Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I am currently working on some research for a Blog I will write soon. I would value your thoughts on the following.

Over the 10 years of building Ecademy I have learnt so much from the community and the individuals within, about how they network. I have seen a recent change in the way that people here view Networking.

At the start, my observations were that people wanted to develop their sales, look for advocates and find direct selling opportunities.

Now, I am seeing a very different attitude emerge.....

Business Development.

I learnt 2 months ago from a Senior Chamber of Commerce member, that they could tell that an Ecademy member was 21st Century in their business strategy

He said that in most networking organisations people are using elevator pitches and selling to one another but on Ecademy the member is looking at ways to build their knowledge, innovate their services, find advocates and build collaborative teams,. They utilise facilities like Adam Street and Avanta, to hold meetings, plus others around the world.

This 21st Century attitude to building a business has enabled them to be focused on the customer, rather than HR and Office Management and has allowed them to innovate to their customers needs rather than sell what they want to sell. It has kept the business lean and less likely to fail through cash crisis.

I have created a Poll that I would value your vote on HERE

I would also value your thoughts on whether you 'develop your business' on Ecademy or 'develop your sales'. You could argue that developing your business does develop your sales, my point here is, which thought is with you when you touch the keyboard the most.

I would like you to be honest, especially in the Poll, do you really look for collaborative opportunities, knowledge and resources when you are connecting here? Or do you really look for sales?

I will create a Blog on the thoughts gathered here in the next 2-3 weeks.



Warm regards
Penny Power
Founder-Ecademy
Connecting Business People - through Business Networking
+447771 543478

To learn more about how Ecademy and how Social Networking can help your business, read my Blog Using Social Networks to grow your Business..

Also please read my latest Blog - Web 3.0 - 'Community, Tools and Intention' - how to achieve leverage though software and people

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Andrew Priestley

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny, I've worked with larger SMEs and so my comments are shaped by this context. Sales lives inside the business development framework. I do a lot of BDM coaching and they often think its sales training but it is more long-term strategic (i.e., capture management). Sales is the expression of that strategic direction and shows up as business performance. Sales training is certainly a strategic activity but in most cases I see that it carries a sense of urgent 'right here, right now, lets do business quick' which fuels that sense of the transactional. Have you seen the Sales Profile by the way? Won an award for it this year! (LOL) Andrew 'Pitch' Priestley Andrew Priestley

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

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David Mouriel

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

In my opinion both are important. Developing your business increase your benefits and developing your sales increase the probability of getting profits. David Mouriel foreign exchange trading

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Jim King

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Coaching Salespeople to Teach Themselves Right Answers Not "Canned" Solutions Your business and sales grow by developing deeper relationships with customers.

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Jim King

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

You develop yourself by being your own person, which connects with customers on a personal level.

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Rémy STEELCOX

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Dear Penny, You want me to be honest so I would reply that of course I am looking for sales when I am connecting ! This because sales are the sole incomes of my current project and also because I think that collaborative opportunities I would appreciate need to have time and means first ! Don't you think so ? Warm regads, Rémy

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Gordon Wheaton

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny, I am pretty much on here to develop relationships and network with people. Hopefully out of that will come more business for me, so hopefully my sales will grow. Regards Gordon

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Roberta Beattie

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

For me its both, I've met some really great people on ecademy, and lots of them have turned into business relationships as well. For my business people want to know they can trust me, and most of my clients come from word of mouth or people that have gotten to know me previously. I think I could count the number of random clients visiting my website and deciding to use my services on one hand. A lot of my business depends on people knowing that I will deliver on promises, and that we have the technical know how necessary to deliver a project on time and budget. Ecademy is a great place to meet interesting and diverse people from all walks of life, that you may never meet otherwise - thanks for that :) websites from £100 | demo edit your own site | custom design from £500 | testimonials

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Iveta D.

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny, Thank you for this great blog with a question that makes one think... People on ecademy really do care about people... and sales is about people. So as Val mentions above, even without noticing one develops both business and sales... and on top of that, also oneself personally. :-) At ecademy it is great that we have the opportunity to communicate and discover new answers... That is what inevitably gives innovative spirit to the business environement as a whole, and in terms of one's business, at least we keep alert and prevent market myopic situations. My sincere regards, Iveta

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Maria del Pilar Diez Calderon

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I am developing my selling skills to make a living from my own business Sunlit, mdp Tel. 01483 202581 View my page on Carrot

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Melody Chamlee

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I was lucky enough to have graduated directly into the tech bubble implosion and stepped out into an unsettling reality where no jobs were waiting for anyone for about a three years afterward. I made my way using the skills I had leveraging the internet to form an agency that was nothing more than the attention myself and a few friends put into our very polished marketing materials and a good set of power suits and hand-me-down laptops floating a big pack of student software licenses. This proved to be excellent training experience for later on when the market solidified a little bit and the same challenges resurfaced in a corporate environment where the same project management needs meet the same political challenges. There's little difference except you become a bit more grateful to be able to have things like health insurance and paid vacation days to stay in bed when you feel under the weather, and working at 3am really doesn't phase you. If there was ever an industry to graduate into during a soft economy, internet-based service industries are the softest landings of any possible outcome. I think for this reason such business ventures naturally appeal to resourceful individuals who would rather put in a little thought and do the strategy themselves rather than go trotting off to investors without smoothing out their business plan in a testing phase as a self-employed proprietor. That naturally tends to land plenty of clients just by nature of "already being there" doing what needs to get done. It takes a few years to realize the trick is to figure out what KIND of clients you want to work with. Everyday spare change is a non-issue. Everything you need to do to get the basics sorted has become autopilot. The only thing you hunt after at that point is a good challenge or a good cause. It's all cyclical though. Can never take any of it for granted.

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Izabella Chaves

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

[...] which thought is with you when you touch the keyboard the most. Connexions, Connexions, Connexions - but then I would say this? Yes, I would and with a hand on my heart. It is bad form trying to sell at people instead of developing even a minuscule of a rapport first. Business first - business of you, your product(s), your contacts base..... then sales. Try hugging your customers :-)

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Jacqui Hogan

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Although the end goal is sales, I'd say I mostly look for interesting connections, common interests, like minded people etc. For my type of business - consultancy - I absolutely have to develop trust through a relationship before anyone will buy from me. What ecademy does is give me another dimension to do this. I've also used ecademy for finding scarce skills, knowledge or ideas outside of my other networks. Especially where this resides overseas. I am very aware that I'm just scratching the surface in what this could do for my business. And I still like making connections with people face-to-face. Looking forward to your Blog, Penny! PS. I'll read your other 2 blogs too.

