Your No. 1 Business Tips – Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Business Owners Network

July 27, 2016

Dublin Chamber - Business Owners Network

We had an interesting session last Friday morning with the Business Owners Network at Dublin Chamber of Commerce. We hold these networking sessions every second Friday between 7:30 and 9am (no messing with this gang!).

I was chairing the session and we decided to do some online networking – we asked everyone to tweet their “Number one Business Tip” and use the hashtag #BONTips. A quick search of the hashtag showed everyone who else was in the room and we took it from there, connecting, replying – plenty of interaction and new connections.

Besides having great fun as always the session yielded some very interesting business tips:

@JodhianMorian   Privacy247

Privacy is a choice but never let anybody dictate your default settings

@tonyinvest57  Tony O’Reilly

Prepare to retire in style

@iPingIT

Always make sure you have your data backed up!!!!! Ur information is your ammunition

@borgmanearls  Nick Borgman

Be willing to go the extra mile for your clients every single time…

@dee_TPI   Deirdre Dunne

Put on a big smile when you answer the phone. You may look mad but sound great

@claudesaulnier  Claude Saulnier

Always hang out with good guys

@KylesCatering

Get up early to make your day productive

@Colliers_Ire   Colliers Ireland

Make a plan & engage! Post content that’s not just about your business but of interest to your followers!

@RoseKer  Rose Kervick

Be impeccable with your word

Dublin Chamber - Business Owners Network

@RossONeill_RGON   Ross O’Neill

You’d be surprised how many obstacles we unknowingly put in our teams way – listen to your team and act fast to remove them!

@ToxicData   Toxic Data

Handle toxic waste properly for better PR

@wandsoft   We Simplify Business

Want an extra staff for less than €100 a month, that’s what we offer

@ActNowIreland   Aisling Curtin

Reflect on which actions take you closer toward who & where you want to be in business & which actions will take you further away

@KarenADraper   Karen Draper

Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can leave to the next day

@soandsodesign  So and So

Design is so simple that’s why it’s so complicated” – Paul Rand

Dublin Chamber - Business Owners Network

@AR_Escapegames   Adventure Games Dublin

Try spend €2 on to reach more clients

@Jen_Appleton   Jen Appleton

Comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there

@SuppliesBosMatt  Mathew Dean

Smile

@BDComms   Ben Dobbs

Adjust your level of directness or indirectness based on the culture, personality and context of your partner(s) in an interaction

@garykealy2  Gary Kealy

Do what you love and you’ll never work again

@navenbachani

Believe in your product and thrive your business with that belief

@dunneclare   Clare Dunne

Going on holiday soon? Check your passport now, don’t wait until the night before departure!!

@gerrycrosbie    DesignYard Awards

Select an award that makes maximum impact

@sdg_magee  Samantha Magee

Management is an art enriched by everyday experiences

@IanH123   Ian Hannon

There is NO substitute to hard work. So you might as well get stuck in and enjoy it!

@CHBCGroup   CHBC Office Group

Just get started

@HapiColm   Colm Rowan

Clear and honest communication is essential to ensuring a team is successful in business. Communication drops, so does teamwork

Dublin Chamber - Business Owners Network

@briancrowleytip   Brian Crowley

Passion is everything!

@PrintDepotIre   Print Depot

“Turn up and get involved

@Abrivia12   Donal O’Brien

Hire ok people, have an ok company! Hire great people

@Kildaredesign   Grainne Slattery

SEO it’s all about being found

@eoscott   Eoin Scott

Always back up the data on your PC. Accidents happen!

@conorisme   Conor Coyne

Succeed or learn

@joebehan7  Joe Behan

Listen to understand

BON 7

@kdhampsonkevin   Kevin Hampson

Hire a great accountant

@robertwrockwell   Robert Whelan

Embrace setbacks. Don’t dwell! Learn and move on

@Alec_Drew   Alec Drew

Value of the zero invoice

@Davey_ETE   Dave Murray

People want to do business with people they like

@ItsSocialBee   Melissa Curley

Use to create a twitter background header. It’s free to use and uses exact dimensions

and of course last but not least is my one….

Dublin Chamber - Business Owners Network@GregCantyFuzion

My number one business tip is “Never waste a good story”

What is your No.1 Business Tip?

