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.

  • 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 ...
  • 9 Rewards from Being on the Board “Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.” ~ Pythagoras “Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present your 2018/2019 President and Board of Directors for the Michigan Chapter of the National Speakers Association” With those words I complete my four year odyssey as a member ...
  • 7 Rewards of Great Networking “We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.” ~ Earl Nightingale Listen to me. Seriously. Please. Networking. Is. Not. Sales. In the past few days I’ve had people tell me they want to know how to make sales at the networking event. ...
  • 3 Areas for Connection Beyond Google “Everyone has a purpose in life and a unique talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.” ~ Kallam Anji Reddy What is something people don’t know about you that they ...
  • 7 Ideas for Fun Summer Networking “Aaah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends.” ~ Darell Hammond Sunshine, blue sky, warm temperatures, swimming pools, picnics, summer camp, ice cream, backyard barbecue, ...
  • Who Do You Call When You Are Lost? “There’s nothing scarier than just having a moment where you looked away and lost your child.” ~ Rosemarie DeWitt “Where’s your sister?” When you ask that question at home, it’s nothing out of the ordinary and nothing to be concerned about. When you ask that same question at Disney World a mere hour after arriving, you can bet ...
  • Guest Post: You Should Network More Offline If you know anything about my background or the wonderful work we do at Interactive Design Solutions, the title of this article probably strikes you as a bit odd. In fact, if you would have asked me just a few short years ago how important face to face networking is compared to online networking, I ...
  • 5 Actions to Take Charge of Your Networking “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” ~ Jim Rohn “Daddy, I want someone to play with.” We’re at the “Top of the Park” summer music festival here in Ann Arbor. Elizabeth and I are relaxing and listening ...
  • Two Groups You Should Contact for Strategic Networking Have you ever wondered as you sat in front of your computer, “who should I call next?” I have a couple ideas that might prove helpful. Existing Contacts Think about the ART of Networking (or VCP for Certified Networker grads) and remember back to class when we talked about paying attention to those most developed relationships in ...
  • Ask These Questions Before You Pick Up Your Phone When Networking “Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.” ~Steven ...
  • 5 Ideas to Break Networking Isolation “Solitude, isolation, are painful things and beyond human endurance.” ~ Jules Verne Looking out over the lake, I enjoy the sweet serenity of being alone with nature. I sit on the porch of the cabin we rent each year for our family Memorial Day gathering. Just me and the birds and the water. Ironically, the cabin is actually ...
  • Are You Worth More Than a Low-Level Referral? In our Referral Pursuit class we talk about the types of referrals that you will accept in relation to how you value yourself. In theory we all want that personal introduction, but what really happens when we get the “they are expecting your phone call” referral? I had this happen recently. I received a BNI referral ...
  • 3 Actions to Make You Memorable You’re at a chamber lunch event and there are many others in the room offering services similar to yours.  What can you do to be memorable besides streaking through the room?  (Not probably such a good idea!)  Here are three ideas. Have a name tag that is different than the norm and also has the letters ...
  • How Can You Stand Out? This past week I heard award-winning author, John U. Bacon speak at a program about diversity and inclusion and I have been thinking about that topic ever since.  In my opinion his description of diversity was the best.  He said “Diversity is just different.”  Perfect. What ways does diversity enter our lives every day? Most of ...
  • Ask These 5 Questions to Protect Your Good Name “There is no advertisement as powerful as a positive reputation traveling fast.” ~ Brian Koslow “That’s where they wanted to bury George Washington.” That was Rikki Miller, our tour guide and staff person for Debbie Dingell, our Congressional Representative. In preparing for a family trip to Washington, D.C., my wife had contacted their office to ask about a ...
  • 5 Reasons to Throw Out Your Pitch “The reason I quit being a sales manager over twenty years now is because I hate elevator pitches. I want to write stories and show people what’s in them when they read them, not tell them all about it ahead of time.” ~ Kurt Busiek Great networkers don’t have competition. They have colleagues. For that reason, I ...