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Albert G. Tobler

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I understand business development more as conscious unfoldment of my work's quality rather than focusing on quantity. My experience is, that in the way my quality enhances the quantity of requests from clients progresses. That's my understanding of credibility. Happy clients are happy to write positive testimonials. Testimonials made public and personal experiences through honest networking that's the mix that creates credibility ... From this reason I see that a growing number of "sales" is an natural outcome from sustainable credibility - my way of business development :-) Albert G. Tobler (AC Accredited Coach) LondonCoaching CIC/London Meditation Utopia Village - Studio One 7 Chalcot Road - Primrose Hill London NW1 8LH

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Charlotte Howard

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I would have to say develop your business. When you do this the sales will follow. Get To Know More About Me http://www.CharlotteHoward.ws http://www.SuccessWithCharlotte.info

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Fergus "Voiceman" McClelland

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

To me, there is only one answer. I develop my business by talking with potential buyers. If there is no selling fit, I give as much advice as I can and let them go. Guess what? It works. It is the same ethos as Ecademy: "How can I help you?" If I can't personally provide - but I know someone who can - I pass them on to that person. Result? They trust me more, they like me more, and when my services fit someone they know, they pass me on. Ecademy has gone from small to huge in the few years I have been a member - and it is by obeying this simple rule: See if your offering can help. If not, see who you can suggest, wish them well - and let them go. It works for me! Fergus vocaltrademark.com podcastnow.co.uk

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Simon Rogers

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny - I hope the tribe are all well. I think you know this any way as we have discussed it before but for the sake of completeness. I think of Ecademy as a place where I develop my profile (brand) - that in turn creates interest which in turn generates sales which, during the sales/buying process, develops my business. Make sense? Best wishes, S

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Igor Kandziora

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

First I am in here to develop a good network and be a good helpful person to others and also back up good side knowledge and then go from there . This here to me seems like mountaineering , like preparing everything for a big expedition. Currently I do put together everyone and everything that would be necessary for a base camp.... And get inspired all the time what would be more necessary. Kind regards Igor

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Hans Anneveld

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Actually, I want to make the world a bit happier. And to stay a bit happy myself, it would be very good that business and sales develop. Hans "ArtKids" Anneveld

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Steve Thomas

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny and all, To be perfectly honest, I joined Ecademy to develop sales. Similarly I joined BNI to do the same. But along the way I discovered that if you are prepared to help others, they in turn are more likely to help you. If you take an interest in what other people are doing, or take note of what their profile has to say, or what hobbies they have, then often members will respond in kind. As a result my view has changed. In short, you start to build a virtual relationship with someone to the point where you can recommend each other to someone looking for a particular business solution. In essence, what we should be focussing on is sowing seeds that will help our businesses grow in years to come - and nurturing those seeds sown by other members. What I've also found is that by chatting to people and reading about their businesses, this often leads to the formation and development of an idea. How many "Wouldn't it be good ifs..." are out there? Often we can feel isolated and without people to turn to a good idea can often be scuppered before it is given the chance to succeed. So to turn things round a little, I choose to be a member of Ecademy to help develop my business and that of others. In turn, this will lead to a greater income for everyone, 'career' satisfaction, and hopefully fun. Cheerio for now, Steve Thomas How Can Video Promote Your Business? | www.SeeForYourself.tv

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Rajen Business & Digital Coach & Mentor Kantaria

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Developing sales techniques? Yes. Developing sales? Yes BUT only if services are offered to form a trusted network (of two or more) i.e mutual benefit and use. "Hunters" will not succeed much or in any long term beneficial terms. I expect they mostly get ignored or get short shrift. Rajen Kantaria WSI Web Management We Simplify the Internet +44 (0) 7985 029 469 www.wsiwebmanagement.com

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Richard "Video Talk" Street

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny, Here is my take, selling only really happens when people say No! In a community such as this we are here to learn and share, Build trusted relationships at which time whatever we have to say is then communicated, more inportantly received. Whatever someone has to offer no matter how good. If you dont like the person, people will go elswhere. Ecademy in itself is educating its members how to build business realtionships, they find out what works and what doesnt. How is it for you?, I am asked. I often explain that I do as much as I can to help others and from that they may pass me on to others. Mmm a bit risky they say!! A mind is like a parachute! It only works when its opened!! Business, as I am sure you are well aware of is mostly about timing. Ecademy is really effective for keeping in touch with people you like, who you value and would be happy to recommend. In a world of online systems, ecademy puts people back into business :) Sorry about the typing! I now talk not type! and watch not read!! Thanks for Ecademy Rich Street Video says it better

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Val (Waltraud) Waidhofer

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi, I somehow feel it goes vice versa. By developing the one you automatically develop also the other. That's definitely something I experienced during my short time with Ecademy. Cheers, Val

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Sue Smith

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Penny, You've asked an interesting set of questions: Does a business decide to be small by the choices it makes in startup? Does the business channels of communication shape its projected growth and can these early choices really effect the final size of the company? Is size a state of mind? The short answer is YES to all the above. Size IS a state of mind, and it's not just employee numbers. Look at innocent: the small 'big' fruit juice company. They may have lots of employees and use many traditional channels of communication, but they manage to stay looking small through their tone of voice and their presence on the web: you can blog with them, meet them on Facebook, view their Youtube page or get their monthly newsletter. When innocent launched, the public consumer were sick of the large conglomerates, so it benefits them to stay looking small. This attraction to the small, to fight for and support the underdog is the driving force behind many consumer decisions. As people build their mistrust of large corporations, 'small' becomes more desired. So if you're starting a business, small isn't such a bad thing. In the past there was a stigma attached to being small: you couldn't respond to time-sensitive demands, you weren't big enough to serve the needs. In this sense the traditional business model of growing the company quickly, hiring in full-time expertise, made sense. But times have changed. The internet has become one giant 'old boys' network, although it's not exclusive, but inclusive, isn't full of 'old boys' and it supports and encourages the exchange of information, processes and business strategies. The internet also opens up so many opportunities around the world. Its low cost outlay, minimum ongoing costs and easy access from any home or small home office means practically anyone if in a position to start their own business, can. And so we depart from the post industrial age on me-ism to the collaborative age of we-ism. Well if we're all out here trying to do the same thing, using the same networking framework, doesn't it make sense to share knowledge and build our networks? How big we decide to be when we startup depends on our state of mind - small or big? Hope this helps in some 'small' way:-) Happy blogging, Sue

