A Few Small Business Networking Tips

August 22, 2013

LDPHaving the right connections can create breakthrough opportunities for your small business, from raising funds to making your first big sale.


Here are some top networking tips:

  1. Have an immediate goal, but think longer term. Connections can come from unexpected places; the engineer you meet at a networking event could be a good friend of the CMO you’re trying to engage. Don’t discount someone who doesn’t have direct or immediate relevance for you – if they’re an interesting and successful person, they can open doors to new opportunities down the road.
  2. Start the conversation first, connect later. So you’ve identified a potential business contact on LinkedIn – what now? Creating a dialogue and developing a relationship are important prerequisites to sending an invitation to connect. Break the ice with an InMail, stating your intentions or complimenting their work
  3. Show your worth. Demonstrating value to a potential business contact is key to building a fruitful relationship. Start by helping them achieve their goals before yours – connect them with your contacts, share your knowledge, or even contribute to a project. This selfless attitude will be rewarded when you need something in return.

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Quote of the day…

August 21, 2013

‘Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.’

– Henry Ford


LDP wine of the week- Mooiplaas Cabernet Sauvignon 2005.

August 20, 2013

The LDP wine of the week is the Mooiplaas Cabernet Sauvignon 2005.

Gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Barrel matured for 30 months in french oak barriques. Wine is then bottle matured for 5 years before release for optimum enjoyment.

An elegant and sophisticated wine revealing complex layers of cassis, dark fruit, hints of leather, tobacco & spice. Well structured, fine velvet tannins and lingering aftertaste. Long barrel maturation ensured excellent fruit & tannin integration.

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Quote for the midweek…

August 14, 2013

‘A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.’

-Richard Branson


Quote of the day…

August 7, 2013

‘The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.’

– Faye Wattleton


LDP wine of the week- Theuniskraal Bouquet Blanc 2012.

August 6, 2013

The LDP wine of the week is the Theuniskraal Bouquet Blanc 2012.

Aromas of spice and floral flavours from the Gewürtztraminer combined with sunripe raisins and a whiff of Muscat flavours. Fresh and sweet with a complexity of fruit  flavours and a lingering aftertaste.

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A Few Brainstorming Tips

August 1, 2013

LDPBrainstorming is a wide-open, anything goes, type of activity. Yet, even a free-wheeling process can benefit from a little structure and strategy. Here are a few helpful tips to improve individual and group efforts.

1. Prepare

Define the goal or purpose of your brainstorming session. What’s the problem you want to solve? Frame the goal in terms of its customer impact, rather than its internal, organizational result.

2. Select the Team

The best size for a brainstorming team is three to ten people. Scale the team based on the importance of the challenge. Select team members based on a balance of expertise and diversity of perspective.

3. Meet Early

If possible schedule the brainstorming session in the morning. Most people think more creatively when they’re fresh.

4. First Contact

Invite the team to participate via email, a meeting request or face-toface. Take time to communicate the goal of the brainstorming clearly. Provide any background material in advance.

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