If you are a business owner in the Dublin area contact the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and arrange to attend one of the Business Owner Network sessions for free. Even better ‘tweet’ them @DubChamtell them Greg sent you!!

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion who offer Marketing, PR and Graphic Design services from our offices in Dublin and Cork

Be nice for the sake of Nice 

July 16, 2016

Nice attacks

The hotel car park was full when we returned late from the really great Dublin Chamber event at the Leopardstown races so we had to park on the road – I hate that!

I got up bright and early before the trigger happy clampers were on the prowl to move it in as I spotted an early riser driving out.

Just as I was pulling into the car park another car cheekily cut me off and pulled in front of me – hopefully there were two spaces?

The car park looked full and my eager “friend” was ahead of me discovering exactly the same thing. Just as I was about to give up and go back onto the street I noticed a guy waiting on a delivery truck to move so he could leave …perfect!

At this point my cheeky friend with the KY reg (cute out in Kerry I was thinking!) started to reverse to get out of the car park. If I moved to let him out he would spot the guy waiting to leave and no doubt grab the spot for himself.

Nope my friend ….not going to happen!

This brave warrior held his ground and let him try to reverse all he liked – I waited until the delivery van moved and the other pulled out and went to take MY spot.

Just as I was manoeuvring into the spot a woman working from the hotel appeared and politely told me that the other guy was first and was entitled to the parking space!

I gave her a look and she blurted “This is hotel policy” with her own look right back at me suggesting that I was trying to be a smart ass by taking the spot.

But he cut me off unfairly as I entered the car park” I bit back

I’m sorry you have to give him the space” ..she was fighting the good fight on behalf of my cheeky Kerry friend.

No way, he cut me off and I’m as entitled as he is to that parking space” – I wasn’t letting yer man get the space that I deserved!!

Well, you’ll have to sort it out with him, because he won’t be happy” she said.

Not a problem!!” and I started to pull into the spot, more than happy to have a showdown if the cheeky KY boy was up for it.

Just as I was doing that I thought of what I had been watching in horror on TV just ten minutes before this and I had a big word with myself ….Greg, what are you doing??

I turned around and exited the car park.

The poor girl from the hotel looked puzzled and very relieved at my change of heart – she gave me a big smile and thanked me. Crisis averted!

Instead I parked on the road with the Park By Phone App. I’d check the car park again in a while.

Just as I was standing by the car I noticed my cheeky man walking towards me after he had parked.

Someone is just leaving” he says to me “Get in quick“.

Oh ..”thanks

10 minutes later I was in the dining room having breakfast and my “buddy” strangely ended up sitting right next to us with his wife. He nodded to me.

I could easily have had a big stand up row with this guy and got the two of us all pumped up and angry for something very stupid and ruined both our days.

Maybe, just maybe we should all start to be nice for the sake of Nice?

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion who offer Marketing, PR and Graphic Design services from our offices in Dublin and Cork

Did you just press the “Accept” button?

July 14, 2016

I accept your connection request

I know, you are busy just like me.

You are burning through your emails and you see those ‘invitations to connect‘ on LinkedIn, emails.

You’ve decided that you are happy to ‘connect‘ so you press the ‘Accept’ button and you continue with your other work.

Pressing the ‘accept’ button is not connecting!!

Next time press ‘accept’ and send that person a message – You might: thank them and ask them how their business is going?

Oh my god ….people actually communicate on this platform, don’t faint!

It might even surprise you that they might reply to you and you find that you are well on the way to nurturing a new connection without even lifting your bum off the seat ..magic.

The worst that can happen as a result of that extra 20 seconds is that you have stood out and they might think that you are a nice person.

So..stop pressing those buttons online and start connecting!

Greg Canty is a partner of Fuzion

Fuzion offer Social Media Consultancy and Training from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland

 

The next guy paying for what the last guy did!

July 12, 2016

Paul Kelly - Console

That’s the last time I’m holding the door open for someone,

It’s the last time I’m going to let someone out in traffic,

The last time I’m going to open my mouth and offer an opinion,

The last time I’m going to spend loads of time on a proposal,

The last time I’m going to pay for lunch,

The last time I’m donating to charity,

The last time I’m going to give an honest answer,

The last time I’m doing pro bono work,

The time I’m going to trust a suppliers word,

The last time I’m going to look after a staff member,

The last time I trust someone and give them credit,

The last time I donate to a charity…..

