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ByFrida Owinga

Why you need Partnerships

Being a Founder has its share of challenges and celebrations and you have no business walking alone, that is why we started Founders Day, a day where you can join a conversation with other Founders for insights and strategies to create the life and work you absolutely enjoy!

Listen in to Founders Day –  August 30th, 2018 for 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED PARTNERSHIPS. (NB: This is a full recording of Founders Day Live at our office, be patient with us as we straighten the kinks!)

A partner is a friend, family member, colleague or peer who is willing to support your dream no strings attached.  O yeah there is that partner investor type person, but as a Founder we invite you to open your mind and think out of the box and enjoy creating a life and work you enjoy.  When we talk about WORK at PassionProfit it is whatever you do to generate an income to fund the lifestyle you enjoy.

Have fun and remember to join us on Thursdays at 8:30am-9:30am EAT from the comfort of your device! EVENT IS FREE AND YOU CAN REGISTER HERE

 

 

ByFrida Owinga

Profitable Partnerships

We are privileged to partner with Barclays Bank Business Club to provide mentoring and coaching services to their members. How timely that it came in our month of Profitable Partnerships.

As a Founder walking with others is not an option if you desire MEGA success.  Walking with the “right” others can catapult you into your dreams and desires faster and more comfortably.

A partner is someone or an institution that shares your values and complements your mission.  Partnerships are very much like marriages where one  articulates what they are looking for to support their success and aligns with another who has complementing qualities.

As an organization that seeks to provide access to capital to its community, we partner with financial institutions that are able to complete that piece of the puzzle on our behalf and we are able to provide capacity building for their communities and thus profitable partnerships are formed.

To be a profitable partner, you need to articulate your vision, values and mission so that you can find people and institutions that complement yours. Manage your expectations by expressing what you want and ask questions instead of making assumptions.  Consistent communication is critical for the success of any partnership.

Willingness to adapt and adjust as the two partners get to know each other and experience working together is also crucial.  Both parties should be willing to make it work for the partnership to work.  No part should bully another because of resources or size as each party is important in the success of the entire partnership and delivery of services.

Perfect partners do not exist, perfect conditions exist for a limited time in which partnerships express themselves best. — Wayne Rooney

ByFrida Owinga

Is your Networking Yielding Results?

Happy Monday!

When I speak on networking, one question I am always asked is “when will I get results?”

I find it an interesting question because the answer can be determined by various factors controlled by YOU! Here are some…

  1. Why do you network? When you have no target it will be difficult to measure results.
  2. Are you a member of a network group that is aligned with your networking objectives? You have to know the make up of your networking groups. Are they Consumers, Reporters or Investors. This will help you craft your pitch appropriately. (Refer to last week’s Digest for definitions on the 3)
  3. Do you participate consistently at the groups you are a member in? No matter how good your excuse is for missing a meeting, it can never make up for results. Create time to participate and ensure your prioritize your network meetings. It is part of your marketing strategy. You do not show up, do not expect results!
  4. Do you add value to the members in your networking groups? What goes round, comes around. Expecting something for nothing is a sure recipe for failure.
  5. What is your LQ? (Likablity Quotient) As in do you go out of your way to meet the members one on one? Staying in your comfort zone with people like you is a stealer of greatness. Take the initiative to meet every one in your group and you will enjoy amazing results.

Networking is a process and its activities should be part of your daily routine because your actions will determine your results. When you put in 50% effort and 50% excuses, do not expect a 100% results. Networking success is dependent on you!

To your success and for God’s glory!
Frida

ByFrida Owinga

How to Pitch for Profit

Happy Monday!

Thank you for attending Thrive November Edition. If you were not able to attend, here are a few nuggets for you.

Did you know your perception of the pitching process will determine your results? If you think others are better than you andyou are not good enough, you automatically affect the quality of your pitch and self sabotage unconsciously. You are the best person for your product and never forget that.

Think of pitching as a conversation. Every time you are pitching think of it as sharing value to some one who absolutely needs it. Think about it, we are always pitching – trying to get a loved one to do something we want, trying to get people to give you a business or invest in your business. The concept is pretty much the same. At any one time you could be speaking to a Consumer – someone who has a need for your product; A reporter – someone who may not buy your product but can talk about it to people who will be interested to buy and An Investor – someone who can invest their resources into your business.

Take that in and look out for more next week.

To your success and for God’s glory!
Frida

ByFrida Owinga

What is Speed Networking?

Happy Monday!

As we come to the end of the Entrepreneurs Chat in the Profit Network chapters, I hope you have learnt some useful tips that you are now implementing in your businesses.

We are closing this discussion with an exciting moment at Thrive where you will get to not only Speed Network but also exhibit your products and services.

If you are looking for a place to network with other business owners, exhibit and sell your products or services then join us for Thrive on 2nd July, 2016.

Speed Networking is an activity that allows you to meet a lot of business owners in a fixed amount of time. You usually have two or three minutes to talk to your networking partner and then a whistle blows and it’s time to switch.

The biggest benefit when Speed Networking is that you’re guaranteed to meet more people than you typically would using traditional networking during the same amount of time. In order to maximize this opportunity it is important to come prepared. Below are some tips on how to prepare well:

  1. Bring enough business cards: You’ll use a lot of cards during the speed networking portion of the event but you may meet someone during speed networking that might introduce you to other people after the speed networking is over. This happens to me practically every time I’ve done speed networking.
  1. Have some water before the session to wet and freshen your mouth because your mouth will get dry. I also highly recommend a trip to the restroom right before the speed networking begins. You don’t want to miss making a connection because you needed to take a bathroom break.
  1. Stay away from people you know: The purpose of speed networking is to meet new people. I recently attended an event with two of my best friends and we each sat apart from each other so that we wouldn’t end up paired up with each other during the event. If you can, find out before you sit down how people will move so that you can ensure that you’ll be talking to people you don’t already know.
  1. Speak loudly: When you have conversations going on three inches away on both sides of you, it can be hard to hear your partner so speak loudly and clearly. Lean in if you have to and let the other person know if you can’t hear them.
  1. Stick around until the very end: Networking beforehand helps you meet some of the people in the room so you can make recommendations to people during the event. But during the speed networking portion, you’ll meet people that you’ll want to follow up with afterwards and you might want to introduce some of the people you met during the speed networking portion to each other. Everyone is loosened up and more approachable and the people that are left tend to be more serious about making connections

Speed Networking is an interesting experience and I’m sure you won’t regret it. You will also get an opportunity to exhibit your products and services alongside the networking so you can sell them too. So get your ticket today for Thrive! Call 0707112002 or email info@passiontoprofit for more details.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday at Thrive!

To your Thriving!

Frida Owinga