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Denis Cahill

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

As a sole owner consultancy and business, Ecademy has proven to be an invaluable source of contacts and business advice. The answer is of course, I use Ecademy primarily for business development. I haven't yet found Ecademy to provide a market for my products and services, but I expect this will development with time and effort :) Denis Cahill Scorpius Solutions Ltd Mobile | Payment | Web Technologies www.scorpiussolutions.com

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Roger Molera

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Thanks Penny, My idea of joining ecademy was essentially to make friends, build networks and eventually grow my business.Am a people person, and therefore I value interactions that help create the ideals of friendship and share goals and common interests, this is the place from where business and eventually sales are created. Kind regards Roger

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Michael Heaney

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I do neither - I develop my ideas, hone my prejudices, re-evaluate my thinking in conjunction with many other experts who offer me their advice and expertise. I establish weak links with people I have never met that grow and firm up into strong friendships. I grow my range of contacts and build a wider pool of people I can refer to for advice and conversation. Business comes later - Its people I make contact with - If I wanted to make contact with business I would use Yell/ yellow pages. Its almost always a mistake to sell your products or services to your friends. They may re- evaluate your friendship as nothing more than a creepy way of gaining their trust in order to profit from the relationship established. Michael Heaney Benchwhistler Associates Ltd Planned People Maintenance - Enhancing the Performance of your most important asset Visit our website www.benchwhistler.com Know Better

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Josh Hoole

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I think it is definitely for developing the business, building relationship and sharing ideas for mutual support. And, yes, the by-product of that is the sales - it is also about learning about more efficient ways of working, about better software to do the job and better events to attend for example. Josh Hoole Development Consultant T: 020 7796 2144 www.it4communities.org.uk iT4Communities, 39a Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7JN iT4Communities is a programme of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Charitable Trust.

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Rajen Business & Digital Coach & Mentor Kantaria

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Here is a proposition: Ecademy is web based networking. The Internet allows businesses to reach resources they would not have had easy access to before, if at all. Small businesses have to be clever and leverage in order to find niches and innovate to survive.This has always been the case but Ecademy then affords and allows them the means and tools to globalise themselves, effectively a micro or midi globalisation on the back of macro globalisation trends and the reasons thereof. This "globalisation" allows small businesses who are forward or broad thinking to extend their own reach into areas they would not easily have been able to do before, if at all. It also alows small businesses to obtain competitive advantage rather than grow, per se, beyond what they would have grown anyway but by using Ecademy they would be able to grow quicker or survive longer. Using the same analogy as the growth of the internet, and I feel appropriately, we could term this Ecademy 1.0 Following the analogy, I would suggest Ecademy 2.0 came about by the growth of the Blackstar membership, allowing formation of larger collaborative partnerships and larger businesses. There have been many success stories. However, where these larger "partnerships" have utilised the "older" heirarchial management models they have struggled to survive or grow in the right direction or fast enough simply because they have forgotten their roots!! - The constituent parts left that environment just because of that structure and reconstituting that same structure under any different guise defeats the object of doing things in a different way which online networking is meant to allow them. The online networking methodology has to also evolve further and allow larger organisation to partake in some form or another - Ecademy 3.0. In this connection the 2020 Vision is appropriate but like everything else in the Internet world the evolution is likely to be much faster than this. Driven by? Not sure who will do so, whether the Big Business or the networking partakers - the ones who built up the system!! Food for thought......served up from a flip of the cooking pan...but may need to be cooked further. Interesting enough to be cooked nevertheless, I hope!! :) Oh, by the way, I see no reason why Ecademy 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 or subsequent additions cannot survive in tandem. They are alternatives and not mutually exclusive I would suggest. Rajen Kantaria WSI Web Management We Simplify the Internet +44 (0) 7985 029 469 www.wsiwebmanagement.com

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mark wing

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Reminds me of "The power of organising without organisations" Clay Shirky

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Penny Power

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Thank you everyone amazing to read the thoughts here and see the results of the Poll, that shows that 91% out of 141 votes shows that you are here to develop your business I am now going to look at all the thoughts you had in detail and will write a further blog about this, which I will post a link to here. My thoughts are that clearly you are all sophisticated in your networking and realise the importance of relationships and of business development. Something is missing though, and I feel this is the way I have communicated, a lesson there for me. I would like to capture how YOU would have built your business' without sites like Ecademy in the past, as this is how those, non Ecademy members are still doing it, I was given a very interesting observation by a members who said that Ecademy is 21st century, unlike other traditional networks, (that are still very valuable) such as Chamber of Commerce and the IoD, they said from experience that those networks have 'corporate refugees' who come out of corporations and then create their own 'corporations' they take an office and employ a Secretary, then look to take on a Sales Director, a Finance Director so on. He said Ecademy members know that these skills do not need to be employed, they can be contracted. This was so powerful for me to hear, a light went on. So I ask, would our members always have been 'small business' in the past or do they call themselves 'small' now because they do not need staff, offices and all the trimmings of 'old style' business strategies. If I look at Ecademy as case study, we do not have offices, we have 4 staff on the payroll, yet we have over 500 events a month, 15,000 joining a month, in over 220 countries. We contract to skilled people who understand their niche, and are experts, they have to innovate to keep us as their clients and we know that we can focus our thoughts entirely on you, our customers. To build an organisation like Ecademy before the having the resource of Ecademy (to whom we find all our suppliers) would have meant having offices, large staff and time would have been spent on HR and facilities management rather than customer focused. Is the fact that the many of the membership here do not have staff mean they are small businesses, or is a reflection that they know how to collaborate and build business without staff and office? Warm regards Penny Power Founder-Ecademy Connecting Business People - through Business Networking +447771 543478 To learn more about how Ecademy and how Social Networking can help your business, read my Blog Using Social Networks to grow your Business.. Also please read my latest Blog - Web 3.0 - 'Community, Tools and Intention' - how to achieve leverage though software and people

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Lynda Smith

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I have only been a member for less than a month but without a doubt I am building a business and online presence. I am intentional in the way in which I am building and making connections. Relationships are the critical cog for me in growing my business. Sales will follow and I do not use this platform for that purpose. I have just finished reading " How to compete in a flat world" and this certainly helps one understand what the main ingredients will be of a successful connected business in the 21st century

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Doug Holman

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Evolving priorities?

