Posts Tagged ‘Business Owners Network’

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

Do Good and do Good Business

May 28, 2016

Simon - Bringing breakfast to the homeless

I was asked to give the new Dublin Chamber of Commerce member, Ian Hannon of Activate Sales Training, two minutes at the beginning of the Business Owners Network session (we hold these every second Friday at 7:30am) to introduce himself to the group and briefly promote a training programme that he was running shortly.

I was determined that I would give him about a maximum of 2 minutes as I had a busy “Let’s do Business” session planned.

I was chatting with him during the pre-meeting networking over coffee and croissants and I let him know that I would introduce him at the very beginning of the session. During the course of our chat he explained that he had been up really early because on Fridays he volunteers for Dublin Simon Community and he does a ‘breakfast run‘ before his days work.

Basically he delivers breakfast packs to some of the homeless on the streets of Dublin.

Ian became a different person to me.

At the start of the session when I was introducing Ian I asked him to first tell the group what he did earlier that morning. The group hung on his every word as he spoke about the different characters, the guys he sees regularly, the guys who are still asleep, the guys who are on the streets for just a few days.

Ian became a different person to everyone in the room.

When he got around to speaking about his training programme everyone listened attentively – we liked him, respected him and trusted him. He spoke for a lot more than 2 minutes – Ian will do well!

Do good and do good business.

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion who offer Corporate Social Responsibility consultancy from our offices in Dublin and Cork

 

 

 

“Don’t worry, I own your problem now”

May 31, 2015

Taking ownership of a problem

We had a really interesting networking session at the recent Business Owners Network event at Dublin Chamber.

This group of business owners meet pretty much every second Friday morning, bright and early from 7:30 am till 9am. The sessions always involve some informal networking over a coffee and normally there is a guest speaker about some topic of interest.

(I would highly recommend it to business owners in Dublin – great for networking, learning, contacts and new business)

At our recent session, which I was privileged to chair we did some formal networking by breaking the room into circles of six people allowing each person a proper chance to share with the others what they do. At the session we also looked for people to share their number one business tip, which was quite interesting and varied.

At the end of the session each group were asked to share their learnings, which again generated some really interesting topics;

  • Nothing beats meeting people face to face
  • Listen to your customer and be open to changing your offer according to what they need
  • By listening to others you always learn something new
  • Cold calling can be quite enjoyable!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for the business

My big learning from the session was that you should never under estimate the wisdom that experience brings – in every conversation with someone you nearly always learn something new.

I was chatting to one of the attendees, Sean who was passionate about customer service. The gist of the conversation was that customer service has disimproved generally and that there is huge customer frustration in particular with the call centre culture whereby you rarely get the feeling that someone is really ‘on top‘ of your problem.

You know the drill ..you call, you are often in a queue to be heard, you go through a sequence of pressing numbers, then you give your account details and eventually you get a chance to describe what is wrong. From here you can end up being passed from pillar to post, each time repeating your details and the nature of the problem.

In fact when you have an issue you need to put a good half hour aside as the whole process can end up taking that long.

He used a great expression to demonstrate what a great process would look like. You just want the person you speak to first to say: “Don’t worry, I own your problem now” and leave you with an assurance that they will see it through until it is sorted.

Do you own your customer’s problems?

Greg Canty 

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