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.

  • 3 Networking Activities You Must Both Be and Do for Success
    “I like being a part of something. I like participating and being part of a group.”~Andie MacDowell When it comes to networking, are you a be-er or a do-er? The secret to success? Sometimes you have to be a little bit of both. I guess I should first explain what I mean by be-er and do-er. Not ...
  • 4 Tactics to Deal with an Empty Networking Gas Tank
    “I know that each of us has much to do. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the tasks we face. But if we keep our priorities in order, we can accomplish all that we should. We can endure to the end regardless of temptations, problems, and challenges.”~ Joseph B. Wirthlin Have you ever felt like your networking ...
  • 3 Factors for Networking Success You Won’t Find on Their Website
    “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”~Leo Buscaglia Have you got a good feel for your networking groups? Sometimes you join these groups and they just ...
  • 3 Guidelines to Build Powerful Networking Relationships
    “We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded.”~Neil deGrasse Tyson I’ve got some bad news for you. Networking is work. The other day I was chatting with a good friend of mine, Rick. He is a martial arts instructor.  I asked him to tell me a story about how, ...
  • Competition Kills Networking
    “It’s not really about the competition. Your biggest challenge in a race is yourself. You’re often racing against time. You’re frequently running everything through your mind. You’re always competing against preconceived ideas. It’s not really the person next to you that you worry about.”~Summer Sanders I don’t know if it’s because of the football season that ...
  • Excerpt: The Timeline of a One-to-One: After
    Work continues apace on my next book Beyond Hello and a Handshake. We are looking at possibly second quarter next year for a release (assuming I can stay on track). In the meantime, please enjoy this early draft excerpt from Chapter 2. —————————————— “Trust is the most important part of a relationship, closely followed by communication. I think ...
  • Good News: Half-way There
    “Learning lessons is a little like reaching maturity. You’re not suddenly more happy, wealthy, or powerful, but you understand the world around you better, and you’re at peace with yourself. Learning life’s lessons is not about making your life perfect, but about seeing life as it was meant to be.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross At first I wasn’t ...
  • Good News: The Nine-Month Favor
    “The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation; friendship is not always about giving and taking in equal shares. Instead, friendship is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no matter what or when.” ~ Simon Sinek I’m still receiving stories about people ...
  • Guest Post: I Don’t Know How to Find Referrals for my Friends
    As good referral partners in order to continue to receive the top quality referrals that we expect, we also have to feed our partners with referral nourishment to keep the referral circle complete. Breaking that link means that if you’re not being a supplier you cannot expect to continue to be a receiver. The big question ...
  • Good News: Friends Indeed
    “Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” ~Misty Copeland When the world starts to look like a dark and horrible place, take a moment to find the good that people are doing all around us. I reached out to the subscribers to ...
  • Guest Post: Find Your Networking Sweet Spot
    Awhile back in You Should Network Offline More, I discussed the benefits of networking more often. Then just recently in Don’t NetWORK Too Hard, I mentioned there should be a cap to networking because you can overdo it and cause more harm than good. As a result of those articles I received an email so ...
  • Guest Post: What Do I Do With All Those Cards?
    Many times I get asked by networkers of all levels of experience, “How do you keep track of all the business cards you get?” I will share how I do that, but this is a warning before you read – my method does NOT make for a tidy desk! Before we get to the part about ...
  • 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 ...