“Know Your Enemies, Know Yourself”

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Sun Tzu may have been talking about war, but his advice applies anywhere. Going into a networking event without sufficient planning is setting yourself up for an awkward experience with nothing to show from it. There are two steps involved in preparing yourself for your first networking event, and thankfully,…


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Derby Hub TV

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Derby Hub very proudly presents a new member benefit, Derby Hub TV. Periodically Derby Hub will be filming members, so that they each get a chance to share their secrets to success and business tips. On this episode of Derby Hub TV, Yvonne Gorman from Essential Print Services introduces Derby Hub member,…


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Student Networking Tips

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Don’t be afraid to ask for advice / help Every day is a different networking and potential learning experience, and running a small business will provide you with many avenues that you have simply not been taught.  You may know some areas of your business well and others not so well,…


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Writing Smart Presentations

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Documents that generate business… (win sales!) Whether by email, written or both, you may be involved in producing a formal presentation document – This will fill some people with dread! Here are a few simple thoughts to help you put together that winning bid: Don’t fool yourself into…


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Net 'working' for success

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Another thrilling instalment of Derby Hub, with a great turn out and plenty of new faces in the room. At this meeting, the training was provided by Geoff Seymour (Bluu Sky Connections) on how to make the most of networking. Geoff is a seasoned networker (of more than 10 years) and his tips on how to…


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Engage with networking

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At the last meeting, Sarah Loates from Loates Business Solutions Ltd shared with Derby Hub all about engagement. Engagement with employees, customers, suppliers in fact anyone we need to engage with, to effectively run our businesses! During Derby Hub’s regular education slot Sarah discussed how…


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Networking for introverts

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If the prospect of networking fills you with dread or you think it's something only extroverted people do, think again. You don't need to have a gregarious or outgoing personality to build a network of professional contacts - in fact, your approach may be better received than the brash personality…


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Choosing a graphic designer

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Get one step ahead of the game by getting the most from your graphic design company. Here are '10 top tips' to consider, when choosing a graphic designer to work with on your projects: 1) You are only as good as your last performance Ask to see examples of their previous work, it is not…


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Your networking tool kit

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Networking should be considered part of your normal working day, when you go to a networking event you should take your tool kit with you, just the same as if you were going to see a client and you would take the tools of your trade. Would a plumber turn up to do jobs without his monkey wrench or joiner…


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Networking tips to springboard your business

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"When two or more people coordinate in a spirit of harmony and work towards a definite objective or purpose, they place themselves in position, through the alliance, to absorb power directly from the great storehouse of Infinite Intelligence." - Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich. That sounds…


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Your 3 Free Networking Tips

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"The ascent of Everest was not the work of one day, nor even of these few unforgettable weeks in which we climbed ........ It is, in fact a tale of sustained and tenacious endeavour by many, over a long period of time." Sir John Hunt - scaled Mount Everest 1953. This "sustained and tenacious endeavour"…


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Your 3 Free Networking Tips

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Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone." - Robert Allane co-author of "The One Minute Millionaire If this is true then you must push yourself outside your comfort zone regularly to achieve in business. To a lot of people Networking is outside their comfort zone so to help you please find…


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client referrals

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A subject that fills the novice salesman with terror and even makes the most experienced of us a little uncomfortable!! Yes, you’re right, it means asking your clients for introductions to their clients! We are all salespeople, whether employed or running our own business, and we love to spend…


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Price is what you pay, value is what you receive

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Tony Miles of Derby based Milestone Management Solutions gives some simple tips for Hub members: To return to our series of "3 tips" that should, if applied, help improve the value of your networking activity:- Use direct mail to generate more leads. Direct mail remains one of the most…


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Let's Save Money

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Edward Winiarski of Derby based Giles Insurance Brokers Ltd gives some simple money saving tips for Hub members........ Are you always getting best value when buying personal insurances? Insurance is without doubt still a ‘grudge’ purchase particularly in these difficult economic times, but…


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Christmas Networking Party Tips

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1. Remember why you are all there and that networking is in essence just building relationships. So relax, enjoy yourself and get to know a few people. 2. However, this is an opportunity to find out more about some of your colleagues, so try and really listen to them when they are telling you about themselves.…


