Investment Guides for Experts of All Levels

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As small to medium size business owners many times we are only thinking about investing in our businesses, our family and our fun, however, we truly need to diversify our income. When we are ready to slow down the pace during our best years we need to create ways to bring in various streams of income. Some of the ways we can do this is through real estate (rental properties), investments, affiliates, and other businesses you may invest in where you are the silent partner and others are responsible for making the business grow.

Here is a great guide for experts of all levels by Clark Howard.

Jacqueline H. Waller
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Jacqueline Waller, the ATL Connector is the Founder/President of Connecting Atlanta. Ms. Waller, a sales and marketing professional with nearly 20 years of experience, has assisted numerous businesses in meeting goals and objectives for their revenue, market share and profits. She also believes in the power of your ‘network is your net worth’, being a social butterfly, she has connected with hundreds of people whom she has brought into Connecting Atlanta where they have launched their businesses, moved from struggling into sustainability and provided opportunities for others to connect to build! Her background extends from collections, finance, underwriting, and information technology.

The Founder of LinkedIn Says Too Many of Us Are Using the Site All Wrong

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While it could seem natural to decline a Facebook friend request from a stranger, the dynamic on LinkedIn is much different.

If you use LinkedIn, you’ve undoubtedly received invitations to connect with people you’ve never met or may never meet in your life.

The more you stay on the site and the more you gain prominence in your field, the more requests from strangers you’ll get.

And while it could seem natural to decline a Facebook friend request from a stranger because you don’t want to give them access to your personal information and photos, the dynamic on LinkedIn is much different.

You may think that because it’s a social network for professionals, you should accept all invitations and see which of them stick.

It’s the approach that Keith Ferrazzi, the author of Never Eat Alone and a management consultant to Fortune 100 companies, took for years. Not long ago, Ferrazzi wrote in the 2014 updated edition of his best-selling career guide that he had the privilege of meeting LinkedIn’s founder, Reid Hoffman, and discussing the site with him.

“‘You’re doing it all wrong, Keith!’ That is, in essence, what Reid Hoffman told me when I told him how I was using LinkedIn,” Ferrazzi writes.

Here’s the gist of what Hoffman told him, as written in Never Eat Alone (emphasis ours):

“LinkedIn is a closed network, and for a very simple reason: For the network to have value as an introduction tool, the connections need to have meaning. It’s up to you to vet each and every request so that if someone comes to you and says, ‘Would you introduce me?’ you’re in a position to evaluate whether the connection would be of mutual benefit.”

You can read the rest of the article here.

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Richard Feloni is a strategy reporter at Business Insider. Richard joined BI in Oct. 2013 and covered the ad industry up through the Super Bowl. He previously reported in Brooklyn and wrote for alt-weeklys and newspapers in Boston, his home… Read more.

Three Keys to Creating the Right Type of Network

Have you ever wondered what it took to create the right type of network, what it actually takes? There are three keys to creating the right types of relationships.

  1. Creating Positive Interpersonal Relationships

Interpersonal relations in a professional environment serve a critical role in the development and maintenance of trust and positive feelings in an organization. Although the quality of interpersonal relationships alone is not enough to produce productivity, it can significantly contribute to it. The most basic unit of wholesome human interaction, either verbal or physical, is acknowledging another person’s value. When you learn how to let people know they are valued in both your business and personal life, your relationships will be strengthened in both areas.

  1. Your Network is your Net worth

Commandment #8 in The Hustlers 10 Commandments book written by Hotep, states, “It’s not WHAT you know or WHO you know.it’s who knows YOU!” Truer words have never been spoken. If you think about it, nothing ever really gets done in business until you have met the right person. When you have met the right person, they know you and they like who you are as a person. Even if you meet the right person, but have not created the appropriate interpersonal relationship, your network will not grow and your efforts will be lost. Truly developing your interpersonal relationships will grow your network exponentially.

  1. How to make the right connections to move towards your goals.

When you combine the right type of relationships with the right connections together and then understanding how to develop the right type of interpersonal relationship, will take you to the next level in your goals. Having the right types of connections will push you forward in your goals and missions in life. We can accomplish this through networking events, social media, friends who require you to stretch as a person and just being out in the right types of social environments. Always remember, if someone has more to offer than you, offer them something first. In China, Guanxi is the way the Chinese describe their social and business relationships built over years. Building Guanxi over years requires trust and understanding but also gift giving. Giving gifts or ideas is the quickest way to gain trust and grow a relationship. This is allows them to know that you value their time.

 

Jacqueline H. Waller is the Founder of Connecting Atlanta, a company that specializes in connecting business owners to products and services that will help grow their business. She is a popular radio host with her own podcast, called, Connecting Atlanta Radio where she interviews successful business owners who are making a positive impact in their communities. Ms. Waller’s expertise was attained by working for 12 years in marketing, sales and human resources. Her expertise is in Social Networking, Marketing, Business Development, and Sales. If you need any type of business connection she is the number one Power Broker in Atlanta, you can contact her through www.connectingatlanta.net

Your Network Works Only if You Work it

Your network works only if you work it. Your network is your net worth!

 

BLAH BLAH BLAH

We hear that all the time, but truly what does that mean to you as an entrepreneur? Networking is not selling your products and services all the time without offering value in return. I always recommend finding out what someone else needs first, finding out how you can help them. Ask yourself, do they need to know someone you know to help take their business to the next level? Is there a service you can offer at no cost to show them you value the relationship? I am not saying to give everything away, just to create a dialogue which will give that person a reason to want to talk with you because they will know you value their time and working relationship.

Have you ever thought about whom you surround yourself with on a regular basis? What type of “real” lifestyle your closest friends live? I bet you will find out you live in the same income bracket they do because we have a tendency to surround ourselves with others who are like-minded and make us “feel” comfortable about ourselves. What if you forced yourself to live outside of your level of comfortableness and started surrounding yourself with those who will stretch and grow you? This truly allows you to network with others who can help you take your mind, your family and your income to the next level. 

If you want to grow, surround yourself with people who have achieved the level of success you desire of who at least have the ability to move up and take you with them. I was hanging with a friend on the 4th of July and though we have been living in Atlanta the same exact time frame he truly seems to have a lot more success than I do at this point. Realizing that stretched me and forced my competitive spirit to want to grow! Now, I can’t wait to find ways to stretch my thinking and my way of doing things so that I might achieve the level of success I am striving for. 

As one of my old mentors used to say and created a whole brand around it, “Stretch Yourself

 

Jacqueline H. Waller is the Founder of Connecting Atlanta, a company that specializes in connecting business owners to products and services that will help grow their business. She is a motivational speaker, avid business connector and networker, popular radio host with her own podcast, called,Connecting Atlanta Radio where she interviews successful business owners who are making a positive impact in their communities. Ms. Waller’s expertise was attained by working for 12 years in marketing, sales and human resources. Her expertise is in Social Networking, Marketing, Business Development, and Sales. If you need any type of business connection she is the one you turn too, you can contact her through www.connectingatlanta.net.