5 Steps To Discovering Your Value Give Away For Networking Success

Hard sales tactics adopted and utilized by most people in their strategies to network online and in the real world fall decidedly flat in an effort to create business relationships that lead to referral business. The 30 second elevator pitch, the blatant sales pitch, the product and services feature-benefit dump, a lack of listening skills, and the “work the room” mentality are giving way to a new much more effective strategy: giving value. Below is an example of the “work the room” business card treasure hunt modeled after a bad speed dating session seen on “Sex and the City.”

Before you can give away something that others value, give it often, give it continuously, and give it without asking for anything in return, you must first understand how to identify what you have to offer. The following should help you get started in identifying your value to others:

5 Tips To Finding Your Value “Give”

1. Make a List of Your Accomplishments: don’t be shy in this exercise. Give a full list with details

2. Make a List of Your Contacts of Influence: prioritize this list by who you know best and who KNOWs you

3. List Your Skill Sets: again do not be shy. Provide everything that is important to building your career

4. From the First Three Lists: analyze and choose what you believe to be the most valuable things you can give to your potential networking partners

5. Create a Plan on How To Deliver: will you utilize a blog or begin a public speaking platform to help benefit your potential networking partners? Identify all of the channels in which you can deliver your value

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Networking The Right Way Part 2: #1 Method to Networking Success

In our last adventure our fragile business networker was accosted by the unseamly hardsell tactics of Superman during a networking event. Superman was the epitome of the hardsell, offer nothing, talking to much, and in general acting like the blowhard we all try to avoid.

Don’t Be A Joker!

Director Tim Burton specifically refers to this image as "the duel of the freaks".

Courtesy Jack Nicholson Wiki

#1 Method To Networking Success

“Give something that others Value, give it often, and give it WITHOUT asking for anything in return” –Jeffrey Gitomer

If you give people what they value, continuously give it to them, without asking for something in return or trying to sell them–you will have mastered the method to networking success: The Give

The Ann Tardy Story: A Case Study for Giving

Ann Tardy left a successful law practice as well as her CPA business to establish Lifemoxie.com. Ann is a powerful keynote and workshop facilitator. I attended her workshop “20 Ideas To Relentlessly Self Promote You and Your Business.

The Approach: It’s All About Giving

Shortly upon the conclusion of Ann’s workshop I met her face to face and offered:

1. To give my feedback on her presentation

2. To write an article praising her work for my blog

3. To provide her a free consultation on blogging, blog marketing, and social media networking

The Rest of The Story

After staying in contact with Ann, and many communications and networking referrals, we finally had the opportunity to meet for lunch 2 months after our initial conversation at her presentation. We were pleasantly surprised with the story Ann related to us:

“I was in New York City last week as a guest presenter at a Women Entrepreneur’s Conference. An audience member approached me after my keynote to tell me that she attended the workshop because of a review she read from a blogger. That blogger turned out to be you dean and your deansguide review. As a result of your wonderful review this woman attended and brought a friend with her.”

The Result of Giving

1. Referral-Gifts: Ann has provided our Inner Architect business with 17 amazing contacts which have led to 12 speaking engagements for author Susan Hanshaw

2. Relationship: Ann has become a trusted friend and source of business

3. Evangelist: Ann is now an “evangelist” for our company and Susan’s work. She spreads the word aka viral marketing helping people understand our work

4. Reference Point: Ann is a well respected national keynote speaker with incredible name recognition. Her willingness to validate our business mission lends added credibility to our reputation and public perception

5. Mentor: Ann is walking the path we intend to walk. Her mentorship and direction have been an integral part of our business growth and expansion

Networking The Right Way: Superman vs Batman The Super Hero Syndrome

Networking Keynote Notes

Intro: How many speakers have you listened to who have begun their presentations with a joke? The obligatory, in their mind, joke. The joke meant to build rapport with the audience while providing a human element to the otherwise stiff speaker–that joke.

I AM NOT GOING TO TELL YOU A JOKE. I am a bad joke teller but I can tell a story

Instead I am going to help you network the right way by:

1. Describing the #1 biggest mistake most people make when networking

2. Offering the best method to win new networking relationships

3. Saving you time by helping you measure your aptitude

But first I will offer you a yarn to contemplate. . .

Superman vs Batman: The Story of Two Super Heroes

Intro: Imagine you are at a networking event in hopes of meeting a great connection and suddenly Superman walks up and launches into his pitch:

SM: “Hi, I’m Superman I own a Security Firm”

* “I’m faster than a speeding bullet”

* “More powerful than a locamotive”

* “Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound”

“Here’s my card, my cd, my dvd, my newsletter, and the number to my agent–when will you be calling?”