Perhaps this is more about the weighting we place on different benefits. Rather like Mazlow's heirarchy of needs, if the base level functions (food, water, etc.) are not being met, that's where we tend to focus. For those joining Ecademy, short-term sales opportunities may well be the initial priority. Nothing intrinsically wrong with that but there are infinitely greater benefits available. These are the opportunities for learning - by participating in club events, attending training courses, meeting people with different perspectives and developing a personal network where mutual advocacy can take place. As we climb through the levels towards self-esteem and self-actualisation, we see how winning by sharing works. When we put the theory into practice, we discover that sales are a consequence of the application of best practice. So I would suggest that the emphasis should be on learning how to develop your business which in turn develops sales. Doug Holman Helping businesses to GROW FASTER using simulation-based business games. Where the quest for success drives a yearning for learning! New Dimension Enterprises Ltd. Grayshott, Hampshire, UK

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Muchina Thuo

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny, Thanks for asking that question. I would also value your thoughts on whether you 'develop your business' on Ecademy or 'develop your sales'. . I will tell you that, when ever i try to entice guys to join Ecademy, the question i get more frequently is : Will i get people to buy from me? Sometimes ago i asked this question but i got no reply Here is the blog . The protection law of private members (borrowed from UK is rely a hard nut to crack here). However, i remain optimistic about some progress made so far.I will break no law but i will use the same law, to achieve the noble goal. Nice weekend guys! Warm regards Entrepreneur, Muchina Thuo My passionate appeal to the fellow Africans across the globe, lets joinOne Global Family Network.Meanwhile, Have a lovely time here and keep enjoying yourself. www.streamtech.co.ke Kindly, feel free to catch the development of Kenya's BPO right here

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Bill Warry

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Although I have voted, I find the question phrased in a way that is very difficult to answer. I like doing what I do, and seeing people's enjoyment of what I offer is part of what I enjoy, but I need to make enough money out of it to function. Ecademy suits me to a T because it allows me to get to know a lot of people in an informal way and out of those, I find people whom I like and who like me ... and alliances and synergies, and customers and suppliers... and it all just falls into place, slowly but surely - and hopefully fast enough to allow me to keep doing what I enjoy. Best regards, Bill Warry Chateau Select Wine Club

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Clint Adams

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny, Thanks for your message. Oops, I've already peeked at the voting results and I've read many of the comments related to your query. It seems like we're all in the majority here. It's all about people, not necessarily sales. Many of us are in very unique positions, careers with very specifically-defined and particular markets to cultivate. I may never make a 'business' connection on eCademy, but that's OK. Becoming a member of eCademy has made me feel less alien in what I do. I enjoy corresponding with other passionate entrepreneurs who are just are motivated as I am; they inspire me (I hope I've been able to do the same for them). This is why I'm an eCademy member. Best wishes to you and all your members, Clint

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Mike Harmon

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

The services my business offers are rather "niche" and not something that can easily be sold to people. I customers want what I offer, they are usually looking for it on teh internet so I just need to ensure that I can be found as my starting point. The reason Ecademy works for me is that people have recommended people like Nikki Pilkington to do the search engine optimastion that I can't do. That gets me more visible so very definately, Ecademy improves my business which then allows my sales to happen. I consider time spent in Ecademy working ON my business and not IN my business. Mike Harmon Naturopath & Cosmetologist

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Nikolay Kryachkov

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Penny, I wouldn't separate business/sales from life. Life can be without business/sales, business/sales can't. That's why the way from Knowledge Workers to Knowledge Persons matters, I think (see: 3. From Knowledge Workers to Knowledge Persons, Who Knowledge Persons are, 1000 Knowledge Persons on LinkedIn). Nikolay

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Graham Jones

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?- Neither.

I'm not sure I do either of these alternatives. I just "hang out" with people whose company I enjoy. If that happens as a by product to lead to development or sales I'm happy. But my goal in life is a simple one - be happy. Sure, business and money helps, but I suspect on my death bed I won't be saying "gosh I wish I'd had more business development over the years". Instead, I suspect I shall be reflecting on all the people I have shared my life with. I am a real "people person" and that's what Ecademy provides me with - access to lovely people who are willing to share their time with me. The development and the sales are merely a lovely bonus. One thing, as a psychologist I have noticed about people on Ecademy (and other organisations) is that those with the best businesses tend to be those who are happiest with life generally. I'm convinced that aiming for general personal happiness, rather than a specific business goal, actually makes it more likely that those business goals are achieved. In other words, don't focus on the details - look at the big picture and the details look after themselves. Graham Jones Internet Psychologist Download my FREE report on Internet success - http://www.grahamjones.co.uk/success.htm Join the Ecademy Internet Marketing Club Tel: 0118 336 9710 Fax: 0118 336 9711

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Rajen Business & Digital Coach & Mentor Kantaria

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I would suggest that Ecademy is a great place to fill in any gap that a serious business person sees in order to develop his or her business, whether it is sales, business fulfilment, customer services, recruitment, business processes etc etc Used in an imaginative way it can also allow a business to extend itself, again in whichever direction the business person wishes to. Building trusted relationships is, of course, a necessity and online activity is an important aspect. Some will have done business without a F2F but others may not have been that comfortable. I would suggest that Ecademy is a flexible and vibrant marketplace where givers and receivers show their areas of expertise with self-matching with mutuality of purpose. Rather like relationships between a flower and a bee! All businesses need to utilise basic principles whichever way or method they do the business. It may be that members joined to get knowledge about sales and, having gained that, using it to move onto the next stage. After all there is life after having done a sale which also needs looking after!! A possibility is to conduct a survey showing the monetary amount of business received by members from other members, allocated to the basic business processes. This will eventually give a general trend as to which part of the business the current members seem to be at. Will, I am sure, be useful for Ecademy to target its own marketing efforts! More importantly it will give a platform to a budding statistician amongst us!! :) of Rajen Kantaria WSI Web Management We Simplify the Internet +44 (0) 7985 029 469 www.wsiwebmanagement.com

