Unlocking LinkedIn Business Networking with Angus Grady

What an great networking meeting this morning; yet more evidence that local business networking is alive and thriving in High Wycombe, particularly with groups such as Chiltern Business Connections where business development is an essential part of the group’s membership ethos.

The group had indicated to current Chairs, Jay Blake and Karen Pawlowska of TakeOneTV that they felt they weren’t getting the most out of LinkedIn these days, and that indeed there were a number of new facilities within the platform that they weren’t sure about how to use, or whether they should use them at all.

The questions they asked included:

Should we invest in the paid for service?
How many times should we update our Profile?
What’s the best way of developing a useful connection?

To help answer the above questions and many more, the group invited LinkedIn expert Angus Grady along to share some of his knowledge with members and guests from the Buckinghamshire area. Angus gave some great pointers applicable to everyone, including a key considerations regarding LinkedIn Profiles:

1. Profile is about who you serve not what you have done, think underwear, change often…and always go for first person, it is personal
2. Think Key words – research what people are looking for and see if you have included those key words in your word cloud and content
3. Carry out a Gap Analysis – what colour sweets do you have by region, if you’re looking for blue sweets then why chase after the red sweets?
4. Add media that is current – including audio clips which are now growing in popularity with over 200 million voice clips being swapped via Whats App every day!
5. Amplify your value and stop broadcasting your achievements – the ethos and culture of what you do is a key attractor

Angus also shared with us the value of downloading your connections from LinkedIn via bit.ly/LImydata – something many of us didn’t know we could do and a great way of keeping track of where you are in engagement with contacts.

A lot of this isn’t rocket science. As a business networking group, most CBC members will already appreciate the value of asking open questions, of sharing knowledge and engaging with people face to face – and it was interesting that although the digital world is increasingly important for business growth, Angus also felt that ultimately once we’ve made contact on line we do want to speak too or meet with people to develop a greater understanding of who they are and how they benefit their clients, building trust and empathy – the oxygen of good networking! Face to face communication runs hand in hand with digital communication.

If you’d like to come along to a CBC networking meeting to build relationships with local businesses, develop trust and grow your business with like-minded people, get in touch or sign up via the website as a guest, we’d be delighted to see you. We are particularly keen to meet general solicitors, employment and litigation legal experts, HR consultants and business growth advisers – if that’s you, come and see us!

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Employee Engagement

In our spotlight session this morning, Helen Pethybridge shed some light on the whole topic of Employee Engagement – what is the current situation across UK businesses; the opportunities and benefits for our people and for business results when engagement is increased; as well as some tips about where to start if you think your team would benefit from having increased engagement in the business.

Helen finished by offering a free Employee Engagement Survey and report, so that referred businesses can better understand their starting point. The full presentation is attached here so you can learn more on this topic, and do contact Helen at ActionCOACH for further information.

Keeping secure

Luke Hatt made a great presentation on the kinds of security measures his firm can provide.
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Reasons to Join Our CBC Networking Group High Wycombe Bucks

Hi I’m Genovieve Feasey Local Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist, here are reasons to Join Our CBC Networking Group. The good things about CBC networking, is that people are generally there for a similar reason.

Chiltern Business Connections High Wycombe.

Chiltern Business Connections High WycombeCBC Phillip and GenovieveOn the afternoon/ evening of the 28th May 2015 a large group of us attend a business-social trip addressing theory of  ‘Business Models’ we attend an exhibition by the Famous and Prestigious Company Patek Philippe, Geneva’s oldest independent family-owned watch manufacturer .  Networking is perhaps one of the most misinterpreted and underrated skills. Some people think it’s just about intermingling and some people consider it’s about getting a chance to get in front of someone they can sell to. We at CBC take Business and Pleasure seriously it’s ‘All about Balance in Life’. Key advice from Genovieve Feasey: “ when I do my Networking and Socialising primarily I remember it’s not about doing business… forget about trying to influence… in its place I discover ways to be of value, discover ways to be a friend and demonstrate how I can be of use to my group. So be ‘in it’ for the right reasons; just ensure these few things are your intention and you will be ahead of the opposition” …so with this in mind, check out below my list of advantages of Networking with CBC: You make new contacts – both one-on-one and as a team You may learn new things very quickly and without research You may find support to take your projects forward You can be empowered and re-energised You get to meet a group of likeminded individuals It will help you focus on what you are looking to achieve You may find Collaborators or Partners – both financially and emotionally for what you are looking to achieve! Done the correct way networking is probably the most central and lucrative skill you can learn. And it doesn’t matter if you do it for the purpose of doing business, getting a job, improve your social / presentation skills, confidence in people skills. It’s simply one of the most effective ways to get what you want.  Why?  Because people like to buy from and do business with people they like, know and trust. Today your networking is more important than ever and the bigger your network grows the more your NET WORTH will grow.

