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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 Networking Talk and Book Signing in Tewksbury, MA

Date: 
Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

Come hear me speak at the Tewksbury Library on August 6th at 7pm. I will be discussing some of the networking tips from my book, One Connection, followed by a Q&A. The Tewksbury Library is located at 300 Chandler Street

If you cannot make the event but you would like to purchase the book you can purchase it on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X7RMHOU

You can sign up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1461165127534844/

You can sign up on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Friendsofkevin/events/223784956/

Visit friendsofkevin.com for more information on The Friends of Kevin Networking Group.

Free Networking Talk and Book Signing in Dracut, MA

Date: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Come hear me speak at the Dracut Library on June 17th from 6-8pm. I will be discussing some of the networking tips from my book, One Connection, followed by a Q&A. The Dracut Library is located at 28 Arlington St. 

If you cannot make the event but you would like to purchase the book you can purchase it on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X7RMHOU

You can sign up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/833790546705186/

You can sign up on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Friendsofkevin/events/222931611/

Visit friendsofkevin.com for more information on The Friends of Kevin Networking Group. 

11 Networking Tips to Grow Your Business

Date: 
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Come hear me speak at the Mill City Skill share Event on May 16th. UTEC 35 Warren ST Lowell, MA. I will be sharing 11 business networking tips to help you grow your business from my newly released book on business networking

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 Morning Networking Event in Tewksbury Ma at the Merrimack Valley Pavilion

Date: 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 7:30am - 9:00am

Kevin Willett the Founder of the Friends of Kevin networking group is happy to announce that the Friends of Kevin will be having an Efficient Breakfast Networking event in Tewksbury Ma at the Merrimack Valley Pavilion The Friendworking event will be held on August 6th from 730 to 9am The Merrimack Valley Pavilion is located at 2087 Main st in Tewksbury Ma. 

 

You can register on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Friendsofkevin/events/196785152/

You can register on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/256444897878043/

 

Three Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. As a sponsor you will receive 3 minutes to promote your business to the group. The fee to be a sponsor is $50.00 

We have 3 opportunites to promote your non profit to the group for 1 minute. You must pre-regsiter and email me at [email protected] if you are interested. 

We have 3 opportunities available for job seekers to promote themselves to the group. You must pre-regsiter and email me at [email protected] if you are interested. 

 

New to the Merrimack Valley in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, just 20 minutes north of Boston, and centrally located on Route 38 (Main Street Tewksbury, MA) between routes 495 and 93 is the Merrimack Valley Pavilion featuring lots of good family fun!  

 

Come play at our beautiful “Tiki Island” mini golf course nestled beside the Shawsheen River, or come inside to challenge yourself to a laser tag game at our new state-of-the-art 6,000 square foot, multi-level laser tag arena, “The Jungle”. Once inside, you'll find a family-friendly atmosphere in our “Sports Café” where you can relax and cheer on your favorite sports teams on one of our plasma TV's while enjoying one of 25 flavors of delicious Richardson's ice cream, 6 frozen yogurt flavors, soft serve, pizza, chicken fingers and fries. And if that's not enough, you can even create your own sundae at our sundae bar. The kids will love the adjacent arcade. We have seating both indoors and outdoors on our scenic patio. 

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 [email protected]

FREE Friends of Kevin Business Networking Event in Tyngsboro

Date: 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 7:30am - 9:00am

Kevin Willett the Founder of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group is happy to announce that the Friends of Kevin will be hosting a free morning networking event  in Tyngsboro Ma at Bliss Color Studio.  The Friendworking event will be held on July 16th  from 730am to 9am Bliss Color Studio is located at 130 Middlesex Road in Tyngsboro Ma.

Space is limited to 20 people so please regsiter early for this event.

You can register on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/639012692860557/

You can register on meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Friendsofkevin/events/191593752/

Three Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. As a sponsor you will receive 3 minutes to promote your business to the group. The fee to be a sponsor is $50.00

We have 3 opportunites to promote your non profit to the group for 1 minute. You must pre-regsiter and email me at[email protected] if you are interested.

We have 3 opportunities available for job seekers to promote themselves to the group. You must pre-regsiter and email me at [email protected] if you are interested.

I would like to thank  Deb from Bliss Color Studio for hosting this event. Please become a fan of their page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/BLISS-COLOR-STUDIO/106224587458

Networking Success Story - Brenda Beaudoin - Beaudoin & Associates Realtors

I have been in the real estate business for 28 years now and found one of the best sources of meeting people is networking.  Especially if you want to meet other business owners and leaders.  I check monthly with all the area networking opportunities and book them in my calendar in advance.  And I always make sure to visit the same source on numerous occasions, because it takes someone receiving your business card 10 times before they truly remember you.  And, meeting people face to face gives you an opportunity to talk to them and see what type of business they are in and what kind of referrals they are looking for and also let them know all about you.  Follow up is always the key however, a follow up call or note tend to bring the relationship to the next level.  Be a good listener!

Friends of Kevin has been my primary source of networking, although I certainly search out others in the area.  But the reason why Kevin’s comes to the top of mind is that he always goes the extra mile to put people together!