Category Archives: Networking

The Next Steps to Build Your Network

You’ve come home from the conference with a stack of business cards from people whom you have met. Now what? Don’t let them sit on the corner of your desk until next year. It’s time to start developing and building relationships with newly added members to your network. A quick “Nice to have met you” or “It was great to see you again” e-mail gets you started in the right direction with developing a relationship with your contact.

The next step involves shifting your focus on giving. What do the people in your network need? Information? Connections? If you give something to somebody, they will generally give you more than what you gave him/her according to the Law of Reciprocity. Giving first positions you as a resource.

What do you have to give? Try the 4 I’s : Information, Introductions, Invitations, and Interaction.

Information – Share relevant or helpful information to one person in your network each day. You might have read an article or blog post that might be pertinent to that person’s work. Sharing useful information is one of the easiest ways to let a colleague know you are thinking of her. This may lead to a deeper conversation about the topic you just sent to her and allows for an opportunity to advance the relationship.

Introductions – Introduce two people in your group who don’t know each other yet have a common interest (could be a professional interest or personal interest). If you are not comfortable making the introduction, ask each individual if they would like to be introduced. Chances are they would, since many are looking to meet others with common interests and expand their own networks.

Invitations – If you are sponsoring an event/webinar or going to an event that you think a colleague would enjoy, invite him or her – especially if the event is relevant to their business or industry. Make it a win-win where your colleague can gain new knowledge or contacts through you.

Interactions – Recognize birthdays and other special days of members in your network with a card, e-mail or phone call. Social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook make it easy to reach out, and a small gesture of kindness will go a long way to nurture your network.

You say you don’t have time to connect? If you are just reaching out to 1 person a day, it should only take 10-15 minutes. And over time, if you invest in your network, you will see your network flourish. You will experience better relationships, and you will stay top of mind to the people who are important to you in achieving your goals.

Only the top 1% of all people take the next step to grow their network and make a connection – are you part of that 1%?

Data security: Crucial for all businesses

Data’, this small word has a lot of significance. The data of any company is one of the most important valuables of the company. The data of any company includes the information of the company, its employees, the complete business, mission, vision and goals, past projects, history, future plans, information about clients, projects, deals and payment information, to name a few.

The loss of data can create huge problems for the company, owner as well as employees. Some data is confidential, while some is not; the data is important and one cannot afford to lose it irrespective of the status of its confidentiality. The IT security companies help the businesses to keep their data secured.
Those companies help to protect your data and save it from getting corrupted or deleted. Also, they save it from being stolen. Even if it the data gets lost, they provide the disaster recovery services to get it back. So, it is advisable to hire a reliable and reputed IT Security Company that helps you to keep your valuable data safe and secured.

There are many companies that provide the IT services in Reading and other areas of the U.K. Those services include communication, customer support, data security and equipment repairing to name a few. The security measures include:

• Implementing strong passwords for the email accounts as well as the folders that have important information is the basic necessity. The strong passwords of more than 8 characters that includes alphabets, numbers and symbols; lowercase as well as uppercase is hard to crack.
• Installing the reliable antivirus is one of the most obvious things.
• Securing the mail accounts and folders are not sufficient; it is advisable to secure laptops and mobile phones.
• Take the backups regularly.

Now that you know about the security measures, you must be wondering why it is so much important. Well, there are several reasons for giving it so much importance out of which here are some of the most important ones:

• Though it is one of the most obvious reason, but most of the people forget it that the valuable information is the most important asset of any business. So, it is essential to keep it safe.
• Another reason to protect it is to stay ahead of the competitors and stand out the crowd. If your competitors know about your confidential projects, it is a serious disadvantage.
• It improves your reputation and your clients start respecting and trusting you more for keeping their information protected with you. So, this way you are showing the care for your clients.
• Taking security measures will protect your data getting lost, so you will save your time as well as money that you would have spent in recovering it. So, it helps you to reduce the cost of development as well save your time.
• Two of the most important benefits are the improved software interoperability and meeting current standards. Also, this is the way you expand your business in the new markets.