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.

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...