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Category: REPAIR

7 Proven Techniques to Improve Your Networking Ability

For most business professionals, networking is hard work. You hustle to meet as many thought leaders as possible in the shortest amount of time, make small talk, and rate your success according to the stack of business cards you’ve collected.

Instead of attending all those awkward coffee dates and boring meet-and-greets, you could be using strategic techniques that improve the number, variety, and substance of the connections you make.

Here are seven useful techniques to try:

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How to Stage a Comeback: 4 Useful Tips From the CMO of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks

Want to stage a comeback for your business? Take a page out of the Atlanta Hawks playbook. While sports teams often have brand crises, rarely do they rebound as quickly and as effectively as the Atlanta Hawks did after the summer of 2014.

That’s when the Hawks were at the center of a controversy over racially insensitive emails written by their former general manager, Danny Ferry. The backlash from NBA players, the media and the general public, was intense.

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Saying Sorry Doesn’t Have to Be That Difficult, Here’s How

Love may mean never having to say you’re sorry, but business doesn’t work that way. Sooner or later, every organization needs to apologize. Unfortunately, most are still using old school crisis communications techniques that don’t fly in the era of the mobile news cycle. Consumers are too smart, too connected and too reactive to be pacified by outdated control and command strategies.

Whether you are a corporate giant or a small entrepreneurial company, taking your lumps is part of the healing process. Not doing so could trigger a downward spiral for your brand.

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How to Become Someone Others Admire

Smart thinking. Quick thinking. Big picture thinking. As an entrepreneur, you’re always thinking, but it takes more than that to be a thought leader. It’s not enough to be perceptive, or a good communicator, or good at what you do. In an age where thousands of people are vying for attention on social media, an emerging thought leader needs to strategically and skillfully leverage their expertise.

One well-established thought leader of note is Rohit Bhargava Founder and CEO of the Influential Marketing Group. Bhargava sends out a weekly email focusing on the less obvious trends in marketing and communications. By simply noticing things others have missed, he positions himself as someone to follow, read and admire. How can you aspire to this kind of clout? Read on for some useful strategies for achieving admiration in your industry.

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