Thursday, June 5, 2008

Reputation, Friends and Generosity

Nancy Williams of Tiger Two presented a seminar on 'Online Reputation Management' before the NRG business networking lunch in London Charing Cross last week. She presented 13 top tips and I picked out 3 as being equally applicable to networking 'offline'.

1. Check out your reputation - Nancy shared how you can easily check your online reputation. In fact her blog has detailed instructions on creating an online reputation management dashboard.

Why not ask some of your customers and networking contacts for their thoughts on your reputation? Ask them particularly to focus on what it is they think you do and who for. That way you know where you need to concentrate your message.

2. Make friends - Nancy spoke about being strategic about social networking sites and choosing your friends carefully. Those with similar interests in the same field as you.

It is the same in networking. Are you networking in those groups and places where you can build business relationships with other professionals operating in similar markets and fields to you?

3. Be generous - Nancy suggested that you give before you receive.

Exactly the mindset for successful networking. Are you connecting others, providing useful information and giving referrals first?

Good Networking!
Dave Clarke
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