While we must always learn from our experiences we must be really careful that the next guy doesn’t get short changed because of what happened with  the  last one.

Never stop being prepared to do good things.

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion who offer Marketing, PR and Graphic Design services from our offices in Dublin and Cork

Without some “wow” its difficult to see how!

July 10, 2016

Products with nothing specialI arrived there in torrential rain and entered a premises that lacked personality, that lacked anything. No pictures, no branding, no product displays…nothing.

There was a display on the wall with Certificates of Incorporation and some certs confirming a legal change from one company name to another.

I was politely ushered into a room and three people joined the meeting.

The new product was produced and placed centre stage on the board room table. The bland, quite generic packaging was the first thing I noticed.

Where was the product made, what’s special about it, what has the journey been, what is the wow, what is the  “story“?

I probed, I dug deep and I asked this crew why they developed this product, why it was in front of me on the table and why they brought it to market?

I was hoping to discover a unique (I hate that word) insight, I was hoping to hear some personal story, I wanted something that would help us to bring this “thing” to life in a genuine and authentic way that would connect with their target audience.

What I got was very profound – “it’s just a product that we think we can make money from

This won’t work…

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion who offer Marketing, PR and Graphic Design services from our offices in Dublin and Cork

Avoiding Brevenge

July 1, 2016

Brexit - NIgel Farage

Brevenge is my new word..

The last week has been horrible ..

We watched as the ‘leave‘ campaigners for Brexit celebrated their unexpected “win” – there was cockiness, arrogance and a big dose of “F##k You Europe” that was delivered with a huge lack of finesse and zero respect.

We heard the speeches in Europe and we listened to the laughing by the Brexiteers and we then heard European officials reacting to this with their own dose of bitterness and recrimination.

If you want out, get out now

On the ground non-UK residents working and living in the UK feel unwelcome in a place that many considered was their home and this hasn’t been helped by yobs who claim they “want them out“. Of course, not everyone is like this.

Stopping immigration was a big emotive message by the ‘leave‘ campaign and this effectively was directed at anyone living and working in the UK who is not from there and those who might consider living there in the future – a big penny dropped with young people from the UK that their ‘explore the world‘ ambitions have now been shackled by the consequences of the referendum.

Beach

Scotland are regretting their lack of independence and are passionately making noises about staying in Europe. Northern Ireland wants the same and it is clear that London certainly wants the same. Those from the UK living across Europe are wondering what their position is as they walk along their sandy beaches every day in Spain and beyond and contemplating how much further their income will drop due to currency changes.

When the results were analysed and the exit polls were conducted it was clear that the working class and the poor communities in the UK felt left behind and abandoned by politicians and big business and a way of registering this anger was by voting for a change and against the establishment.

Companies were dictating to their employees how they wanted them to vote (Nissan in Sunderland was a prime example) and once again this was an opportunity to deliver a big “F##k You…I work for you but don’t you dare tell me what to do!! (the same happened in Ireland during the recent General Elections – is there a big trend?)

It now seems that many were quite unclear about what they were voting for and many of the ‘selling points‘ that were presented by the leave campaign were proven false and this has left a very poor taste in people’s mouths.

Sterling has weakened and stock markets have shuddered with colossal amounts being wiped off company values everywhere, which in turn will affect pension funds. Companies who operate in the UK are reconsidering their positions and already we are hearing that plans to expand have been cancelled. The big, bold and brave Richard Branson is claiming that he has cancelled a project in the UK that would have resulted in 1,000 jobs – not good!

The Irish aren’t happy because we do lots of business with the UK – will Europe allow small little Ireland special flexibility to deal with the UK? If they are in the angry mood that we are currently witnessing they are more likely to give the UK a kicking than a special deal. We are worried and angry about their questionable decision.

At a time when the UK needs strong leadership and stability we are seeing resignations, backstabbing and jockeying for position by those only too willing to enjoy the spoils of power as a result of this debacle.

The young, the old, people from the UK, Europeans working and living there, the Scots, Northern Ireland, the expats on sunny beaches, the Irish and the Europeans – everyone is angry!

At this time it is more important than ever that we stay calm, that we show respect, that our decision making and key next steps are all made with cool, clear heads.

Tony Blair - Brexit

Tony Blair in an article in the Daily Telegraph delivers a special message and a stark warning:

Our nation is in peril. To allow us to come safely through this we need to be adult in our politics, to proceed with calm, maturity and without bitterness; because our future as a nation in the world and as the UK itself is at stake.

