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By Lauren Kahn
How good of a storyteller are you? This question is becoming more and more important to the success of building a personal network, career, and business. When it comes to a sales pitch, a negotiation, or a meeting with influential stakeholders or investors, the way you communicate information to your audience is vital to their impression of you and your credibility in addition to your service or product.
But, to be clear, we’re not talking about public speaking skills—which we covered in a BizConnect article last month that you can find here. Storytelling is a unique skill that weaves personal content and stories about the need for a service or product into the dialogue. People are often moved by the emotion in stories, making them a more effective tool of persuasion than other forms of influence.
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How To Say No
By Lauren Kahn
We’ve spent a great deal of time talking about recommended tactics, best practices, and the right etiquette for pursuing new potential sales contacts and referral sources. But what about when the tables are turned? Do you know how to behave when you’re the one being pursued? There are a number of different scenarios in which this might be the case—Perhaps a contact is approaching you to win your business, or maybe he would like you to facilitate an introduction.
Let’s consider these two common scenarios when you’re in the driver’s seat, and someone wants something from you. More specifically, what if your answer is something your contact doesn’t want to hear—What if your answer is no? How can you say no tactfully?
Business Networking Tip:
After attending a networking event I observed several people utilizing effective strategies and techniques to rekindle relationships that were in need. I overheard discussions that included upcoming vacation plans, a child's graduation, and a mother's 85th birthday celebration. As I moved throughout the crowd I found that conversations, while they often started with the obligatory: "What do you do" or "What kind of business are you in?" The seasoned "networkers" shared a bit of their personal or family life to "seal the deal" in a sort of way.
Sid is the Founder & CEO of sidthesecuritypro.com, a residential and commercial security company that offers custom security solutions. He offers a one-stop shop for everything from locks, cameras, monitored security systems, and guard services. Sid has been in business on his own for three years, and he has a long, tenured 40-year track record in the security industry. As a former Wells Fargo Bank, N.A Regional Audit Manager, Sid was trained by bank security specialists. His expertise runs deep, and he is extremely passionate about the services he provides.
Not only is Sid in the business of providing security solutions, but he also is a community resource beyond the security industry, offering important advice and best practices in his non-sales blog and community bulletin board (https://www.facebook.com/secprosid). If you’re looking to update your home or business with the best security options, you should turn to Sid.
Not too long ago, a commercial client approached Sid to purchase a new security system. Sid’s team evaluated the client’s existing system and was able to reprogram it and offer advanced protection through the largest independent monitoring center in the country. In this way, Sid helped the client receive cutting-edge protection and monitoring services as well as cost savings since the client did not have to purchase a new system.
Outside of work, Sid is an avid networker. He is a volunteer at a local nursing home. He was the first official male member of the Montgomery County Maryland Chapter of eWomen’s Network, and he is an ambassador for the Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce. He’s on the welcome committee for the Potomac Chamber of Commerce as well. Sid consults for Network Referral Group (NRG) and a Costco national vendor. Passionate about fundraising and giving back to his community, Sid leads professional fundraising efforts and has sponsored a local pee-wee baseball team. As a relatively new BizConnect member, he looks forward to meeting many of you at upcoming events and on social media!
One does not have to be Sid’s client to be his network partner.