Why networking is a vital skill for business owners

Why networking is a vital skill for business owners

Why networking is a vital skill for business owners?

My guest in this podcast is Barbara Ann Fitzpatrick, Founder of Kindred Business Networking (based in the UK & Ireland) who discusses with me “Why networking is a vital skill for business owners“.

Barbara had a long career in the corporate world and a few years ago in troubled economic times in her 50s found herself redundant, but wanting to move on decided to re-invent herself.

Whilst working in the field of product promotion, she found that the old reliable of LinkedIn was not enough for her as she noticed a scarcity of groups that were really of interest to her and caused her to begin her own networking group initially in London.

When the pandemic arrived she was requested to keep things going online which she has successfully done, and she helps: sole traders and self-employed people network effectively with like-minded people who are passionate about their business and its growth


Just some of the Topics covered in the Podcast:


Why its all about a relationship?

Common networking mistakes

Why authenticity is important?

How to network to get results.

Like everything in life, networking is a skill, and the more you learn and do it correctly, the better results for your business. How often have we had a chat and the right person can give us the answer or inspire an idea that makes a big difference in business?

    To learn more about Barbara and her business, take a moment and visit her website to learn more about what she has to offer you.

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    This networking event was well run and set up. Part of the process was that attendees apart from being given the opportunity to pitch their services were also offered the opportunity to have their contact details published online afterwards which represented some free marketing for all attendees.

    As part of my interaction during the event, I was interested in researching more the services being offered by a person I will fictionally call Mary. 

    During the process of interacting, I inquired if I could have her contact details and was advised “it’s all in my QR code”. 

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    All I was looking for were simple links to her LinkedIn account and website not the hassle as far as I am concerned of being forced to use a QR code.

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    Making Your Networking Successful – in this week’s podcast, I speak to Carol Harris who is the author of Networking for Success 2nd Edition about her book.


    Over the last 30 years, she has taught vital business skills to help a business grow. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development and a Council Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Consultants. Carol was also was a Director of the Arts Council of Great Britain.


    Today Carol is an author, corporate trainer and thriving international networking marketing business.
    Why did Carol write the second edition of this book, because networking has changed during Covid19 including with online networking? The book is told in a story format that is easy to understand.
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    • It is important to help businesses grow through contacts and associations
    • Learn from people get support and build new contacts.
    • Networking is usually inexpensive

    How to network effectively

    • Have a strategy
    • What results do you want to achieve with your networking
    • Be selective with how you spend your time and what events to attend.
    • Choose networking groups that fit with your interests and what you do
    • Networking its very important to schedule a time and follow up on your contacts.
    • As the saying goes the fortune can be in the follow-up.
    • Speak within your comfort zone and skills that you will have the confidence to speak about.
    • Be prepared, about what you are going to speak about.
    • Pick two to three things to speak about.
    • Be calm, breathe and take a pause if you need to think.
    • If you do not know something, tell someone, that you will get back to them about the question after you double-check.
    • Ask questions they get attention.
    • Questions can open conversations.
    • Listen do not just talk.
    Establish a point of contact so you can follow up and learn more about the person and their business.

    Carols Recommendations for Business to Thrive

    • Do what motivates you
    • Use your time wisely
    • Learn new skills
    • Improve your systems 
    • Remember with the online world it is easy to do business local and global


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