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Mike Fesler BizHarmony

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

This is very simple for me. When you are in the woods all day playing lumberjack. . . and you have a sharp ax? It makes the day go smoother, problems fall one at a time before you, profits soar, and I enjoy tangible, noticeable results of a days hard work. So yes I have / do utilize Ecademy to refine my business (to Sharpen my AX). But it is a dual sided ax. I utilize the pay it forward mantra and find that what goes around always comes around. This is a law of physics that is proven over and over again since the beginning of time. The laws of cooperation are over competition almost everytine. Blessings, Mike Fesler V.P. Business and Strategic Development C4 Global 86 Highland Drive Indialantic, FL. 32903-4642 tel: 321.733.5452 / mobile: 321.759.8983 emfesler@IBMgmt.com / MFesler@C4GlobalHQ.com http://www.c4globalhq.com/ SKYPE ID = mfesler Corporate Amelioration Specialists: Sequential & Strategic Business Development, Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Operational Enhancements.

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Kent Anderson

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi penny , we need to focus globaly on the people the individual ideas FUTURE . FUTURE the word can help all been ..12 Years of my life PS i am looking for Business Partners best KGA www.futurevisionaries.com FUTURE sm/tm Kent G anderson 925 N Griffin Bismarck ND 58501 home 701-223-0639 milmntec@btinet.net www.futurevisionaries.com

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Keith - PhotoVideo - Nicol

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Devellop your business, and if there is a true connection, this may result in sales. I think the joy of ecademy is that 'word of mouth' or in this case 'type' is probably what may end up with leading to sales. If I can put two or more people together that I think would combine well, then I shall do so, and I know others have done the same for me. The cliche, 'what goes around, comes around', is very true in ecademy, but on a positive spin for a change as everyone is looking out for themselves and others. By developing my contacts, this leads to added inner knowledge, an insight as to how other sides of the business world work, and if synergy happens, fantastic. If I don't make any sales, I'm still learning all of the time, and that can only be a good thing. Cheers, Keith www.PhotoVideoSpain.com www.CostaBlancaOnView.com www.TalkFusionVideo.com Providing video, photography and entertainment services for the Costa Blanca and beyond. Specialist in Research and Development. email: videoKeith@mac.com

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Baiju Solanki

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I joined Ecademy some 6 months a ago and I have met some fantastic people. My initial reason for joining was to develop my business; the consequence of developing my business is to generate sales. However how do sales come about? Well people need to trust you, believe in you and see some benefit in what you offer. It comes down to our intention. What is the reason we want to meet people - build relationships, gain knowledge, be social or just get business. My intention is to develop myself, because this will result in me being at my best for others. To be able to know I touch others in a positive enlightened way will mean my business will benefit. Regards Baiju Solanki Ei Performance Coach baiju@pctconsultancy.com www.performancecoachingandtraining.co.uk www.developingcoachingcultures.com 07968 533918

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Allan Clare

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi, With me being in Training, i would have to say i would develop my business, as i dont really have sales. Employers contact me regarding training who have been told by the LSC & UKRLP etc what training is needed and who is better to get the training from. Allan Clare AWC Training www.awctraining.co.uk

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Rémy STEELCOX

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I do think that we can develop our sales in order to develop our business but when we develop our business we don't always develop our sales. Developing our business can mean developing the counfort which is needed to work better in order to develop our sales later. When the general economic situation is not as good as we should like, we have interest to develop our business possibilities to use them when the general economic situation becomes better. Keeping in mind that things will always go better is the best way. By that way we always attract people who have the same way of thinking and if they want to develop themselves a project it is also possible that they want to work with you. Nothing is better than to work for a project we like together with enthusiastic persons. This always brings pleasure and good results. So don't hesitate to develop your business or develop your sales always with a positive mind and pleasant persons. That's only my way of thinking. I wish you good luck and all the best for you. Kind regards, Steelcox

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Mohannad Awamleh

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Raising the sales by finding new market places and the income will be used to develop the business as to reach the customer satisfaction

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Vellyslav Petrov | BrandMover

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Thank you very much for your invite. I really made some unique and high-quality relationships here. Awesome relationships! Relationships which can turn in lifetime friends and values. Human touch, which you can't find on LinkedIn or XING. For some ambitious coaching and chit-chatting clubs it could lead to business. But it's not Business or Sales for me. ecademy is Social Equity. Brainstorming. Knowledge and support sharing. Friendship, Future-ready vision. I develop my business with a Business Process Modeling and Management system. It takes Commercial Intent to develop Sales. That's why we sell through a lead generation, conversion, tracking and support CRM system. Let's say you have 2 visits of your profile per day. You could add a friend, but to sell our business development system I need hundreds of visits by CEOs on our website, in order to convert few of them that day. Thanks Google we have them ;-) If you boost the traffic on your website several times, Sales will develop (increase) with %%. Why? Simple math. 1% to 7% conversion. Only Results matter. Warm regards to all friends here, thank you Velly much! Vellyslav Petrov Brand Performance Manager See you at the top! P.S. Hope that Mr. Power is reading his inbox. We have a great project for ecademy development here in Bulgaria, but who cares ;-)

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Bano Younus

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Penny Thanks for the invitation to add a comment to your blog. It is a very good question. Developing the business is primary to success, although success in business also depends on making sales. In sales, people buy from those they know and trust. Sales are a by product of the business and a natural result of helping others, by adding massive value through products or services that are required by the client or customer. It is great when that happens, and is a bonus. In conclusion, both are necessary to achieve success. In balance and not either/or. Here on Ecademy, I think it is best to develop relationships and not sell as we are in a community with diverse individuals, all are here to build their businesses and help each other. The way of the future - for business - is through relationships. Best Wishes Bano Bano Younus CEO Creative Management Services Providing Holistic Solutions for Lifestyle Management Energy Healing, Health, Wellbeing Natural & Organic Health Products Personal & Professional Development Events & Training www.Bano.SuccessUniversity.com www.TheClubEntrepreneur.com/Bano

