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 Adland Digest FREE Edition #773
  Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Worldwide Holidays or Events for August 2010

1st August

Confederation Day: Switzerland.

Emancipation Day: Trinidad & Tobago.

People's Liberation Army Day: China.

2nd August

Discovery Day: Trinidad.

Freedom Day: Guyana.

3rd August

Independence Day: Niger.

Martyrs' Day: Guinea.

4th August

Independence Day: Burkina Faso, Jamaica.

5th August

Workers' Day: Iceland.

6th August

Accession Day: United Arab Emirates.

Farmer's Day: Zambia.

7th August

Battle of Boyaca: Colombia.

Republic Day: Ivory Coast.

8th August

Peace Day: Iraq.

9th August

Independence Day: Georgia.

National Day: Singapore.

10th August

Independence Day: Ecuador.

11th August

Heroes' Day: Zimbabwe.

Independence Day: Chad.

12th August

Queen's Birthday: Thailand.

Armed Forces Day: Zimbabwe.

13th August

Arequipa Week: Peru.

Independence Day: Central African Republic, Congo.

Women's Day: Tunisia.

14th August

Gohst Month begins: Taiwan.

Independence Day: Pakistan.

15th August

Independence Day: India.

National Day: Liechtenstein.

Republic Day: South Korea.

16th August

Il Palio, Siena:
Continuing in ancient tradition, the contradas compete on horses around the town square of Siena, Italy, every July 2nd and August 16th.

Independence Day: Gabon, Indonesia.

Republic Day: Dominican Republic.

17th August

Death of San Martin: Argentina.

18th August

Jashn: Afghanistan - celebrating liberation from the British, in 1919, and lasts for a week.

20th August

Istvan's Day - Celebrations marking the formation of Hungary.

Lovers' Day: Taiwan.

Independence Day: Senegal.

21st August

Independence Day in The Baltics:
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.

24th August

Independence Day: Russia.

National Day: Ukraine.

National Flag Day: Kazakhstan, Liberia.

25th August

Constitution Day: Paraguay.

Independence Day: Uruguay.

Independence Day: Belarus.

27th August

Independence Day: Moldova.

28th August

Chung Yuan Festival: Taiwan.

29th August

Independence Day: Uzbekistan.

30th August

Children's Day: Afghanistan.

St. Rose of Lima Day: Peru.

Victory Day: Turkey.

31st August

Independence Day: Kyrgyzstan, Trinidad & Tobago.

National Day: Malaysia.

Pashtunistan Day: Afghanistan

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Business Networking For Entrepreneurs - 10 Golden Rules to Maximise Your Investment

By Mark Buchan
           
Here are my 10 golden rules for entrepreneurs who, like me, have decided to engage in business to business networking.

Provide value: I call this "Pay it Forward" networking after the motion picture of the same name, always seek to provide value to another fellow networker before expecting value back from them. In this way you will be remembered more, for all the right reasons, by people who you have provided value for. People hate to be sold to so avoid trying to sell yourself by saying "I can do that for you" or "my company can do that for you". Providing value at first will mean giving without expecting a return. Do it for the joy of giving rather than the expectation of receiving.

Be precise: You must know exactly what you are looking for by attending a networking event. So precision in this circumstance means: not just knowing your target market but more specifically who in your target market you wish to speak to. Precision also means being precise in your message and thus clearly communicating what you and/or your business does.

Set goals: Whatever field you are involved in there is great value in setting goals for yourself. Make sure you have a monthly goal of how many networking events you wish to attend, how many authentic connections you want to make. Note that I have not said how much business you want to make. Whatever goal you set will be highly dependant on other people and so in my world is an unrealistic goal to set.

 
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Prioritise your time: This is a must. Don't mistake activity for accomplishment when it comes to networking. A good thing to do here is make sure that the events you attend either have people in your target market or have people who have access to your target market. Some people may become addicted networkers because they love being around people and that is nice, but ultimately I treat networking as a marketing tool that must deliver results. If it doesn't then its time to reprioritise my resources.

Measure your effectiveness: You need to know how effective your networking efforts are so continuously monitor and measure your success. This can then inform you as to what is working for you and what is not. Don't be afraid to call it a day on your activities that don't pay.

Be your own best advertisement: Ensure that you look and sound smart by making a good first impression. Always be dressed for business, as if you were meeting a customer. Avoid swearing or getting tipsy as these behaviours may signal a lack of self control.

Show sincere interest in the other people: Rather than just "going through the motions" become really interested in the person you are speaking to. Start to build a picture of them, not as your customer but a human being. What are their dreams, goals desires, where was their last holiday, are they a sports fan if so which one, so on and so on. Seek to build meaningful relationships that last for more than just one meeting. Nobody will "buy you" in just one 10 minute meeting although they will decide whether they like you or not. This is why the next point is important...

 
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Go for "small yeses": Don't attend a networking event thinking that you will make a sale that day - that would be considered a "big yes". If you do achieve that goal, well done, but that is not the point of the meeting. The first "small yes" is to make as an authentic connection with someone. Once you have achieved that you then go for the next "small yes" which is to have a reason to follow up with them, most preferably this will be by providing them with some value. Completing a series of these baby steps or small yeses is a good way to build a relationship, but it does take time. So manage your own expectations about what you can realistically expect out of the events.

Mingle and move on: Everyone in a networking event has, or at least should have, the same goal: making new connections. If you find yourself talking to just one person, or the same person if you attend a regular event ensure you change this behaviour and set a goal for yourself to meet more people. This may sound contrived and may strike you as a little engineered, but that is exactly what you need to do to make the event successful for you.

Use business your cards wisely: I'm a great believer in keeping my business card to myself, I will only hand it out to people who ask for it. If I don't know them I might reserve the right to even give them my card. Often people go to networking events just to collect cards for their database and to my mind that is a big no-no. I never put peoples names on a marketing list unless I have their explicit permission. I will only ask for someone else's business card if I have a reason to get back to them and I will make an obvious notes on their card as for the reason to get back to them i.e. provide them an article I have written or someone else's number who they should speak to - again providing value for them.

 

About the Author:

Mark Buchan is a business coach has recently started a year long experiment to uncover the pitfalls and positives of business networking. He writes regularly in his blog called "Does Business Networking really work?" which is designed to be informative but at the same time provide a humorous slant to the world of business networking. He provides practical advice about how to make the most of your time and resources while attending these events. Click here to go to his blog http://www.businessnetworkingcynic.blogspot.com

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