I’m asked to look at CVs, help with interview preparation, give general advice, and refer recruitment consultants. I am used…Continue
Added by james nathan on February 18, 2013 at 5:56am — No Comments
With ‘silly season’ almost upon us, many are thinking of the wasted working weeks coming up, where their clients aren’t around to speak with, or are too busy being entertained and entertaining to think about new business.
I must say I have to differ.
What a great opportunity…Continue
Added by james nathan on November 20, 2012 at 6:42am — No Comments
We all want to grow our businesses. We all want to bring on and work with new clients. And, we don’t want just any clients, we want the right kind of clients. Ones who fit our businesses, who share our values, ones who value our service, ones who pay our bills!
Many of us spend large amounts of our time networking. We…Continue
Added by james nathan on October 24, 2012 at 11:40am — No Comments
If you mean, calling completely cold and hoping to sell your services there and then, well, yes it is.
If you think of cold calling as a business development tool to introduce yourself and…Continue
For many of us the day-to-day routine of early mornings, making lunches, school drop offs, and rushing to get to work on time has returned. In the haze that is normal life, it is so easy to forget the good things that the summer brought.…Continue
Added by james nathan on September 6, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments
Listening is a very developable skill. Listening is far harder than speaking. Really listening takes effort and skill. Really listening means ignoring the urge to speak and to leave questions waiting. It is a kind of magic.
Being able to actively listen can…Continue
Added by james nathan on August 7, 2012 at 6:07am — No Comments
If you’ve been on any of my workshops you will know that I often quote from my two favourites: Tom Peters and Seth Godin.
Added by james nathan on August 6, 2012 at 12:04pm — No Comments
Networking is a word that means many things to many people. At one end of the scale its a nerve racking experience that you make yourself do, for others its an opportunity and a fun way to meet new potential contacts and business partners.
The truth is that most of us go out to network in one way or…Continue
Added by james nathan on July 30, 2012 at 8:46am — No Comments
Today I visited the dentist. I’d broken a filling and needed to have it replaced. I don’t like going to the dentist, I have no logical reason for this or any phobia, but I just…Continue
Does the following sound familiar to you?
“I met this great person at an event last night, we got on really well, and they are about to instruct an advisor to do what we do, but the opportunity just didn’t come up to ask the question”.
What a wasted…Continue
Added by james nathan on June 29, 2012 at 8:18am — No Comments
Of course, many of these book sell in the millions, so they must connect with many people. Just not with me. And, why is that? Is it that I haven’t got the message? Or…Continue
Added by james nathan on June 7, 2012 at 12:25pm — No Comments
So why is it then that we so often hide that real us to project the ‘me’ we think we need to be?
When it comes to business and…Continue
Added by james nathan on June 6, 2012 at 4:41am — No Comments
What goes on behind the scenes at recruitment businesses seems to be a hot topic on the blogs at the moment. All sorts of things are being quoted about the…Continue
Building relationships takes time and effort. A lot of time and a lot of effort. It is not something that can be rushed. This is because it takes time to…Continue
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In our house, listening is the number one point of contention currently. It seems that our 5 year old son is able to turn his hearing on and off like a switch. I know that it’s just his age but it is infuriating the number of times one kid can be asked to do something before he actually acknowledges it. Ask him, however, if…Continue
Added by james nathan on April 20, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments
You know the situation. You get up at ‘silly o’clock’, get dressed and leave the house. You get to the train station, and stand on the platform with all the other grey faced, tired and weary commuters. You board the train, talk to the same old faces, arrive at your destination, get on the underground, get off again, walk to the…Continue
I really wish I had given it a name, the act of calling a client with the express intention of enhancing your business relationship. The simple act of picking up a phone, and giving someone a call, for no other purpose than to improve your relationship.
I’ve been doing it all my working life, but didn’t name…Continue
Added by james nathan on April 10, 2012 at 10:31am — No Comments
I’ve talked a lot recently about the benefits of blogging as a part of a social media portfolio. I am a real fan of blogs and blogging and read a lot of blog posts, especially with the help of the very good Google Reader app. Its a great way to keep up to date with changes in all sorts of…Continue
Crazy status updates
You know the kind of thing…. “OMG, I am sooooo…Continue