18 episodes

Do you want great referrals from your Chamber leadshare group? Feeling unsure, frustrated or demotivated about the whole referral process? Are you curious about how others are prospecting in groups? If you want to develop leads and strong relationships but are starting to feel that maybe networking isn't what you thought it would be, WELCOME! This podcast is all about sharing ideas, techniques and stories from real people who network in the real world. Tired of hearing about what you "should" be doing? We'll explore ideas to help you find your own path to growing your network and your business. Join me each episode and make the most of your own networking adventure!

Adventures in Networking Eric Byrd

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Do you want great referrals from your Chamber leadshare group? Feeling unsure, frustrated or demotivated about the whole referral process? Are you curious about how others are prospecting in groups? If you want to develop leads and strong relationships but are starting to feel that maybe networking isn't what you thought it would be, WELCOME! This podcast is all about sharing ideas, techniques and stories from real people who network in the real world. Tired of hearing about what you "should" be doing? We'll explore ideas to help you find your own path to growing your network and your business. Join me each episode and make the most of your own networking adventure!

    The Importance of Perspective

    The Importance of Perspective

    Episode 018: During the last few weeks I've been talking to people who are having very different experiences for their business. Some are crazy worried, some are doing very well indeed. It seems each person, and their business, is having a different experience during this global pandemic. It got me thinking that we should talk about the role perspective plays, not only in our experience of crisis, but of everyday interactions. We, as networkers, are looking to engage people in order to find connections. Yet, if we are not able to identify with their perception, we may be at a serious disadvantage. This episode we'll delve into that thinking a bit and I'll share something I do when creating qualification questions to help me stay out of my own thought bubble.

    Perspective is critical and getting good at putting yourself in other's shoes can help you figure out how to engage in meaningful ways. That, after all is the key to good networking. if there's no conversation, then there's no point in networking.

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    • 17 min
    Virtual One on One

    Virtual One on One

    Episode 017: The COVID-19 pandemic drags on another week and we are all confined at home. But that doesn't mean we are not communicating and trying to interact with each other. More people are using technology, both familiar and unfamiliar, to try to stay in touch. Unfortunately a lot of us are trying to communicate the way we always have, and the messages we use in "normal" times don't have the same meaning they do now. This can cause problems in keeping your networking relevant and meaningful. In this episode Eric talks about ways to determine how best to connect with people and some tips on having productive one-on-one meetings with your referral partners and networking groups. Following some simple guidelines and by asking some logical questions, you can determine what to talk about and how to make the most impact. This can be a time for supporting each other and building relationships... we just need to watch out for the creeping anxiety to 'do something' that isn't helpful or useful for the other people in our network.

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    • 23 min
    The World Turned Upside Down

    The World Turned Upside Down

    Episode 016: Topsy turvy may be an accurate description of  your days now that we are all sequestered, working from home, and home schooling whether we wanted to or not. The necessity for separation gives rise to opportunities for technological re-connection, but it also comes at a price. In this episode Eric talks about some ways you can frame your new reality and start to take back some power over the uncertainty. With acceptance, gratitude and creativity we can make the best of a rotten situation. We need to fight despair that comes from isolation, so how do we do that? AND if you are not coping well with despair and it is starting to get the better of you please, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at (800) 273-8255. Don't give in to darkness, there are people who care and who will help you.

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    • 14 min
    Networking During a Pandemic

    Networking During a Pandemic

    Episode 015: As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread in the US and around the world many parts of our normal lives will be disrupted. One of those will be the activities we participate in professionally, like networking. Groups, events and meetings are being canceled and this will significantly impact how we do business and keep in touch with our networks. It will mean less face to face activity for everyone, everywhere. It is bound to cause anxiety and worry about how we will continue to do what we do. In this episode Eric talks about some important things to consider as you think about what activities to participate in and how to participate safely. He also offers some thoughts on alternative ways to keep in touch and keep conversations going amid such a significant interruption to our normal, daily lives.

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    Gracefully Exiting a Conversation Part 2

    Gracefully Exiting a Conversation Part 2

    Episode 014: Sometimes when you are out doing your networking "thing" you meet a person who wants to talk to you a lot more than you want to talk to him/her. These people are not being mean or manipulative, they are not being pushy in the same way as a "jerk". They may just be new or inexperienced and looking for a friendly face to help them feel more comfortable at an event or meeting. If you get stuck with one of these well meaning folk it can be a real challenge. You don't want to be rude. You know they don't mean you ill... but at the same time you know you have to break away and have conversations with other people. Otherwise your reason for being at the event yourself might end up being a huge waste of time. In this episode Eric discusses what might really be going on there and gives some perspective to help you figure out what to do. Then he walks you through two types of people that you may run into as well as four methods for exiting the conversation professionally and politely.

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    • 20 min
    Gracefully Exiting a Conversation Part 1

    Gracefully Exiting a Conversation Part 1

    Episode 013: Putting yourself out there to meet new people and engage in conversations is usually a good experience. Now and again you may find, however, that you are in an uncomfortable situation or conversation. When this happens it can be confusing and intimidating to figure out what to do to end the conversation in a professional manner. This concern is completely normal, especially if you are not yet completely confident in networking situations. In this episode Eric talks about one situation that can be especially awkward... dealing with "the jerk". The jerk is pushy, overbearing and doesn't seem able to take a hint. Let's talk about ways to deal with that situation so you're ready if it happens to you.
    Maybe you've been cornered by someone pushy or overbearing at a meeting or event. I'll share some simple things to help you get out of the situation.

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    I've met a lot of people in my career and now and again I have had to deal with someone who was out of line or just too pushy. You don't have to put up with it.

    I learned some tips over the years that have been useful in dealing with those that seem to have no boundaries. I'll share some simple tips in this episode.

    It's also worth noting that this is the first part of a two part series. The second will deal with a more subtle situation. Today we're talking about blatant, easy to spot behavior that's making you feel uncomfortable.

    As always, safety first! But even if it doesn't rise to that level there are effective things you can do to extricate yourself that will help you be prepared when and if you get cornered by "that guy" in the future.
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Networking made interesting

This podcast breaks down some of the common roadblocks in networking and offers advice you won’t find anywhere else in an accessible and interesting way. Eric has a gift at explaining how to connect authentically and how to use that connection to grow your business.

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