He is right!

A second referendum might be a very good idea to ensure that this huge change of direction has been properly thought out and made with all of the information and a clear understanding of the consequences, which will be felt for a long time.

The EU also needs to take a good, long hard look in the mirror and figure out why a key partner and an important and influential global force such as the UK has decided to walk away – please listen and learn from this!

The EU must also be adult in their politics and act with “calm, maturity and without bitterness”

All parties in this complex mess need to do what is best and not what is motivated by anger and the quest for…

Brevenge

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion who offer Marketing, PR and Graphic Design services from our offices in Dublin and Cork

 

 

Raising your head above the Parapet

June 27, 2016

Head above the parapet

My buddy Jonathan tipped me off that a particular guy on Twitter was having a right ‘pop’ at the “Power You”, Advanced Social Media Programme that I had recently put together and was promoting.

This guy was careful enough not to name or mention me so I didn’t spot his post initially but eventually I found it as well as the reaction some of his followers had towards it and his interaction with them – he loves me!

My new “friend” was having great fun – he was obviously quite curious about the peer to peer advanced programme that I had put together, which is targeting ambitious individuals who don’t want another social media course but one that can potentially elevate them (they can do it with my help) to the point whereby they could become a ‘Digital Influencer‘ in their field.

Power You - Advanced Social Media ProgrammeThis guy took a pop about the price (it’s 10 sessions, one to one mentoring and delivered in a small group), he challenged my qualifications to deliver such a course (I have been delivering training and consultancy in this area since the earliest days of social), he claimed I was using words I didn’t even understand to an audience who would not understand either (I am trying to achieve something quite different through this programme), he wondered about what big clients and campaigns I had worked on to justify my ‘status’ to deliver such a programme (unlike him I’m guessing)…and there was lots more!

I obviously stood on a sore toe with this fella and Power You upset him for some big reason – was he sorry he wasn’t running a programme like this himself (he works in the area) or maybe he thought what I was doing was pure rubbish!!

I was hurt and angry to see someone having a right go at me and my creation. I put a lot of time and attention into this and from my experience there is a real training gap in the social media market, which no one is addressing.

I was about to put on the boxing gloves and jump into the ring ..come on, “lets be having ya, Mr Smart Ass“..bang, bang, wallop..take that!! I felt like it, I promise you..

Before pressing ‘fire‘ I took a deep breath..

Do I ever criticise things that I don’t agree with? ..Yes.

Do I ever criticise new initiatives that I think are silly..Probably?

Do I criticise in a personal, nasty way – I hope not, but any criticism of you ends up feeling personal.

I put my head above the parapet with Power You but I have to accept that when any of us do that it is fair game.

When you do something new it will be judged, it will be criticised, those who compete against you will take a “pop” but then again some will hopefully like it and buy into what you are trying to do. Some might even buy!

This “new thing” of yours may or may not work but it’s important that you keep trying, keep doing new things and let yourself open to that criticism – it’s all part of it so don’t be getting upset!

And most importantly keep “Raising your head above the Parapet

The Power You Programme is starting in Dublin in the middle of July – click here for details!

p.s. This blog is for Daragh – Instead of boxing gloves I tweeted him “Thanks for giving my programme a plug

Thank you for reading!

Greg Canty is a partner of Fuzion

Fuzion offer Social Media Consultancy and Training from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland

 

 

 

 

“Power User” Social Media Programme

June 20, 2016

Power You - Advanced Social Media ProgrammeAfter years and years of delivering social media courses for business I have realised that most of these are just scratching the surface and for the seriously ambitious individual, something much more is needed.

For this reason I have developed a “Power You” programme, which is geared specifically towards ambitious individuals who want to realise their full potential by building a powerful, digital brand for themselves.

Power You” is for those who want to become Digital Influencer’s in their field of expertise.

In today’s fast-paced world where subject matter experts seemingly emerge overnight via social media, it’s critical that everyone leverages their own point of distinction.

Be so good that they can’t ignore you – Steve Martin

Be so good they can't ignore you - Steve Martin

With my programme, as well as learning extensive social media skills you will learn how to build a powerful network and be recognised as an Influencer by your peers and target audience.

