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What is the Friends of Kevin?

The Friends of Kevin is the only networking group that brings together the business, non profit and artistic communities. This allows you to meet people that you won't see at other networking events.

The Friends of Kevin is unique because we combine in person monthly networking with online monthly promotion to offer you the chance to promote your business to my over 20,000 followers. If you are looking to grow your business this is the group for you!

To learn more call Kevin at 978-995-1743 or email Kevin@friendsofkevin.com

What are the Benefits of Joining the Friends of Kevin

1.Promotion to my over 25,000 social media connections through the use of my blog.

2. Personal introductions to potential clients and partners to help you grow your business.

3. 15 minute interview on the Friends of Kevin Radio show.

4. Members receive their own page on the Friends of Kevin website which helps with SEO

5. Membership is limited to 300 clients to better help you market your business.

6. Low membership fee of only $200.00 per year.

No other networking group offers this combination of services to help you grow your business. For more information please contact Kevin at 978-995-1743 or Kevin@friendsofkevin.com

Business Networking Tip - Be Persistent

If you ask me to describe what it is like to be an entrepreneur in one word, I would say persistence. What is persistence? It’s a firm continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Growing a business is hard and it takes a lot of work, but you cannot give up. We all know that there are going to be up times and down times when running our business. It’s during those down times that you want to panic or bail out. Be persistent. I always say that if it was easy, then everyone would start their own business. I have faced incredible challenges that have made me question running the networking group and hosting so many events. The time, energy and knowledge that you need to have and give can be overwhelming. I know through persistence and hard work that everything has and will work out. This is your dream! Be persistent.

Business networking tip - Be where you are suppose to be

I have found that I always make great connections at events that I don’t want to go to. I get invited to a lot of events. I host a lot of events. As I write this book, I am currently hosting twenty business networking events a month. Sometimes, it can be very challenging to find time to attend events. Sometimes, I am just tired after a long day and don’t want to go out. You all know that feeling. Despite these challenges, I do try and support my friends when I can and you know what, it seems these are the times I meet someone and find out they have a need for my service or the service of one of my clients. So now, whenever I am tempted to back out of an event, I think about how many times keeping that commitment has lead to a really awesome connection.  Also, it makes you a good person to support your friend.

Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X7RMHOUTy

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group. To see a list of upcoming events please visit their website at www.friendsofkevin.com  

Business Networking Tip - Control Your Devices

I was at an event recently that allowed everyone 1 minute to speak about their business. When it was my turn to speak I looked around the room and the majority of the people were looking down at their phones and a few of them had even brought their tablets and were using those as well. Now that is simply rude, both to the event organizer and the people speaking.  It was especially rude when they only stopped texting long enough to take their turn speaking! When you are at an event put your phone on silent or vibrate during it. I do understand that emergencies do happen but let’s be honest; the majority of texts and emails can wait until the end of the event. Pay attention to the speakers at networking events they may be your next big client. If they see you are not paying attention, they are not going to bother with you or your business. Please, control your devices. Don’t let them control you. 

Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X7RMHOUTy

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group. To see a list of upcoming networking events please visit their website at www.friendsofkevin.com 

Business Networking Tip - The Golden Rule of Networking

We all know that networking is about building trust and getting people to know, like, and trust us. But sometimes we forget. We get excited and go right into our sales pitch. You should buy my widgets. (I use the word widgets so that I don’t offend anyone. If you sell widgets don’t worry. I’m not talking about you.) Of course, when no one buys our widgets, we get mad and stop networking because it’s stupid and doesn’t work.

Let me suggest a different approach. Next time you attend a networking event, focus on helping the people you’re speaking with. Ask them a few questions about their businesses. Find out who would be good clients for them. Try to think of people you know who may be good referral sources for them and ask if they’d like to meet those people. Typically, people will be so excited that you offered to help them, without trying to sell them anything, that they’ll ask how they can help you. Notice that you didn’t have to ask for help. They volunteered.

You might be thinking, “But Kevin, what if they don’t offer to help you back?” That’s okay, just consider it a deposit in the karma bank. Never keep score or expect a referral from everyone you give a referral to. Life doesn’t work that way. Always do the right thing for the right reason and things will work out for you.

Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X7RMHOUTy

Free Business Networking Tips Webinar - How to follow up

Date: 
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 7:00pm - 7:30pm

On Monday June 1st I am hosting a free business networking tips webinar on how to follow up with people you meet. The Webinar is from 7pm to 730pm. I will speak for about 15 minutes and then I will answer questions on the topic for about 15 minutes. Space is limited to 25 people and registration is required. Here is the link to register please feel free to invite your friend. https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EB58D782824931

Networking Success Story - Rob Chase - A Classic Touch Celebration

My celebration of life company focuses heavily on care giving and fostering relationships between my company and my clients as well as the business partners that I work with to provide these services.  My company provides a new type of service to the public that, up until now, most people had to provide for themselves.  Therefore, I knew right from the beginning that one of the major challenges that I’d face would be in educating the general public and other businesses in what it is that my company offers.  I have used business networking in the past to help me grow my other business (I am also an attorney), so I knew that I would need to do the same to grow my new celebration of life company.  There are many different kinds of networking groups out there.  Some are more structured and rigid in their format, while others are very informal.  They all have their pros and cons. 

I met Kevin Willett at another networking group.  What impressed me about him and his group, Friends of Kevin, was the amount of business contacts to which both he and his group had access.  Kevin is very dedicated in fostering relationships between businesses as well as consumers.  He spends an exceedingly large amount of his time bringing consumers and businesses together, matching the needs of one to the offerings of the other.  When I decided to expand the services offered by my company, Kevin was able to provide me with the right business contacts to help me provide these new services at a high level of quality.  I, in turn, am able to refer the businesses and consumers with which I do business to other trusted professionals that are in my networking sphere.  All of this has been made possible through my association with Friends of Kevin.

Robert D. Chase

A Classic Touch Celebration, Inc.

www.classictouch.info

Networking Success Story - Steve Wallace

I learned early on in my career that business is about relationships. But being new to the industry, I didn't know how to cultivate the necessary relationships that would be beneficial in helping me grow my business. Before long, I was being encouraged to attend business networking events, but found that most of the advertised events I went to didn't serve my purposes. What attracted me to Friends of Kevin is actually what makes the group so great; I was referred to Kevin Willett by one of his members, Brian Gardner. Since my initial meeting with Kevin, and after attending his networking events for the past two years, this is what I have learned from my experiences with Friends of Kevin: the people that attend his events and are in his groups are interested in providing competitive value to their customers. I choose to do the same by having a large network of trusted professionals, almost all of which were met through Friends of Kevin. By having experienced professionals in my network, who I now call friends, I become more of a trusted advisor to my clients than an insurance or investment salesman, because they can count on me to refer them to the right people, in addition to everything else I do. I'm able to be that trusted advisor, thanks to networking in Friends of Kevin

Steve Wallace

Free Friends of Kevin Business Networking Event in Nashua

Date: 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Kevin Willett the Founder of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group is happy to announce that the Friends of Kevin will be having a FREE Business networking event in Nashua NH at All Generations Adult Day Care Center. The Friendworking event will be held on August 26th from 6 to 8pm. All Generations Adult Day Care Center is located at is located at 460 Amhert Street in Nashua. 

We will be collecting back to school supplies for the Nashua Public Schools if you would like to bring some along. 

3 sponsorship opportunities exist for this event. As a sponsor you will receive 3 minutes to speak to the group about your business. The cost to be a sponsor is $50.00. This is a great way to promote yourself. 

 

You can register on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Friendsofkevin/events/197000282/

 

You can register on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1445452689052729

 

I would like to thank All Generations Adult Day Care Center and Derek Pollitt from the Coffee News of Southern NH for sponsoring this event. 

 

All Generation Adult Day Care is an Adult Day Care Program located in Nashua, NH that provides services two to five days a week in a secure and pleasant setting.. Please become a fan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AllGenerationsAdultDayProgram 

 

Coffee News of Southern NH serves the Greater Nashua area with editions in South Nashua, North Nashua and Souhegan Valley offering Print Advertising. Please become a fan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CoffeeNewsofSouthernNH/ 

 

The Friends of Kevin is the only networking group that brings together the business, non profit and artistic communities. This allows you to meet people that you wont see at other networking events. The Friends of Kevin is unique because we combine in person monthly networking with online monthly promotion to offer you the chance to promote your business to my over 6,500 followers. If you are looking to grow your business this is the group for you! To learn more call Kevin at 978-995-1743 or email Kevin@friendsofkevin.com  

 

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