Yesterday I attended an all day planning session with my coach and his other clients. He gets all his clients together regularly through the year to listen to motivational speakers and learn more about developing their businesses.
Yesterday was an all day session designed to help us plan our year and then break it up into 90 day chunks so we have smaller bite-sized goals to achieve. I always enjoy days like this because it gives me ‘permission’ to take my mind off my own clients and concentrate on my business and what I want to do with it.
In these sessions we sit at round tables, with 4-5 people per table, so throughout the day we discuss ideas, share on challenges, make suggestions to each other and so on. In the process we get to know what each other does, and more importantly, what the needs are for each business. This is always a great by-product for me because invariably I come away with prospective new clients and yesterday was no different. Both of the clients I’ll be working with need help with their website listings, links, and their internet marketing. Naturally I had business cards with me – they travel everywhere!
I want to encourage you to remember that wherever people congregate, there is an opportunity for you to network and talk about what you can do to assist another business person. Not through blatant ‘advertising’ but simply by sharing how you handled a situation, solved a problem and showing your knowledge in different areas. People soon pick up on this and start asking direct questions. KMT