The Reluctant Networker Blog by Greg Peters

We all know that networking — or word-of-mouth — is one of the best ways to grow a business. But what if you don’t know where to start? What if you don’t know what to say? What if the other kids laugh at you? We can help.

  • Guest Post: Don’t Let it Die on the Vine I organized a lunch this summer for 8 or 9 people that needed to meet each other. They all have similar targets that they were trying to meet, so I figured why not help them to help themselves. The lunch was low key, no official presentation, just getting to know each other. I sent an ...
  • Guest Post: What do Swimming Pools and Networking Have in Common Remember when you were 5 years old? What did you like to do most in the summers? If you were anything like me, it was all about the swimming pool! You could hardly get me out of it. My fingers looked like wrinkly raisins and I was completely water logged by the end of the ...
  • Guest Post: Three Top Holiday Networking Tips It’s no secret; the holiday season is quickly approaching. With everyone often looking forward to a break from all the hard work, it’s extremely easy to miss out on one of the best networking opportunities of the year. Between meeting with family you only see once a year, to gathering with friends, someone is bound ...
  • Guest Post: Business Cards, What To Do, When? Because Jason’s article last week was about business cards, I thought I would also write about the topic from a slightly different angle.  I want to share how a business card can be a logistical tool for you. You’re at a networking event, perhaps a chamber lunch and you have met someone new. This person is ...
  • Guest Post: Stack of Dusty Business Cards Last month I had the rare free evening where I could attend a networking meeting after hours. Since I don’t get out much in the evenings, I was excited to see that there were many new faces in the room, meaning a ton of new relationship opportunities. As I walked into the room I connected ...
  • Guest Post: Top 10 Things to Consider Before Posting With all the noise that exists in the social space these days, your content will easily get lost if it isn’t the highest quality. Some people have even made it a point to create 10x content to stand out. Regardless of where you are posting, you should always ask yourself the following before putting your ...
  • Guest Post: Shame, It’s Really Not That Bad! So many people are afraid to forge ahead and create a solid working referral relationship because they might not be able to honor the commitments they have made. Instead they continue to wander around out there in meeting people, but not taking the connections to higher levels. In this comfort zone, they don’t have to ...
  • Guest Post: The Retro Candy Store This past summer my kids discovered this really cool, retro candy store that opened in the plaza down the street from us. Every other day they would walk down the street with their friends and discover one of the unique candies that many of us grew up with. Candy Buttons, Pez, Wax Bottles and Double ...
  • 7 Ways to Prevent Your Network from Ripping You Off “When you’re in the position I’m in, you have two options: you can either shut yourself off from everybody, from the world, and not live a full life. Or you welcome everybody into your life and occasionally somebody will try to take advantage.” ~ Daniel Radcliffe On more than one occasion in my presentations, I’ve had people ...
  • Excerpt: The Timeline of a One-to-One: During Welcome to another in the series of sneak peaks of early draft material from my upcoming book, Beyond Hello and a Handshake. Don’t tell anyone you are getting early access. It will just make them jealous. ———————————- “Choose to focus your time, energy and conversation around people who inspire you, support you and help you to grow you ...
  • Guest Post: Don’t Worry, It’s Just Your Online Reputation Years ago, Warren Buffet told us, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” While that concept still holds true to this day, the explosion of the internet, information, and awareness has changed things, and now I think we can ...
  • 7 Ways to Become a Networking Weightlifter “If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.” ~ Tom Stoppard Look around at the people that surround you throughout the day. Imagine them as children. Imagine their laughter, their play, their boisterous energy. Do they still radiate that all-consuming joy? Are they aspiring to great things in their life? Are they excited to ...
  • Guest Post: 5 Reasons to Have a Target Market This past week I had the opportunity to sit down with a young business man who was fairly new to the networking world. He was loving his experience in the groups that he belonged to, but knew that there were likely some things that he could improve to make it a more profitable experience for ...
  • Excerpt: The Timeline of a One-to-One: Before Welcome to the another in the weekly series of sneak peaks into my upcoming book Beyond Hello and a Handshake. ————————————— “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell Bob seems like a cool guy. You met him at the last business after-hours put on by the Chamber of Commerce in your town. You got to ...
  • Guest Post: Are Networking Events Seasonal? I was recently talking with a good friend of mine (to protect the innocent let’s call him Bob) and we stumbled across an interesting topic. Initially we talked about life and all the normal things, but as always, we ended up talking about business and how things had been going. One thing lead to another ...
  • 5 Approaches to Networking Your Own Way “Trust your own instincts, go inside, follow your heart. Right from the start. go ahead and stand up for what you believe in. As I’ve learned, that’s the path to happiness.” ~ Lesley Ann Warren Last night we had a family backyard campfire evening. We threw wood in the firepit I built out back, lit it up, ...
  • Excerpt: 7 Qualities of Good One-to-One Venues Here’s another in the early sneak-peek series of material featured in my upcoming book Beyond Hello and a Handshake. ———————————- “I’m easy. Put me in an interesting location with good people and I’m there.” ~ Jane Curtin Imagine, if you will, that you are sitting down for your first coffee with a new networking connection. You met at a ...
  • Guest Post: When to Stop Networking Is there ever a time to NOT network? Since I’m the “networking guru” you would think that you could predict my answer before anyone else can beat you to it. My answer might surprise you though, because in my book, the answer is yes, there is a time to not network! I recently returned from a ...
  • 5 Reasons to Network with Your Association “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” ~ Steve Jobs I just returned from the Annual Convention for the National Speakers Association. Imagine being at a convention of your colleagues in your industry. You’re there for four days. You attend panels that give you a few good ideas, ...
  • Guest Post: 3 Networking Skills for Your Kids It’s January and we have all probably set some sort of goals for this coming twelve months. One that you might not have thought of is to equip your children for the networking world. They will face these situations more and more as they get older. Below are 3 items that will help them to ...