Be­ware the 7 Deadly Crea­tures

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Chuck Cham­ber­lain

Net­work­ing Nights founder Laraine Cham­ber­lain pre­sented at the group on Oc­to­ber 21st. Her fo­cus was on “Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Mar­ket­ing,” a business con­cept first in­tro­duced in Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Mar­ket­ing, a book by Tommy Wy­att and Cur­tis Lewsey. Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Mar­ket­ing in­volves ex­press­ing gen­uine feel­ings of ap­pre­ci­a­tion in or­der to im­prove re­la­tion­ships.

Laraine dis­cussed the value of loyal cus­tomers and made a startling state­ment: “Not say­ing ‘thank you’ causes more dam­age than say­ing ‘thank you’ pro­duces good.” We of­ten fail to thank cus­tomers for be­ing cus­tomers, em­ploy­ees for their hard work, ven­dors for valu­able prod­ucts or ser­vices, and co­work­ers for their support and friend­ship. When we re­mem­ber to thank oth­ers, our re­la­tion­ships are strength­ened and the prob­a­bil­ity of business suc­cess in­creases dra­mat­i­cally.

Quot­ing Tim San­ders, Ya­hoo’s Chief So­lu­tions Of­fi­cer, Laraine said, “Our na­tion is so fo­cused on ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity we for­get like­abil­ity is truly our life line.” De­tract­ing from our like­abil­ity in the business world are “7 Deadly Crea­tures in Business.” We should avoid be­com­ing one of th­ese “crea­tures” at all costs. They are:

The Puker – some­one who fails to think of oth­ers’ needs and talks in­ces­santly of only their own prod­ucts or ser­vices.

The Topper – the per­son who seems driven to “top” ev­ery­one else’s sto­ries or ideas with their own “su­pe­rior” ones.

The Whiner – the man or woman who is al­ways a vic­tim of some­thing and won’t let you for­get it.

The Sucker – that per­son who drains the en­ergy out of the room with their neg­a­tiv­ity.

The Nar­cis­sist – the co-worker, em­ployee or boss who’s al­ways putting him­self above ev­ery­one else.

The Vul­ture – the cul­prit who lures you into a meet­ing un­der false pretenses in or­der to pounce on you with the “business op­por­tu­nity of a lifetime.”

The Tinker­bell – a re­cent prob­lem “creature,” this is the per­son who is glued to their smart phone, ig­nor­ing the live bod­ies in the room.

Hav­ing a gen­uine con­cern and re­spect for oth­ers is not only the ba­sis for great per­sonal re­la­tion­ships, it’s also great for business.

Net­work­ing Nights meet­ings are held the first and third Tues­days of each month at 6:30 PM at the Span­ish Fork Macey’s gro­cery store meet­ing room (“Lit­tle Theater”). If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing or sim­ply at­tend­ing a Net­work­ing Nights event just to see what all the fuss is about, con­tact Laraine Cham­ber­lain at laraine@cham­ber­lain­lead­er­ship.com.

Net­work­ing Nights wel­comes busi­nesses of all kinds and it is free to join. Mem­bers are given mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to present in­for­ma­tion about their busi­nesses and may have the op­por­tu­nity to be pre­sen­ters or “high­lighted busi­nesses.”

Laraine Cham­ber­lain presents at Net­work­ing Nights about grat­i­tude.

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