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Naz Daud Franchise Business Opportunity

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny, I am currently using Ecademy to develop my business... I am not trying to sell to other members. I think that this niche of providing a platform for business individuals to run, manage and improve their business model has not yet been truly satisfied. Hope this helps, Naz

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Richard White

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny Ecademy has evolved over the years I have been a member. Although I may be wrong but in the old days most of the activity was around meeting online and offline and not on selling. I think most of the people who are just into pushy sales tactics do not get much joy here and fade away after a flurry of activity. A couple of year ago I helped William Buist and Judith Germain analyze the value people were getting from BlackStar using my Customer Archetypes process and was quite surprised top find the biggest single group of people where what we called 'The New Entrepreneurs' - these have been called by others as the Corporate Refugees. Intelligent, ambitious, and talented people who have left corporate life in the last 5 years and have enjoyed some success but who are trying to find the right combination or business model. They value the challenge and the input from others and the affiliation with people on the same journey. Whilst I, like many others, originally joined Ecademy for business development purposes (ie generating referrals) I soon found that it is so much more than that and I have received and given valuable help with no strings attached. When ever I meet people we end up talking about people on Ecademy and people and clubs. To some people it may seem a little sad but it is so much more than a website! Best wishes Richard Free online sales training for people who HATE selling!!! Are you getting enough business from networking? - Join the Lead Generation Masterclass and start immediately developing more leads from networking sales coaching | business development coaching | business development coach | sales lead generation tips for effective selling free sales techniques free sales training online free sales skills

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mark wing

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Having voted on the poll... I think I said everything I wanted to say on that thread... I have made some great business relationships on Ecademy. Their combined knowledge and influence has enabled me to adapt my business to changes in the market and has given me new confidence in the vision I have for my business. It's hard to find time to work 'on the business'... always too much to do 'in the business'. But somehow, being a part of Ecademy means I am naturally working 'on' my business, as friends and colleagues here challenge me regularly to do so.

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David Winch

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I would definitely say I develop my business on, and more probably through Ecademy. I like to meet people face to face so I can build relationships with them.  So, before or after hours, I go to networking events, and I use Ecademy to find some of them. I go to networking events for four key reasons:To meet strangers (I can meet people I already know at any time!) To recruit and train my surrogate sales team To be recruited and be trained into other people's surrogate sales teams To have fun!I also use networking events as sounding boards for new business ideas.  If an idea sounds great to you and nobody else, you need to know! And if I come across an interesting profile on Ecademy I will suggest a one-to-one as the opening move. My philosophy is:Give people the chance to get to know you and like you When they ask what you do, tell them!  Not who you are (the job title on your business card); not how you do it (your procedures - your trade secrets even); but what you do for your clients, ".... which means that ...., which means that ...." Tell them how to recognise one of your clientsThey might well then be able to think of some of their clients who could do with your help too!  And if they don't right now, who knows what may happen tomorrow! All the best, David

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Parag"Wealth Creator Shah

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Parag Shah INDIA. Associate, http: www.gaggle-international.com Finance, Commodities & Metals Multiple Life Insurance Solution providers. Mutual Funds Investment Consultant. Hello! Dear Friends, I read here all telling (many saying) that they develop business and less develop sales. According to me both are two sides of the coin, unless one doesn't build rapport, aware what he or she is doing, at the right platform and right time how they are going to generate business. In other words unless one have an excellent and methodical approach, success is difficult! Isn't it a kind of sales of onself? Win or lose, always keep in contact! I wish to follow: Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Although in the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. By saying this I mean if one's sales is proper it's bound to deliver goods-business! If there is proper sales of your work, activities, developing relations, image, wisdom, knowledge and so on; Business is going to surface on the stage. The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. I have tried to be honest in my opinion and my intentions are not to heart any one! By faith and love. Parag Shah

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Ian Gilyeat

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I think developing your business is the best way to build long-term relationships and to offer value to others. Ecademy, has been a great place to find many independent thinking individuals that are self-employed and are interested in building many relationships. On the flip side, I have found it very difficult to find companies of size or contacts within companies of size. From what I have seen sales have been more likely to come from companies with some size and heft than the many independent thinkers and the self-employed. So although I value the relationships I've gained on Ecademy, sales has not been one of the outcomes of these relationships. Ian

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Edwin van der Pol PVRA

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

As a relative new member to ecademy I cannot say how and when it has changed, however my experience is that it is all about developing relationships, and through that forming relationships and seeking opportunities to work together. We all have our products and services that can help each other in life and doing businiss to create an even more useful and happy company. With kind Regards Edwin van der Pol 3D Change www.3dchange.co.uk

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Henry Lu

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For Startups, develop business first, sale will come later

In my business for startup companies, here in USA,it is develop business first and sales MAY come later. Business development is looking for long term and sales is the time for harvisting. Business develop is strategy play for many customers while sales is focused on each of the deals. Since I am working on mostly consummer space, the model is very different from triditional enterprise play and always challenged by many with "how do you make your money". It is a very different thinking specially in Internet space. There is no BIG DEALS and you need to aggregate millions of free customers to get some ad payment or something like that. These companies never spend lots money to hire a top sales but willing to hire a great marketing guy to do business development. And mostly, these guys need to be top networkers for sure..

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Fraser Hay

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Me? I develop myself, at the same time as developing relationships with other people. I engage them. I help them, and I ask for their help, assistance and support, I invest in myself by investing in others to develop me, and develop good realtionships with these people too, which in turn, develops my business, and creates an endless pipeline for sales? I now have over 387 testimonials on Ecademy alone, and contacts all over the globe, who are always keen to share the gossip, the news, the latest, give me great market feedback, and refer me excellent opportunities, and I reciprocate ;) Sometimes, in helping others, it means enlightening them that they might have to invest in them too, for real breakthrough results. Offering to help someone is one thing - offering a solution that can save or make them thousands, that requires a minimal investmetn of time or money - isnt selling - its recognising solutions to people's problems. Quite often, people don't want to invest in helping themselves - and nothing will change that or the perception of other's approaches. I try to help others with the likes of my FREE webinar to help them identify the marketing issues, challenges and obstacles that are holding them back. Some people are too focussed on trying to GET sales, or GET "one up" on others. It's time to change your approach - it's time to start developing a sense of GIVING, and start demonstrating how good you are and start helping others. It takes time to develop trust in others, and relationships, but it takes even more time to build a solid foundation and reputation for delivering on your promise. That's what develops your business long term. Fraser Fraser J. Hay P.S. What are you doing on the 29th May? Be my guest at this workshop? 1265 Testimonials. 387 of them - HERE. © Fraser J. Hay, 2008 All IPR protected by www.reactinsurance.com

