If you find that Twitter is a useful may to keep in touch with your business associates, then here’s a ideas on how you can make the most of this popular social networking tool:
1. Attend Networking Events
Network with noteworthy business associates, competitors, and peers. You don’t have to simply befriend every person you can that requests you or vice versa on Twitter. Instead, choose your networking buddies carefully. Look for fellow executives or business owners who work within your particular niche. Then, follow their progress, look for advice, and of course, throw in some of your own two cents as well. By befriending people who are in the same line of work as you, you’ll get an insider’s look at how their successes compare to yours.
2. Keep Your Audience Up To Date
Update your audience fairly regularly, but don’t over load them. A lot of people are most likely interested in what you have to say, otherwise they probably wouldn’t have added you to begin with. This means you should be updating them on a fairly regular basis so they can keep up with what’s happening in your world or your business’ world. On the other hand, you don’t want to overload people so much that the feel of your Twitter site feels “spammy” and they turn away. Try to maintain the balance between good updating and overwhelming people with insignificant updates.
3. Use Twitterfeeds
Use Twitterfeed to help people stay updated. Twitterfeed is basically the website’s answer to an RSS feed, and it’s a great way to automatically keep your followers updated without them checking your page too often. It also allows things to be updated on their own, so you don’t have to spend extra time telling everyone you have an updated; it’s all done for you.
4. Tweet at Events
Use Twitter at conferences and trade shows. When you’re out and about networking in the REAL world, don’t forget to use Twitter then as an opportunity to update your customers and peers on what you’re seeing and doing. This shows them that you’re being proactive and it’s a lot of fun as well. You can tell them some funny things you might be seeing at the trade show, or maybe inform them of an interesting vendor you’ve hooked up with. By sharing your experiences as you go along, you’re garnering more interest in what is happening with your business.
5. Keep an eye on what people are saying
Don’t forget that Twitter, like any other virtual conversation, is a two-way street. Pay attention to what other members are saying, and see if they’re Twittering about you. If they are, you might want to use that as an opportunity to either thank them for a nice compliment, or to make good if they are posting a complaint. Remember that you’re never 100% safe from someone who might try to talk negatively about you, your website, or anything else on Twitter. Be sure to use this to your advantage in a diplomatic way.
6. Make Your Twitter Profile Visible
Display your Twitter profile on business cards, your website, and in email signatures. Remind people in other ways that you’re on Twitter. Some clients and customers might not know this until you pass the information along. Get a nice snapshot of your Twitter home page and then display it along with a link to the Twitter page on your actual website. Include the page’s URL in email signatures and you can even print this on a business card if you like.
7. Make Twitter another home hub
Use Twitter to display your business growth, charts, statistics, and other factual data. This way, people who prefer to watch what’s happening with you on Twitter have the same basic information and access as those who usually just visit your website.
Business body language and business networking run parallels as they both occur at the same time. When you are out at networking events and generating leads or contacts, there is a language being spoken that is nonverbal.
Just as if you were visiting another country and had to communicate with different people who spoke another language, it is important to speak and understand the language of the body. This has the obvious benefits of better communication which can lead to a number of favorable things.
Business body language, just like social body language, has its subtleties and can’t be completely depended upon. However, taking note of certain movements and behaviors can help you in your networking experiences.
We all like to be as prepared as we can for important situations. Knowing what certain positions and movements mean gives us superior understanding and is all part of adequate preparation. Below, are a few body language aspects to take note of and use to your advantage;
Sometimes people are not as vocal in expressing their inner feelings as you would like them to be. Raised eyebrows is a sign of interest. If you are engaged in a business networking conversation and explaining something, raised eyebrows indicate that your conversation partner has an interest in what you’re saying. Don’t be fooled by the lack of words.
Partially Facing You
Typically, we usually face the direction of our intentions. In other words, when we are engaged in a conversation and are ready to leave in a rush, our bodies will usually start to face towards the door. If this is happening while you are engaged in a conversation, don’t take it personal, the person may have an appointment to get to. To your advantage, make the conversation brief and set up a time to talk later.
Leaning Forward into You
Just as with the raised eyebrows, people have a way of showing interest without talking. When an individual is interested in something, they will lean towards it. We can be very predictable at times and leaning towards an object or person is a clue to take note of. However, pay attention to all of the surrounding factors.
Not Making Eye Contact
You may even see a minor pattern at this point. Typically, when people are interested in something they will face it, or lean towards it.
Not making eye contact can be compared to not being faced. There may be a lack of interest or even a shyness involved. You will have to make your own assertion in this situation. It will be to your advantage to observe this and take the appropriate action to get the results you want.
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Networking is an essential part of life today online as well as off-line in the real world. Whether you are networking online or off-line you will still need to build rapport with people. Work colleagues, other small business owners, domestic and commercial neighbours, customers, business partners or associates, suppliers and delivery people. In fact, everywhere you turn and see another person, you need to build some sort of rapport with them even if it is just to acknowledge their presence.
It isn't hard to build rapport with people. The starting point is simply acknowledging that they exist, that you see them. It is very rude to ignore people. No-one likes to be ignored. So simply by smiling, nodding or saying a friendly hello, is how one starts to build a relationship with those around us.
If you start by simply saying hello, it doesn't take any time at all to progress to the next stage of o talking about where you both are, or commenting on something that is common to both of you. Starting a conversation is very easy once you remember that the other person could well be as uncertain or shy as yourself
If you employ staff, it does not give you the right to be rude to them and treat them disrespectfully. Building good rapport with your staff is one of the cheapest ways a business owner can protect their business from theft and bad word of mouth advertising. Disgruntled, disloyal staff can harm your business more than most business owners would care to admit.
The next easy step in building rapport with those around you is to simply start a conversation with them. First you say hello and then make a small comment even if it is just about the weather. Perhaps this is why so much attention is paid to the weather. It is a good innocuous way to start a conversation. Keep the comments light and cheery because no one wants to be weighed down with gloom because they made “the” mistake of talking with you. Don't depress people even if you have had the worst day of your life.
Building rapport is all about building a relationship with someone; nothing more and nothing less.
The Concise Oxford dictionary (1964) defines rapport:
n. Communication, Relationship, Connection
So if we follow the steps to building rapport with people, a method of doing so could well be by following the meaning of the word in starting with communication to build a relationship which will form into a connection. In a business environment these connections are what end up translating into a profitable business but most of all it will give yourself and all those around you, a comfortable environment in which to live and thrive.
These relationships make up a significant quality to our lives. With lots of speaking acquaintances with whom we can share our days, people seem to have a better quality and quantity of life. It has now been proven by numerous scientific studies that people who have friends live longer and healthier lives. Rapport builds relationships, relationships develop or not into friendships. Some friendships last us all our lives.
Knowing how Small Business Networking online and off-line can improve your bottom line keeps many small businesses in business today