not bring you anything at all. You may as well go to the nearest pub and save yourself the registration fee.

 

GPN is different! I know I am biased but please remember that this network is a not for profit organisation.

 

As you are coming through the door, you will be greeted either by me or Ivan or another helper with a smile, a warm welcome, a badge with your name & what you do (as oppose to title or company name) to facilitate contact with each other and a glass of wine.

 

Our events bring together a group of between of up to 50 people to facilitate and introduce people who need to be introduced, it is not a speed networking where you have to speak with everyone, there is no pressure. You are being introduced by the facilitators to those we think would benefit you or your cause or business.

 

Please be aware that I do not allow people to be on their own and will introduce you to people of interest to YOU, you may choose to be chaperoned by one of the facilitators.

 

You are welcomed, relaxed and at ease in our company.

 

You also have the opportunity to speak and be able to talk briefly about your business.

 

It is very important to me that the meeting takes place in a very relaxed atmosphere, for that I chose different

 

venues who respond to these criteria.

 

We allow YOU to broaden your professional & social relationship and allow you to develop your business.

 

Now come and discover this for yourself!

TIPS for your business

 

10 years ago Gartner research mentioned in their report that Social Media will eclipse the e-commerce revolution, ignoring social media is not an option.

We are all connected through various social and business media, be it Facebook, LinkedIn or some of the 1000's social networks that I am connected to.

 

I read somewhere that we are all connected by 6 degrees of separation. I am convinced now that this is only 3. Someone you know knows someone you need to know. Ask! I know from experience that if I don't know someone I know someone who does.

 

Mean what you say don't say what you mean.

 

Sometimes it best to hold on a little until you find out what your clients or colleagues need. Always mean what you say or say nothing particularly if this is negative.

 

Nobody ever gain from negative thoughts, the only people who benefit from negative equities are bankers.

 

Offer dreams

 

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up

Whatever you do or dream you can do it: begin it!

 

Be Positive & surrounds yourself with positive people: negative people brings you down to their level.

 

 

Be ruthless with mail, email, phone calls & people.

Open the mail and email that you need, bin the rest and unsubscribe from the one you don't need.

Thank people for their time on the phone and tell them to give this offer to someone who would benefit from it.

 

Some business tips

 

  • Never ever lower your prices: negotiate and in the right environment offer a discount.
  • Keep in touch, nurture your clients
  • Use simple words
  • Don't procrastinate, do it now.
  • Throw away all that is not needed
  • Key to success remains built on personal relationships and face to face
  • You get paid for the job you do and rewarded for the value you add.
  • Be bold
  • Be buoyant

 

"Boldness has genius and power and magic in it."

Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, writer and statesman