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Ian J Rogers

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

As a relative newby to ecademy I cannot comment on how it has changed, however my experience is that it is all about developing contacts, forming relationships and seeking opportunities to work together. It is definately not about sales per se. I have found ecademy very powerful in its ability to make connections with like minded people that then generate an opportunity that may not have arisen otherwise. This then goes on to generate business in its combined force. I believe the power of attraction from a group is far greater than the sum of the individuals. Ian Rogers A F Consulting ian@afconsulting.biz

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Lucas Wyrsch

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Contacts are key to serendipity, chance, luck and opportunities

The Chinese, who use 关系, know about the importance of relationship and networking天时地利人和 or in pinyin "tianshi dili renhe" means to meet at the right time the right person at the right place! You only need very little education, like Thomas Edison, who only went three months to an official school, but you need a gigantic network if you want to become successful and lucky!It's like looking for gold, you need quantities of earth and rock to extract some grams of gold!Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie, the richest men hundred years ago, worked both as telegraph operators and it was this job that worked like a magnet, as thousands of successful, intelligent, rich and powerful Americans went to the telegraph operators to dictate them in short sentences messages of capital importance. The job as telegraph operators offered Edison and Carnegie the best kept treasures of successful networks, the so called mastermind groups, Napoleon Hill describes in his book "the law of success". Mark Zuckerberg had understood the importance of guanxi, relationhips and networking as early as 2004 when he dropped out from Harvard to start his Facebook! Mark is today the younges self made billionaire ever! It's all about the magic of networking and relationships! Whoever spoils his time with traditional development of business or sales doesn't understand the importance of networking and relationships! It's all about luck, serendipity, chances, opportunities, optimal timing, networking and relationships! Mercantile thoughts like business development and sales only destroy luck, serendipity, chances, opportunities, optimal timing, networking and relationships! We all need to learn to be humble listeners instead of being arrogant salespeople and step by step more and more people start to understand this basics thanks to the Internet, thanks to social networking like Ecademy, I think! Just my two cents of input. - Lucas Join The Swiss Business Club - Join the GuanXi Game Club - And Join the Risk Consulting Club!

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Mindy Gibbins-Klein

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Developing the business and developing the sales channel, not developing sales per se. Over the past five years, I haven't changed my Ecademy strategy very much. I've always seen it as a place to meet new contacts, develop relationships (particularly with people I may not have met otherwise) and find ways to build synergies. I've been able to move my business on significantly as a result of meetings and discussions I've had at Ecademy and in the BlackStar club. I never think of it as a place to sell as I don't think people want to be sold to, here or elsewhere. As a few people have said above, sales will be a natural result or by-product of good networking, educating your contacts and developing your business and your message to the network. Mindy Gibbins-Klein The Book Midwife http://www.bookmidwife.com Want to write a book but don't know where to start? Get in touch with me and I'll help.

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Shelley Fishel

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny and everyone else here This is a really interesting question. As a new business start up I joined ecademy to make connections that would further my business. I did not really know very much about networking as this was my first exposure to it. Thankfully some lovely people put me right at the beginning about the best way to behave here and I have never looked back. I have met lots of great people who have helped me hugely either by offering advice, critique, or support in whatever I am doing. Being able to ask another business person a question or for their opinion is a great benefit. I have met some of these people off line either for coffee and advice or at the monthly events. I hope that I am able to add value to others by supporting them and sharing my knowledge with other members. The monthly events have high quality speakers and a high educational benefit. It is impossible not to learn something. Which is part of what ecademy is all about. Learning from each other and supporting each other and everything else will follow. So I have learnt that Networking is about developing relationships with others, which in turn lead to support and ultimately somewhere down the line, to sales. Happy blogging. Shelley :) Shelley Fishel Managing Director The Training Surgery Limited Training Take IT Personally www.thetrainingsurgery.co.uk Company number: 6387049 Registered for business in England and Wales

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Abdelrahman ("Abdo") Magdy

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Dear Penny, Thanks for the Blog. and yes sure. as it's here a social business network.social came first then you buy from someone who you already know! Or even get experience that will help you grow your business. and you grow personally. Best Regards, Abdelrahman Magdy Founder & CEO, Al-Adham Web Solutions http://www.al-adham.net

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Gina BLOCK

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

YOUR BLOG IS WELCOME. Those late days i was thinking of the real value of Ecademy and other networks of course. Have you ever heard of the "theory of simple exposition" which says that the more you are viewed the more people like you...Hope it is true! You are welcome: HERE and HEREall the best PINDARE.COM YOUR DYNAMIC CELL PHONE DIECTORY INCLUDING A LEISURE, SPORTS AND COACHING NETWORKING

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Akinori Koyama

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I would like to change something for me near future. Right now the staffs will get decreased as the president is too weak for the international business and he never understand and notice our advise. Then most of people will quit as his action cannot be available for each staffs. Our job for the surveillance system will be closed near future, so the end-user wil be worried about the maintenance control, so I and my boss would like to establish our own company as soon as i can, however we must save and get the donation. Right now we are worried about them. I must gather people and investment of people all over the world for them. But I don't have any question regarding to this issue. This is my mission. But I must do it as soon as possbile. Someone help. Regards, Akinori For my life and for ever **akinori.koyama@gmail.com** Be friends with all over the world

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Anne-Marie Loughnane

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hello Penny, I enjoy knowing what others in my field are doing with their knowledge and in which parts of the world they are operating. It is definietly more for developing business than sales. It is good to learn from one another.