You: (Meanwhile you are thinking to yourself) “My Security firm is ‘Batman’ ”

“My guy has an employee- Robin, Customer Support Rep- Alfred, and a Call Center–the Bat Phone”

“My guy drives a really cool car, flys the Bat Copter, and he even has a boat!”

“With Batman I don’t have to deal with Jokers, Riddlers, or Cats!”

“And Batman has a beautiful home office–the stately Wayne Manner”

“This other guy is HOMELESS he even has to dress in a phone booth!”

“Why would I even consider changing firms? Especially considering that Kryptonite problem!”

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There you have it in a nutshell: networking is NOT launching into a hard sell sales promotional piece about you.

Stay tuned tomorrow as our fragile business networker describes the #1 Method To Networking Relationship Success

Same Bat Time, Same Bat Station!

Realtors “Measure” Your Success For An “Unfair Advantage”

FoxBusiness.com published this deansguide article on August 5, 2008

Guy Kawasaki talks about the differentiating factor in a business being that businesses “unfair advantage.” The one person, product, or service that nobody else in the niche or industry can duplicate or “touch.” This must be quantifiable and measurable in order to illustrate the true value to the market.

Lawyers measure their success, in many cases, through their percentage of wins in the courtroom. Professional baseball players measure their success through their batting average or wins. Chefs measure their success through restaurant reviews and Michelin stars.

Here Is The “Salesperson’s Problem

Unfortunately sales people often measure their success by pointing to their sales volume, innocuously siting vague buzzwords like “value add” and attempting to push the idea they are experts without providing any objective outside source for validation

Examples of “Old School Hard Sell” Measurement

When Realtors utilized their promo, marketing, or ad materials they often site the following “reasons” for consumers to blast down their doorway:

1. Sales Volume: Sales volume does not equate to salesmanship, customer service, or expert knowledge. Selling big volume can be, and has been in many cases, the product of nepotism, favoritism, smoking white hot markets, and the always present hard work

2. Top Producer: Brokerage top producer logo’s and marketing materials are an attempt to impress consumers by showing experience and effectiveness WITHOUT really showing anything of detailed substance

Top Producer “tags” are only relevant to a consumer if you can negotiate a great price to sell their home or help them buy a home. It is more relevant if you can show properties before they hit the market or warn the consumer about a problematic area

Differentiate Through Measurement?

1. Find Measurement: Find a stat that consumers can understand and appreciate. One that they find value in and believe is helpful to their needs

Differentiating Measurements

1. Sales Dollars Below Asking: Why not keep a running spreadsheet on sales dollars below asking? Or find a measurement that will describe your ability to negotiate and save your clients money

2. Go-To Source Before Market: Can you find great properties and offer a full list of properties no other agent can offer to consumers? Can you do this prior to the property coming on the MLS? Can you be perceived as a go-to source of information? How about a stat you keep of the number of properties you sold that were not on market as a method of showing your ability to bring more to the table?

3. Transaction Savings: Is their an affiliate relationship that you can leverage that brings dollar savings to your clients? If so can you total the dollar amount into an impressive measurement tool that shows how consumers benefit by doing business with you?

Realtor’s Step 1 To Asking To Become A Contributor For A Powerful Blogger

Reuters.com published this deansguide article August 4, 2008

How do you get the kind of exposure you feel you and your writing deserve? How do you do this when you do not have a blog or you are about to launch your blog into the blogosphere? What is the best method of soliciting a prominent blogger with the information you want the consumers to see?

The majority of people never get what they want because they are afraid to ask. This fear, here is the solution to that problem, usually leads the person to take a circuitous route of vague inquiries that never land their intended results.

The following is a perfect example of my philosophy, Jeffrey Gitomer style, on how to ask for something without asking. This is an email sent to me by entrepreneur Peter Furia:

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Dean,


I wanted to reach out to you quickly with a potential blog post for Dean’s Guide. There is a commercial real estate search engine called Rofo.com that just released a short YouTube video that I think real estate agents and consumers both would enjoy.
I’ve put a link to the video below — it’s at least good for a quick laugh.