Peer to peer interaction (this is not a classroom!) with a small group of like minded individuals is a strong dimension of the “Power You” programme, which will help you to establish and build your own powerful brand online and make you stand out as a thought-leader.

On this programme you will capitalise your personal awareness, highlight your knowledge, passion, values and expertise, and accelerate your career and business success.

This extensive programme will run over three months, will include 10 group evening training sessions, peer to peer reviews as well as one to one sessions.

The first “Power You” programme is commencing in Dublin on the 14th July and will be limited to a small group.

For full details click here and download the “Power You” brochure.

Thank you for reading!

Greg Canty is a partner of Fuzion

Fuzion offer Social Media Consultancy and Training from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland

If you need more information about the programme please feel free to contact me:
Email: greg@fuzion.ie
Phone: (086) 8311156

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Terry Prone and her 5 Business Tips for women

June 6, 2016

Terry Prone

Quite recently I had the pleasure of being in Terry Prone’s company at a Business Awards night for the Galway branch of Network Ireland.

Terry is one of those character’s that we have all heard and read about so it was really interesting to finally meet her in person. I’m not sure what or ‘who’ I was expecting but I met a really engaging, down to earth person who was very open about her fascinating life including tales from her days as an actress to the successful business woman and public speaker that we all know today.

She loved telling me that her son Anton, is now her boss!

She was at the very earliest days of media training and PR in Ireland, initially grabbing all of her acting tips and applying them to the business and political world. She set up Carr Communications with the well known Irish TV personality, Bunny Carr and her husband Tom Savage.

Terry was the guest speaker at the event and I watched as she diligently took notes during the evening in between our chats and listening to the other speakers. One of the things that impressed me most was that she was a great listener – she was as interested in my, not so interesting story as I was in hers. I hate when some people show no interest in you – I always think its a sign of a good person when they listen to you.

She finally took to the stage – actually she avoided the stage totally and took to the ‘floor‘ and immediately grabbed the attention of the audience with a humorous, down to earth, no messing talk and delivered her “5 Business Tips for Women”

  1. Tell your Story – Stories are powerful ways for people to remember you, so make sure you tell yours
  2. Forget about ‘tricks’ – Just be the honest you, and don’t rely on any gimmicks to grab attention
  3. Stop Multitasking – While women are supposed to be blessed with the ability to multitask, Terry advises to do the opposite. Stick to what you are great at and get others to do the other “stuff
  4. Keep the fight to yourself – This was a simple piece of advice about not washing your dirty laundry in public. Being right does not matter as people remember the fight and then always associate you with it
  5. Drive on, even when things go wrong – Terry shared a story about the Irish actress May Craig who she admired greatly. Her motto was “the show must go on“, and she did just that after personal tragedy in her life

Terry’s speech was perfect – not too short and not too long, designed expertly for the audience with a gorgeous blend of personal vulnerability and real stories that connected with everyone in the audience, even the few token males in attendance.

These were great tips but I think we could all use them, not just the gals!

Thank you Terry!

Terry Prone is the Chairman of Communications Clinic.

Note: Think Visual did a great post after a talk Terry did for the Network Cork branch with some gorgeous visuals and a few extra tips – well done guys!

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion who offer Marketing, PR and Graphic Design services from our offices in Dublin and Cork

About us

June 2, 2016

About us -

I was working on a proposal for a prospect and I wanted to find out more about the people behind the business.

Who started the business, who is involved now, what are they like, what is their background, what is their journey that brought them to today, is this a passion or just a way to make money?

I looked for the “about us” section on their website and like so many other websites these days I got nothing other than some generic “blurb” about what they do, which was just a variation of their homepage.

Who you are. your “story”, is an essential part of your brand. If I don’t see it here I may never bother trying to find out more.

I hate that – go on tell me about you and what makes you special.

I always get a little suspicious when people don’t. Is there something to hide? Do you not want people to know who is behind this enterprise?

The “about us” section of your website is one of the most important parts of the site. For me it is the “trust” section and the part of the site that convinces me why I should be comfortable dealing with you and explains why you are different to every other provider who offers similar products and services.

Go on, take the time today and fill out the “about us” section properly.

Share your genuine story with us, let that passion and authenticity for what you do shine through and please tell us about you and your fabulous team and the journey that brought you to today.

About us….

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion who offer Marketing, PR and Graphic Design services from our offices in Dublin and Cork


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