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Should You Join BNI (Business Networking International)?

Posted by Ilise Benun on

Should you join the ubiquitous global networking organization, Business Networking International? It’s not for everyone but I do have lots of clients who are members — for all the right reasons. What are those reasons? Here’s the experience of Baltimore-based designer, Deb Dulin of Dulin Design: I took your advice and joined...

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[Podcast] How to Take Charge of Your Business — Interview w/ Ram Castillo

Posted by Ilise Benun on

I was a little nervous when I arrived a day early in San Francisco last year to prepare for 3 days of live filming of my CreativeLive course, Command the Fees You Deserve. As luck would have it, I sat in on the taping of Ram Castillo’s course, Create a Knockout Graphic Design Portfolio and watched as...

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Networking Tips from Networking Expert, Andrea Nierenberg

Posted by Ilise Benun on

Last week I was a guest on the Freelancer Writers Den live podcast and the topic was networking at live events and trade shows. The other guest was Andrea Nierenberg, one of the queens of networking, of whom I’d known for a long time but had never actually met. I answered...

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How not to stalk your best prospects

Posted by Ilise Benun on

Photo courtesy Shutterstock (Image ID:226765558) I just gave a brand new presentation for Digital Olympus, a free online event. (You can download the PPT at Gettalk.at/Stalking and/or watch the video here and all of the Digital Olympus videos here. My talk was called How Not To Stalk Your Prospects and Still Get the Project: What...

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Who are “your people”? 3 Ways to Tell – QTMM

Posted by Ilise Benun on

I think I’m getting more preachy as I “mature” (watch for my birthday sale in the Marketing Mentor Shop in June, BTW), but I hear myself saying this to almost all my clients lately: Who are your people? Where are your people? Let’s find your people.  Finding “your people” is the key...

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