The Top 7 Pet Peeves of Advanced Networkers

The Top 7 Pet Peeves of Advanced Networkers

Let’s face it: When you attend as many networking events/groups — as the Advanced Networkers in our Promote Her Business community — in addition to accumulating business cards, it’s also easy to accumulate pet peeves.

And sometimes it’s best to get them out in the open — not to be negative or create drama — but rather, to be able to articulate what’s not working — or not working as well as you’d like… so you can tackle the issues head-on and create the Ultimate Networking experience (which is exactly what we’re doing at Promote Her Business and appreciate your feedback too).

Here are THE Top 7 Networking Pet Peeves (I’ve heard about all sorts of networking groups over the years)…

Do any of these sound familiar? Or make you happy that other women feel like this too!!

1) Attendees Value Short-term Gains over Meaningful Relationships  

People only care about getting immediate business from you. And if you don’t seem to want to buy their products/services today, your relationship is over before it began.

2) Ego-centric 

People have no interest in what you do… they hardly ask you any questions. On the contrary, the only thing they care about is promoting their business until you make up an excuse to get away!

3) Not on the Same Page 

People don’t ask your permission before adding you to their list and/or are consistently calling you about attending events you never expressed interest in getting more information about.

4) Unwelcoming 

People act like they’re back in high school. They stand in circles with friends and make it very difficult for new people to break in. And when you talk, they nod their heads to pacify you and then, go back to their conversations, and never offer to introduce you to others.

5) Boring and Redundant

Sure, there are highly-repeated, old-school formats for networking — such as where people sit in a circle week after week and do the same 1 minute commercial until you know everyone’s commercials so well that you want to bang your head against the wall, fall asleep or give yourself a high-five for taking yourself to the next level of patience (lol).

And clearly, so many networking groups wouldn’t be boring their members with such an overused  format if it didn’t produce results, right? Or, could there be more interesting formats to achieve the same (or even BETTER) results –but it’s just easier doing what’s always been done? What’s interesting is a lot of the duplicated formats are done from a male paradigm — wouldn’t it be cool to explore what “doing business her way” could look like? 

6) Painful to Watch

Oh, and don’t even get us started on forcing people with an extreme fear of public speaking to present their business in front of a group… as a “perk” of being in a group. Seriously?!! It’s like giving someone with a fear of spiders the “perk” of holding a tarantula at the zoo.

Although we can’t argue that terrified business owners are entertaining to watch (rolls eyes…) — the reality is that a tortuous business presentation is usually ineffective since it focuses both the speaker and the audience on the Wrong Thing.

Instead of focusing the business owner on presenting their products/services in the best light; the business owner is focused on not passing out in front of the audience, and in turn, the audience is focused on feeling sorry for them (as opposed to focused on why they’d want to buy what they’re selling)!

7) In-authentic

And then, who hasn’t been to a “business” networking group (emphasis on Business),where people say that it’s all about “getting to know each other” socially, and it’s looked down upon to promote what you do? It’s always a bad sign, when you start to feel Guilty that your Passion in life IS to help people through your business. Instead, you feel peer pressured to say your passion is some hobby (which you haven’t had time to do … while you were working on your real passion — your business!)

So, how does PHB Create a More Empowering Context for Networking? 

Although our Promote Her Business community is far from perfect — and we genuinely want Your Feedback on continually improving— here are some things we can promise you:

1) Focus on Deeper Relationships: 

We don’t believe in card-and-runs (where people take your business card and never follow-up with you again) That’s why we have unique formats to build Deeper Relationships Faster with more people.  But don’t believe us, join us as a FREE Guest for PHB’s Virtual Speed Networking and build more win-win, profitable relationships while applying an Advanced Networking tip.  

2) Put the Spotlight on Others: 

PHB’s events are designed to have Women Listen, have Vulnerable Conversations, and Ask Questions about each other’s businesses (good bye ego-centric events!) We even go as far as to test our ability to promote each other during win-win 1:1’s.  PHB’s Global Networking Circle is revolutionizing how Advanced Networking is done … This is pretty cool given we’re doing “Business Her Way” right?!!  Also, inquire about attending a PHB Private Networking Circle as a 1X Free guest to experience PHB’s culture of care:) 

3) Culture of “Soft-Selling”:

Pushing things on people is not cool, and neither is spamming facebook groups! If you do this, PHB will not be a good fit for you. With that said, there is a difference between pushing others and promoting your business in agreed upon ways on our Friends of Promote Her Business public facebook. For example, feel free to participate in our Teach-Her Tuesdays (where you post 100% value pieces) or Promote Her Business Thursdays (where you can post any product, service, event you’re selling).  Join our FB group here. 

4) Collaboration over Competition: 

At PHB, we don’t do cliques — in fact, we design our events to get to know new people and to be peer mentors.  For example, during our virtual Women Entrepreneurs “WE” Market Group each month, you can compare best practices in promotion and ask other ladies to give you feedback on your marketing materials.  We also believe in collaboration over competition, so Women Entrepreneurs in the same industry can learn from each other and compare notes.