www.bbf.uk.com/news-hub/events/view/member-to-member-workshop-r-d-tax-credits-how-to-invest-in-your-ideas-hosted-by-simon-eggleton-from-jumpstart

To drive business growth and meet the expectations of increasingly demanding customers, companies must take risks, experiment and innovate or face inevitable stagnation in a competitive industry. In other words, it must carry out research and development.

Generous R&D tax incentives are available to encourage businesses to innovate by reducing their Corporation Tax liability.  However, over £1 billion of R&D tax credits goes unclaimed every year in the UK.

To help companies gain a better understanding of the support available, I am hosting a workshop on 18th March 2015 on claiming R&D tax credits. The purpose of this workshop is to give clarity to the types of projects and activities that may be eligible (including real case studies) and to demystify the apparent complexity of the entire process. Attendees will be better placed to assess the likelihood of their company being able to claim R&D tax relief and understand how to get expert help to progress to the next step.

For more information and to register, please follow the link below…

www.bbf.uk.com/news-hub/events/view/member-to-member-workshop-r-d-tax-credits-how-to-invest-in-your-ideas-hosted-by-simon-eggleton-from-jumpstart

Simon Eggleton

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Try before you buy! High Wycombe Networking

Networking High Wycombe Guest Day

That’s right… you’re invited!

Tuesday 11 November, 2014 – 7:15am – 9:00am

  • Network with some of the best business owners in South Bucks.
  • Join discussion groups.
  • Introduce your skills and services to other business owners.
  • Experience two top presentations

Six Essential for Better Cashflow: cash is king for the self-employed and SMEs – learn how to make it flow your way!

How to build a Smarter Business: an insight into smart, simple strategies to leverage your business opportunities.

  • Enjoy a full English breakfast – what a way to start your day.

Breakfast networking doesn’t get much better than this – and it’s FREE!

Reservations essential. Book your place using the contact form on the website. Or call Martin on 07785 923525

WIN valuable prizes! Bring some cash and you could be in line for some valuable business prizes in our BIG CHARITY RAFFLE. All proceeds to our chosen charity Wycombe Youth Action.

CBC enthused by Brad Sugars – ActionCOACH

Thanks to the organisation skills of Martin Shimmen (ActionCOACH) and a little assistance from Chairman, Paul Wakefield (BLR Financial) the CBC Networking team embarked on a London trip last week to see Brad Sugars, the founder of ActionCOACH, the business coaching franchise.

The guy was electric and CBC members were quick to point out that 3 hours bolt upright on a church-pew had never been so tolerable.

We started the evening with a coach journey from High Wycombe Holiday Inn to Pizza Express around the corner from the Emmanuel Centre where Brad and his team where preparing.

The pizza’s piled up (though Paul Cartwright – Halo windows, opted for a salad!?) beers and wine flowed and everyone enjoyed themselves. Especially when Genovieve Feasey (The Choice To Change) elaborated on her new tea exporting venture!

CBC networking group do Pizza Express for 14

Then we hit the venue for our enlightening seminar from Brad. ‘Buying Customers‘ was the title of his presentation and a lot of ideas, strategies and handy tips were scribbled frantically by Nick Knapp (NK Financial Management) and Martin Wyvill (Springwater Print Solutions) to name a few!

A thoroughly entertaining evening in my books although a little costly for the back-hander that I had to give Brad for emphasising the essential requirement for…

“Websites, Websites, Websites!

Christmas is on us!

We wanted to give you another great reason to join our friendly, productive and rewarding business networking group.

So we decided that if you come along as a guest before December and decide to join up, which we are sure you will! You just need to pay your joining fee which is currently £120 and you will qualify for your FREE delicious Christmas Dinner at our Christmas Party on Tuesday 17th December.

Christmas on us!

 

Speed Networking Breakfast 12th March

Chiltern Business Connections are having a SPEED NETWORKING BREAKFAST and you’re invited.