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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

THE SLOGANATOR: You Might Be a “Networkaholic”

Rhonda L.Sher

For many people, networking is a chore. In fact, I know people who would rather have a root canal than go to a networking event where they don’t know anyone and have to try to meet at least three new people and follow up with them afterwards. On the other hand, there are those people who might be considered networkaholics. Those are the people you see at every event, who are handing out business cards and shaking hands and kissing babies. So how do you know if you are a networkaholic? Well, to add some levity to the description, here are a few ways to identify those people:

  • They have a license plate that says “Italk2strangers”
  • They have a bumper sticker that says “networkers do it by referral”
  • They put full color brochures with their name and number on the candy they give out at Halloween.
  • They leave their business card along with a nice tip at every restaurant they go to in case the waiter or waitress runs into a prospect for them.
  • They put their business card in the envelope of every bill they pay.
  • They put their business card on car windshields in the parking lots where they know their ideal client is likely to be.
  • They put their business cards in every book remotely related to their expertise in Barnes and Noble and Borders.
  • They give their elevator pitch in every elevator they get into even if there is only person in the elevator.
  • They throw their business cards in the air at ball games when someone gets a home run.
  • They go on looking for business instead of dates and send emails telling their potential suitors that they are looking for business, not romance.
  • They go to the dog park equipped with business cards and have some in their dog’s collar.
  • They wear a tee shirt that says “I am not gossiping, I am networking” to the gym and everywhere else.
  • They volunteer for ever group and make sure their business signature and website is on every email that they send.
  • They ask everyone they know what they can do to refer business to them in the hope that they will ask them the same question.
  • They attend their kids sporting events and know all the other parents and what they do and make sure they know what you do.
  • They talk to their doctors and everyone that they spend money with and ask how they get their business and share what they do with everyone and make sure they that they leave everyone with lots of their business cards just in case they run into someone that might need their service or product.
  • They never listened when their parents told them not to talk to strangers.
  • They never miss an opportunity to meet someone who is online in front of them or in back of them whether at the grocery store, Starbucks or the restroom line.
  • They make friends with the fast food drive thru person who they knows sees everyone and makes sure that they have plenty of their cards in case they run into a prospect.
  • They steal business cards from the fishbowls at restaurants that do drawings and then call those people and say they can’t remember where they got their card.
  • They attend every business expo and trade show and collect as many business cards as possible and give out as many as possible and then practice the “f” word, follow-up with everyone.
  • They send out handwritten notes, cards, text messages and emails on a regular basis to everyone on their list.
  • They have the song “getting to know you” as their cell phone ring tone.
  • They wrap their car with the product, service and information so nobody can forget them.
  • They have an outgoing voice mail that directs people to their website and leave the same message on voice mails that they leave.
  • They belong to to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and every other social networking site and have more friends that they can count.
  • They never worry about being lonely because they know they are just one hello from making a new friend and two minutes away from a new referral partner.
Perhaps one or all of these made you smile and if so great, but what it tells is that people network on all different levels and in many different ways. I doubt there’s a 12 step program out there but if you know of one, I could probably use it, so please send me an email and let me know where and what time they meet. “Hello, my name is Rhonda and I’m a networkaholic.”

Rhonda L Sher: The Sloganator Rhonda L Sher was born talking. She fell in love with words as a child and has never stopped communicating since. Her father once commented that she was vaccinated with a phonograph needle. Not only has Rhonda inherited her father's humor, but it's that quick wit that has become the signature that has helped propel her clients to stardom.Acclaimed Keynote and workshop leader, Rhonda has authored two books, "The 2 Minute Networker" and "The ABC's of LinkedIn," "Get LinkedIn or Get Left Out" as well as numerous action guides, articles, workbooks, jingles and corporate slogans.

In addition to writing, Rhonda uses her gift of gab as a featured keynote speaker, consultant and corporate trainer throughout North America. She has successfully taught hundreds of business men and women on the art of business networking and written hundreds of elevator pitches and slogans.Rhonda's greatest talent lies in her ability to create fabulously catchy slogans that are memorable, upbeat, easy to repeat and create instant brand identification. In addition to the books, audio and video, Rhonda creates slogans and taglines for her clients which are memorable, bring them business and make them, money. She works with you to create a corporate slogan for your business that sets you apart from your competition. Her creativity and energy will tap into your customer's mind and have your phone ringing off the hook with new business.

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