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Edgar Bauer

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

hi penny, dear network-family, i use networking, and especially here on ecademy, as networking in regards to meet humans in the first place and not new business opportunities. whatever comes out from networking with "new" humans is secondary in the first place. for me (online-)networking is a modern way to expand in a fast and cost effective way our network and once connected we can find out more about each other and if and how we can/want to be of help for each other. some networking contacts did/will lead to something both of the relevant contacts never thought of in the first place. i do not expect to know each contact inside out and to keep contact on a daily/permanent base, but if things should/have to happen we are able to use our network for it or/and be also of help for others. i prefer to concentrate on one (online-)networking platform to be able to get the most use out of it for my self and that also my networkling partners can get more out from me. ..and i concentrate now on being here on ecademy and possible give ecademy something back what ecademy gave/gives/will give to me. thank you to penny and thomas and also to lucas wyrsch, who brought me onboard...:-)

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Liz Labrum

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Liz Labrum, All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Think-RightNow can help you get the right mind-set I agree that networking styles are changing. I've recently become chair of EWiB http://www.ewib.co.uk a local women in business group and it's very apparent that the members who are genuinely interested in helping and supporting others, as well as developing business skills are the ones who enjoy more success. I think we all intuitively feel bothered or less than welcoming when someone tries to sell us something at a networking event before we've even got to know them. You're much more likely to remember someone and talk positively about them if you feel an affinity or rapport with them.

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Jamie Roy

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

With Ecademy people invest in people. I think it is all about developing yourself first, which develops your business which then leads to developing and increasing your sales. This is a cycle that keeps on evolving with the more interactions you have.

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Victor Marques

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Thanks a lot Penny... I have your bottle...1964...tell me when you want the bottle and i will fly from Portugal! I will be in Guildford Carlos Tratoria Restaurant next week on 20th for dinner...please advise.. Ecademy is the best way...for both...! Thanks for your support and help! Kindest regards from the best region for Port Wine! Douro Valley! Victor Marques

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Liz 'The FM Coach' Kentish

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny To be honest, I just like people! I find that by being genuinely interested in others (not just in their work/job/offering) I pick up hints and tips about business generally and then, if the connections we've made are useful, business possibilities/referrals will follow at some point. Liz Kentish Executive Coach and Coaching Academy Licensed Trainer "To begin living like you've never lived before, begin living like you've never lived before" Check out my blog http://lizkentishcoaching.blogspot.com/

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Mark Lee

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Ecademy helps me build and develop my business

Generally when networking with other business people (online and offline) I focus on developing relationships. This includes sharing and receiving knowledge and ideas. I find it a total turn-off when others try to sell to me and give me chapter and verse about their business without first finding out if I'm in the slightest bit interested. It wastes time for both of us. Business wise I may be special case as my services are primarily suited to accountants. I can't expect many of the people I meet to instantly agree to advocate the The Tax Advice Network to their accountant. To ask for that would be as close as I could get to trying to building sales through networking. I am delighted however to find that AFTER people have got to know me that they often volunteer to tell their accountant about how they could benefit from our free weekly tax update, written specifically for accountants in general practice. To that extent, continuing my networking activities and building relationships allows me to build sales too - IN TIME. I explained how Ecademy inspired me to build the Tax Advice Network and how much the development of the Network benefited from my networking here in this blog last year. Mark Lee FCA CTA (Fellow) Founder of the UK's leading independent network of tax advisers The Tax Advice Network In addition to running the Network, which is a specialised resource for accountants, Mark also writes articles and blogs for and about accountants: (1) Tips and advice for ambitious accountants. (2) Accountant jokes and fun

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Dave Harries

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny As a newcomer to Ecademy my impressions are perhaps still a bit provisional. However, I think it would be naive to regard an Ecademy contact, or the resulting relationship, as likely to lead to immediate sales. Indeed I think the value and the challenge of such networks is in spreading the word - getting known and talked about by as many as possible who may then act as advocates for your product or service. To this extent I see ecademy as a business development tool. However, I don't think web networks in general or Ecademy in particular are a quick fix or a short cut to such business development. Strategic thought and work is still required to utilise such a facility effectively and efficiently - but if your willing to give it that time and thought it is undoubtably a powerful tool.

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Mohd Ghufran

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny, I would say I develop the business through my own contact and through the platform of ecadmy and learn each minutes by facing the new problems of customers.

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Phil[customs duties) Brigstock-Bates

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Just continually innovate

That's all; that's everything. Why? Because for me, sales are a consequence of being trusted by, and being responsive to, people in other businesses. Sales are therefore a consequence of relationships. The contribution of innovation is simple; its about discovering new or different or better or more effective ways to reach people and build relationships. There's a motivational poster slogan "The best way to predict the future is to create it." Ecademy helps me to do that in business best regards Philip CTA(Fellow) ATT MIEx blog on saving customs duty Customs Duty Specialist International Trade Training

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Adrian Hall

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny, I use ecademy to develop me. To develop useful contacts, to learn from others experience and to put my thoughts out there for others to comment on and to continue to learn through that inter-action. By developing me, I am more easily able to contribute towards the business development and sales of my company. I also use ecademy to explore other avenues for developing other branches I can grow, which can provide me with alternative/additional income streams. Some might say that this makes me altruistic in my reasons for being a member of ecademy but I believe, if I become a stronger person through valuable contacts and being better informed, I am more valuable to my company. Adrian Hall Global Delegate Director Business Excellence

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Sue Searle

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Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Hi Penny, Currently, developing business - I have learnt so much here, it is a great resource. I have benefitted from ideas, found people to work in collaboration with in a mutually beneficial way and that has expanded and moved business on into new additional areas, which I am researching/developing at the moment. It is invaluable. Good luck with your blog. Best wishes, Sue ----------------------- Sue Searle Tags2Web Web Design - Domain Name Registration - Hosting - Site Maintenance & more.... www.tags2web.co.uk

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Tamer Kusadasi

tamergodekoglu-275014

Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

I develop my business and sales rise up same way Tamer GODEKOGLU I.O.I.C.

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Michael Bond

norfilms-26446

Do you develop your business or develop your sales?

Penny, I'd say I develop the business, by maintaining contacts and a flow of information, education and general communication that facilitates a greater awareness in the community of our work and what we can do for clients, especially in such complex matters as the credit management and trade services I offer. The networking therefore has always served me best as a means to nurture a greater capability in prospective partners and clients of what can be done for them now or in the future. :) This Week's Special Opportunity:- Sex, Beautiful Girls, Beauty Contest, Save The World, World Environment, Free Sports Cars, Backers WANTED. Norfilms.com Yes, it does say FREE Sports Cars. :)

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