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October Networking Tips

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“Defeat is not the worst of failures – Not to have tried is the true failure” – George E Woodbury, author, educator and poet. To ensure that you do not fail come and try networking at The Derby Hub as we continue our series of “3 tips” that should, if applied, help…


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Free Marketing Tips

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“Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it and spend it rather than invest it” – Jim Rohn So to ensure that, when you are networking, you do not waste yours but invest it please find below three networking tips, follow these to gain more business from existing…


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Networking tips

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“Everything you need in life, you will have to go through someone else to get it. You have to do it yourself, but you can not do it alone! You need people and they need you, so invest in relationships to build your reputation” Rob Brown from “How to build your reputation” We have…


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Networking the IT Way

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This weeks article is by Sue Cliff of Pink Mortar ROM - Relevance of Meeting. Is the group appropriate for your industry RAM - Roam and Mingle. Look at the attendance list and find the folks likely to have synergy with you IT- Intelligent Tracking. Do the research on people you have met before ou have…


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Free Business Guide

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This weeks blog article is from Marylou Booth of Training Works Get your free business guide packed with powerful tips from an expert in transforming one-off clients into loyal, repeat ones As a committed, ambitious business owner, you’ll already be well aware of the importance of turning one-off…


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Your 3 Free Networking Tips

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This weeks blog article is from Tony Miles of Milestone Management Solutions Ltd “A successful person realises his personal responsibility for self motivation. He starts with himself because he possesses the key to his own ignition switch. Kemmons Wilson – Founder of Holiday Inn Hotels Although…


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goose sense

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In the fall, as geese make their annual migration, flying along in V formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a V…


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Keep track of your guarantees

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This weeks blog article is from Martin Jinks of Bakewells Solicitors. A recent case has highlighted the importance of keeping track of any Guarantee you have given. In Greene King v Quisine & Shasha, Shasha guaranteed Quisine’s lease. Greene King covenanted to endeavour to tell Shasha whenever…


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5 simple Derby Hub social media community tips

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An article from Derby Hub member Kevin Hudson from Identify who specialise in Social Media Marketing Twitter RT ReTweet @derbyhub Tweets and Derby Hub members’ tweets. RT/Share the Hub blogs, education slots and any other content posted on the Hub website. - Sign of appreciation and promotion of…


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An Effective & Memorable 60 Seconds

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An article from Derby Hub member Angela Szczepankiewicz from Virtual Admin Plus Every week we stand up and give our 60 second commercial, during which we hope that everyone around the table is listening and thinking about how they can find referrals for us. Let’s start making it easy for everyone,…


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Beware the Cookie Monster

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Beware the Cookie Monster Facebook has its $100billion (£31billion) floatation on the New York stock market today and intends to grow by targeting advertising to mobile internet users which account for around 50% of Facebook’s 250million daily visitors. This makes for a formidable advertising…


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Branding for SME’s

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At Derby Hub our ethos is to share business excellence and our members' presentations are no exception. Each week, we ask one of our members to share knowledge and advice about their industry. Presentations must be useful and not sell to the room. This ensures members get the most out of their membership…


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Wage Incentive Information

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If you employ someone who is currently on the work programme, a wage incentive worth up to £2,275 each, will be available for employers who can offer an 18 to 24 year-old from the Government’s Work Programme, a job lasting at least 26 weeks. The work programme is the Government’s scheme…


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Tips to get the most from your office paper

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At Derby Hub our ethos is to share business excellence and our members' presentations are no exception. Each week, we ask one of our members to share knowledge and advice about their industry. Presentations must be useful and not sell to the room. This ensures members get the most out of their membership…


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Commercial Property in Pensions Explained

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Commercial Property in Pensions At Derby Hub our ethos is to share business excellence and our members' presentations are no exception. Each week, we ask one of our members to share knowledge and advice about their industry. Presentations must be useful and not sell to the room. This ensures members…


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Printing Tips by Essential Print Services

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At Derby Hub our ethos is to share business excellence and our members' presentations are no exception. Each week, we ask one of our members to share knowledge and advice about their industry. Presentations must be useful and not sell to the room. This ensures members get the most out of their membership…


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