5) Advanced Networking: 

We believe there are many ways to get a successful result when networking — and using an overdone format doesn’t have to be one of them! That’s why PHB formats are very innovative and unique… and they aren’t like any other women’s group, business group, or networking group… we do networking PHB-style … very fun, very memorable, and highly rewarding! We even have a proven, proprietary Advanced Networking methodology to conduct Win-Win 1:1s and group chats. 

6) Speaking Perks:

The only people who get the “perk” of speaking are Women  who Want to be on stage. When you become a PHB Int’l member, you can apply to be featured during a PHB Power Talk Interview or for a Healthy-Her Spotlight.  As a Member, you will be on the journey to learn, live, and eventually mentor other women entrepreneurs in the 12 Principles to Promote Her Business. RSVP to attend PHB’s 12 Principles Learning Lab as a 1X FREE guest. 

7) Online and Offline Promotion: 

Women have been anonymous and hidden away enough over the centuries. We are called Promote Her Business for a reason, and we won’t bait and switch you when you join us. Yes, you will make new friends; yes, you can socialize; and yes, your business won’t be the only thing you talk about. 

But you will ALWAYS get to promote your business– without guilt. And we firmly believe in promoting your business and each other — Online. Offline. All the time.  For the more people know us, the more they think of us 1st and buy from Women Entrepreneurs 1st. We also are fans of leveraging our network and marketing talents to think bigger than our business and unite to promote our favorite causes too:)  #GossipForGood

What’s the Next Step?

Have some of your biggest pet peeves have been addressed in the Promote Her Business community?

If so, we invite you to consider joining us as a PHB International Member. Our program is 100% virtual, and includes Advanced Networking events via video conference and learning marketing/sales around your schedule.    

Our PHB Int’l members continually learn the best practices in marketing/sales year-round by striving to master The 12 Principles to Promote Her Business, peer mentoring each other, and building inspiring, win-win, profitable relationships throughout our global community.  

Once you become a Member, you can join or start a Private Networking Circle at no additional charge. You can then participate in an exclusive Circle of trust and support with the most supportive and purpose-driven Women Entrepreneurs you know:)

Here’s to promoting your business and each other: Online. Offline. All the time.

Jōs Hanan, Founder/CEO, Promote Her Business International

PHB’s Dream for Women Entrepreneurs

PHB’s Dream for Women Entrepreneurs

Promote HER Business has a dream that women everywhere will step into their power… and be the leaders the world’s been waiting for.

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We have a dream that women will speak out about their great products, great services and great ideas… unapologetically.

  • We have a dream that women will be PROUD of the brand called THEM
  • We have a dream that women will only create brands that matter and make a difference
  • We have a dream that women will leverage their network to promote each other and spread important solutions

We have a dream that women will create more companies that more women can rise up in.

  • We have a dream that women will get more funding than ever before
  • We have a dream that women will be independent and yet, delegate more
  • We have a dream that women will be gentle on themselves and take as many breaks, vacations and massage sessions as they need

We have a dream that women will do more than “disrupt” the world; they will “direct” the world on how to collaboratively progress.

  • We have a dream that women will stay abreast of what’s going on in the world and courageously stand up for what they believe in and be civically engaged
  • We have a dream that women will get on more Stages and be thought of 1st, so they can be bought from 1st  
  • We have a dream that “Mom-preneurs” will revolutionize what it means to be on the “mommy track”, so more women have role models of being on a lucrative, prestigious and family-friendly track 

We have a dream that when future generations think about “history’s best entrepreneurs” – they think of countless Women Entrepreneurs – and not only of men who started in their garages.

We have a dream that women won’t stop until they leave a legacy.

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Ladies… This Is YOUR Month. This is YOUR Year. This is YOUR Life.

We Believe in YOU. So, Dream BIG and Prove Us Right!

Plus, you are not alone. When you become a PHB International Member, we’ll be here dreaming with you!  

Here’s to promoting your business and each other: Online. Offline. All the time.

Jōs Hanan, Founder/CEO, Promote Her Business International

The Keys to Promoting Your Business

The Keys to Promoting Your Business

What are the keys to promoting your business as a Woman Entrepreneur? Here are Promote Her Business (PHB)’s 4 Fav Tips, which may make the biggest difference in your business this week: 

1) Do “Business HER Way”

For most of history, the masculine — a competitive, strong, and results-centric energy — has been regarded as “the energy” to step into if you want to succeed in business.  And at PHB, although we agree that the masculine has it’s advantages, we encourage you to consider doing “Business HER Way” more by stepping into your feminine power.  Why? Because your feminine power is an irresistible, loving, creative, and collaborative energy, which can help you become more attractive to your ideal clients than ever before. 

