Reach Out And Touch


Last month, I did a post on collecting biz cards.  Now, I wanna know how often do you go through those old contacts and reach out? How often? Damn.  What good is it if you have all these contacts and you don’t interact with them?

Last year around this time, I was looking through my old contact list so that I could find someone to say, “long time no speak.”  I was also looking to drum up some business as well.  As a small biz owner, no matter the economic climate, you should constantly tap into your networks in order to find work. Well I did  catch up with quite a few folks. And while some of them couldn’t hire me or jump in to some ventures with me immediately, a few of them came back to me months later with some checks (or Paypal transactions).

I think it’s obvious to guess what would have happened if I didn’t decide to reach out and touch some old colleagues.  I truly believe that when you are in your respective game for a long time and run your own shop, you don’t get biz by mailing out your CV.  It’s not what you know, but who you know.  And Larry Sharpe would go one more step by adding, “It’s not who you know, but how well they know you.”

So get out there and nurture those relationships.  Saying hello after 5 years makes (dollars and) sense.

Have any of your dormant friendships turned into dollars?

 

Welcome Back, Larry Sharpe

One of my favorite broadcasters (and networkers), Larry Sharpe, is back on the air after a six month hiatus.  To celebrate, I dug up a clip from his Ivory Tower Radio show when we talked about the future of media and how it relates to publicity (below).

And if you think this is a shameless ploy to get back on his show, you are right.  Hey Larry, I was quoted in the December issue of Entrepreneur magazine, does that qualify me to get back on the program? Seriously though, I am glad to have him back on the stream. Please check him out every Tuesday evening from 9-11pm.

Larry Sharpe Interviews Bryan R. Adams

So Busy Networking, I Had No Time To Post


Yeah, I know what you’re saying.  “Bryan, you better make time!”  And that’s true.  I apologize for the absense.  I also had a server issue that knocked me out of commission for over a week.

My title is not an excuse for not posting.  Posting can be vital to networking success, so it should have been on my schedule.   No ifs, ands or buts.  I must say that the posts I viewed while I was on the go, helped me when networking at various group meetings and one-to-one meetings.  Stuff from Larry Sharpe (Don’t Give Out Your Business Card), Ivan Misner (3 Ways To Get More Business At Your Next Networking Event), and Valeria Maltoni (How I Use LinkedIn Content For Intelligence)…just to name a few, was fascinating stuff to check out.

I also planned to review some helpful apps and things that enabled me to stay connected while I was on the go, but like I said in a previous post, smarter people than me have contributed great reviews/how-to’s already, so I will just link to hem. The following helped me immensely when my hosting company’s server went haywire rendering mewith no website or spotty email. Here’s my list:

Rapportive
Google Calendar (though I am playing around with Tungle.me)
Gist
Symbaloo
Foursquare
Google Voice
DimDim (thanks for the tip, Francisco)
Google Mobile Apps for Blackberry

I promise to not be out of touch for so long…regardless of the circumstances.  Let me know which ones you use or if there are some other apps that are worth pursuing.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Please tune in Friday, April 23, as I will return to Larry Sharpe’s Ivory Tower Radio program with SEO/Social Media Instructor (NYU Adjunct Professor) Ruben Quinones.  To preview this appearance, I want to play some bits from my first visit to the show last October.

In this segment, Larry asks me if there are outlets that still prefer getting pitched the old-fashioned way.  And for some reason, I start talking about OPML, even though none of the media folks on my list have ever asked me for it. I may have been trying to show off.
Larry Sharpe Interviews Bryan R. Adams
Please tune in to hear Ruben and I discuss traditional and new media strategies for small biz on Friday, April 23 at noon on Ivory Tower Radio.

 

 

Everybody’s Crazy ‘Bout A Sharpe Dressed Man

ZZ Top - Eliminator

Only a few more Larry Sharpe references, I promise.

On Friday, April 23, I will return to Larry Sharpe’s Ivory Tower Radio program with SEO/Social Media Instructor Ruben Quinones.  To preview this appearance, I want to play some bits from my first visit to the show last October.

In this segment, a caller named Joe wanted Larry and myself to slow it down and give him a top 3 list of the social media apps he should try first for his small biz.  We also talk about the value of interns.
Larry Sharpe Interviews Bryan R. Adams
Please tune in to hear Ruben and I discuss traditional and new media strategies for small biz on Friday, April 23 at noon on Ivory Tower Radio.