Monday, June 15, 2009

Are you giving FIRST?

When you network, do you give first?

Or are you looking for what you can get? Here at TBN our mission is to focus on what we give, not on what we get. Do you realize how difficult it is to change your focus??????????I don’t know if you do, but I used to not have that mindset. I did used to think that if I can take care of me me me me, everything would be alright. Of course that PERSON hasn’t existed for a long time, but it was not an easy conversion.

Changing your focus is a life changing feeling. Your attitude will change………………….your feelings towards helping will change…………………your friends will be different…………………..your business will turn around……………………..your business will grow by leaps and bounds…………………………….your clients will refer business for you………………………………….All of these changes have to do with your focus. When you focus on what you give to your clients, they will be your best salesman. When you focus on what you give your friends, you will have someone at your funeral, lol!

If you would like more information on our schedules or just want more information on the group, give us a call or just show up to a meeting.

Clayton R. Hicks
O – 866.945.4238
D – 937.671.6238

Monday, June 8, 2009

How can 1 contact increase your business?

Can you expect to sign a deal that pays you $100,000.00? Can you expect to land your first big client? Expecting these types of results could potentially keep you from ever networking again. You should be optimistic though that your new contact can lead to something better.

Meeting new people can change your life forever. Whether your new friend buys something doesn’t matter, what matters is you now have a new contact for your business. How can 1 new contact change your business? That question is only answered by you and what you do with that contact.

Maybe you should invite them to coffee……..Maybe you should invite them to next week’s meeting, but show up early………….Maybe, just maybe you should ask them how you can help them…………..

Focus on what you give and on what you get and your whole world will open up before your eyes……

Maybe you can help them find a job………….Maybe you can help them just find what they are looking for, with no worry about what you will get out of it and your business will change for the better no matter what..Referrals don’t always show up on a piece of paper in a meeting or through being made to use someone in your group that you don’t even know. Referrals always come through relationships though….always!

Your relationship can be built on helping one another reach their goals, though it doesn’t have to be built on being in the same room together. Your ethics will always show it’s face when you are faced with some type of adversity, whether your new contact needs a contact or really needs help with a new marketing tool.

What does a new contact mean to your business?

Clayton R. Hicks
O – 866.945.4238
D – 937.671.6238

Thursday, June 4, 2009

How do you Network Cincinnati?

Do you show up 15 minutes early to the meetings? Do you go up to people you don’t know and introduce yourself? Do you pass out your cards at every meeting? Do you accept cards from everyone at every meeting?

If you are not doing any of these things you may be missing the boat on building relationships. TBN does not promote passing out referrrals at each meeting, we promote building relationships so that your referrals are warm and ready!

Showing up 15 minutes early to meetings gives you a “golden” opportunity to meet the new people or to meet with someone in order to find out more about them.

Introducing yourself to someone new will make the new people more comfortable about being in a new place and allow them to be able to relax while networking so they can be themselves.

Passing out your cards at every meeting allows you the first step to networking, but not the only thing you should do to get a referral.

Taking each and every card that comes your way allows the ability to pass out that persons card to a possible referral.

TBN is all about opportunity that should be taken advantage of. Too many times structure limits your ability to truly network as much as possible. If you wish to have a schedule to our meetings, please send me an email at

Clayton R. Hicks
O – 866.945.4238
D – 937.671.6238

Monday, June 1, 2009

Benefits of Membership

First of all, thanks to all the members that have joined over the last 11 months. We are coming up on our first anniversary and we should reach 180 members by then. Because we have grown this quick in the past 11 months we are going to turn this networking HEAT up!

1. Ability to attend any/all 8 meetings per week

2. Send/Receive Email Blast to/from members on our LinkedIn group

3. Blogging

4. Start your own group

5. Your own webpage on the web site (can link to your business website)

6. 5 minute commercial to any/or all meetings about your business

7. Featured member on website (regarding your 5 min commercial)

8. Referral fee $25 for each person you refer and becomes a member

9. Membership fee $100 (affordable) per yearWhen you receive referral fees, your net cost for membership could be –0-

10. TBN is your source of Allies/Contacts for multiple businesses for youto use and refer to your business and family and friends contacts.

11. Start your own face-to-face TBN networking group, but you must be a member!

Please join us as we move into the future with more to offer our members in the coming months. If you have any questions or want to join see one of our board members or myself. Please visit

Clayton R. Hicks
O - 866.945.4238
D - 937.671.6238