As Marianne Williamson — internationally acclaimed lecturer and New York times bestselling author — once said: “Feminine power isn’t something we go out and acquire; it’s already within us. It’s something we become willing to experience. Something to admit we have.”  

Specifically, one way to step into the “collaborative” spirit of the feminine is to start thinking of the world in “WE” instead of “Me”.  So, instead of thinking about how you can convince, persuade or cajole your ideal client into buying your product/service… think as if you are already on their team.  Coming from the space of “we are in this together” — and you would only recommend what’s best for your team (which includes both you and them) — what would you suggest?  And how does a feminine, collaborative energy– as opposed to competitive “I’m going to sell you” energy– make a difference in how you approach both your marketing and sales process?  

In addition to collaboration, it’s also important to explore the types of feminine power that have fueled many women and entrepreneurs business’ and can fuel yours too.  These 9 POWERS can be summarized as the power to: Spend, #GossipForGood, Care, Collaborate, Flow, Emote, Role Model, Be Vulnerable, and Create… and we go into depth on each type of feminine power in our “Your Power” Principle of Promoting Her Business eCourse when you become a PHB International Member.   

2) Think like an Advanced Networker

Before Covid-19, many Women Entrepreneurs’ strategy heavily relied on in-person events and in-person networking groups… and then, everything shifted.  We are in a “new normal” and Virtual Networking is critical to keep building win-win relationships as Advanced Networkers, especially in our climate of uncertainty and disruption.  Check out how to be a FREE guest at PHB’s next virtual event here

But what if in addition to building relationships with PHB’s global community, you also want to form even deeper connections? What if you’re longing for a more exclusive circle of friends and strategic alliances… whether that’s face-to-face via video conf or eventually in-person?  

When you join as PHB International Member  (100% virtual), you also have the option to  join or start a Private Networking Circle at no additional charge. You can then participate in an exclusive Circle of trust and support with the most supportive and purpose-driven Women Entrepreneurs you know, while using PHB’s one-of-a-kind Advanced Networking format:)

Now think about your own business.  What are the areas in your business that can be fully automated and virtual versus which aspects of your business need a deeper connection?   What is a “click on” versus where do your ideal clients really need to “click with you” personally?

3) Surround Yourself with Peers who Care

Someone has to say it: If you are only relying on yourself to succeed, it’s way too easy to fail.  

  • Why?  Because you are too close to your business to see what you’re missing 
  • Why? Because you are most likely to let yourself off the hook and not hold yourself accountable to the little things that over time add up to the Big Results in your business. 
  • Why? Because it’s really LONELY to be a Woman Entrepreneur, and just because you’re in business for yourself doesn’t mean you have to be by yourself…. Get peer support, and sooner than later (from both women who understand your industry and from those who think outside of it)! 

So, specifically, how do you surround yourself with more peers that care? For one, RSVP for our next FREE Virtual Speed Networking.  In addition, once you become a PHB International member, you will also receive peer support during our Women Entrepreneurs “WE” Market Group via video conference: This online event is a combination of networking, discussing the best ways to promote your business, and asking other women for feedback on your marketing! 

4) Learn Best Practices in Marketing/Sales Year-Round 

Learning the best practices in marketing and sales year-round is critical to continually moving our business forward — and staying at the top of our industry.  For even if we decide to delegate the implementation of marketing/sales (which is a smart idea), it’s still important that we — as CEO’s of our business — understand the impetus for going with our proposed marketing/sales strategy, the time/effort/cost involved, and the realistic results we hope can be achieved. And we can’t confidently lead the charge — or relate to our team — if we don’t have our hand in the marketing/sales game.    

At PHB, we understand that Women Entrepreneurs want to learn the best ways to promote her business, and simultaneously, we don’t have tons of time to learn the low level details of everything.  Do you? We also know that many women owned businesses are lucky if they can learn 1 marketing/sales principle per month in addition to everything else they’re doing in their business, family and community.  

That’s why at PHB, we focus on just one of the 12 Principles to Promote Her Business each month for 12 months. This way, we explore all 12 Principles over the course of each year, so we can pull each other up and move toward collective mastery.  We’d love for you to join us as a Free 1X Guest at our next 12 Principles Learning Lab!  

Now pretend that you had moved toward business mastery (from strategic planning and marketing to networking, speaking, sales and beyond), and you had our entire PHB community rooting for your success.  What difference would being masterful make for you personally? What difference would it make for your business?   

So What’s Next? 

Now that you know the 4 Keys to Promoting Her Business, what are you going to do apply them to your business? 

Which of the 4 keys will make the biggest difference to your business this week?  Is your answer:

  1. Doing “Business HER Way,” 
  2. Thinking like an Advanced Networker,
  3. Surrounding Yourself with Peers who Care, OR 
  4. Learning Best Practices in Marketing/Sales Year-Round? 

**Go back to the corresponding section and take action, so you can unlock your business power!  

Here’s to promoting your business and each other: Online. Offline. All the time.

Jōs Hanan, Founder/CEO, Promote Her Business International