Thanks and let me know if I can provide any other info.
-peter”
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The Offer-Give
1. Peter offers me content in the form of a very funny video from youtube. He knows that this video will make a great blog post, give my readers a good laugh, and help me with a post that is easy to write and fun
Note: Peter is GIVING not SELLING me first and foremost!
The Take Away
1. Peter’s email informs me of a new Commercial Real Estate search engine called Rofo.com
The Description
1. I emailed Peter and complimented him on his Approach and I asked him for a description of what he would like to promote:
“Rofo is a free website for entrepreneurs and small businesses searching for commercial real estate and related services for facilities/office space. Rofo allows you to search local listings, post your real estate needs, read and write reviews and find the right professionals related to your move. Rofo brings in relevant third party data from sites like Google, Microsoft, and Yelp to help businesses make decisions about where to locate their business.”
Who Is Peter Furia?
He is a funny man and the mastermind behind seedwell.com and Peter Furia Design performing:
  • Video Production viral videos, music videos, promotional spots, documentaries, short films
  • Viral Campaigns video seeding and promotion, microsites
  • Web 2.0 Strategies product-based social networking, user-driven advertising
  • Graphic Design event graphics, CD & DVD artwork, movie posters, flyers
  • Web Design site design, intermediate HTML, basic PHP, basic Flash
  • Music Production songwriting, recording, mixing

“Hyper Local” Blog Strategy Is Realtor’s #1 Weapon Of Mass Introduction

The following is a brief description and outline for Realtors to consider when formulating strategies for their blogging efforts, considering SEO tactics, and preparing an action plan for their next generation online marketing campaign.

What Is Hyper Local Content?

Hyper local content is content that describes a community’s characteristics, assets, and overall climate. It is a method of blogging that produces a wide variety of information about a community not restricted to real estate subjects.

Hyper Local Content Topic Examples

Schools; Political scene; Dining; Parks; Festivals; New businesses; Local businesses; Concerts; weather; community services; non profits, charities; local heros; historical buildings; WiFi access; coffee houses; public transportation; city planning; sports teams; where are they now segments; and the list goes on and on

How about this for hyper local content: Realtor John Harper’s brother Craig and friends jam for fun and profit

Why Is It Important?

1. Become an expert on your area

2. Perception as community go-to source of information

3. Search Engine Optimization on multiple topics provides exposure during multiple topic searches

What Does It Mean To Your Blog?

1. Never ending source of content

2. Well rounded content

3. Internal linking strategy

4. Multiple subjects provides multiple “Guest Contributors” possibilities

5. Opportunities to provide exposure to community businesses, citizens, and policies

Hyper Local Blogging “Superstars”

1. Teresa Boardman St.PaulRealestateblog.com

2. Kevin Boer 3oceansrealestate.com

3. John Harper theharperteam.com

Google Updates “Keyword Tool”: “Significantly Improve Your Keyword Research Ability”

Google

FoxBusiness.com published this deansguide article July 25, 2008

Google’s Adwords “Keyword Tool” is one of the cool relatively new tools you can utilize when formulating your keywords, keyphrases, and longtail search terms. A simple tool to utilize, Keyword Tool is like having a brainstorming session or idea think tank consulting firm at your finger tips.

The Cool Features: How Would You Like To Generate Your Keywords?

1. Option #1: Descriptive words or phrases; choose this option when searching for keywords like “green tea”

2. Option #2: Website content: choose this option to find website keywords like http://www.deansguide.wordpress.com

Pick Your Language

Mind boggling extensive list of languages from Urdu and Togalog to English and Slovak; and countries from Burkina Faso and Burundi to Yemen and Zimbabwe give anyone globally the opportunity to hone in on their keyword targeting

The Numbers: Actual Figures For Search Terms

Google now returns for your keyword query the following categories of information:

Our keyword search was “San Rafael real estate”

1. Advertiser Competition shows a bar graph for competitiveness for each keyword

2. Approximate Search Volume for the month (June) 9,900 searches

3. Approximate Average Search Volume per month 8,100 searches

4. Keywords Related to your search terms, their strength of advertiser competition and all realted numbers

5. Additional Keywords To Consider gives you closely related keywords and keyword phrases further adding to your research

The Reviews

1. Searchenginepeople.com ,a fantastic resource site, Paul authored the following review:

“Simply type in your keyword and you can see a long list of related keywords with approximate search volumes for those keywords as well! You can even customize the results with this tool: everything from the location (country) of your keyword results to finding out which month had the highest search volumes.

“In short, the tool rocks and it instantly makes keyword research way easier and much more efficient!”

2. SEO Revolutions’ Jerry West:

“In short, Google’s update to their Keyword Tool will SIGNIFICANTLY improve your keyword research ability. Review how in just four minutes with the screen shots, commentary and (steps in post) test results