Latest Networking Insights: Michael and Simon have been recording the M & S show for a while now, and each episode brings powerful information and insights to the entrepreneurs who tune in. This month is slightly different. The episode was recorded, live, at an event, providing Michael and Simon’s unique blend of expertise and business wisdom not just to the podcast audience, but also to the entrepreneurs in the room at the King’s Summit in Kent, United Kingdom.
The King’s Summit
A summit is an annual event for business owners and entrepreneurs. This year it was back to being an in-person event. For many of the attendees, including Michael, it was the first in-person business conference they’ve been able to go to in more than eighteen months. This made it extra special.
The Power of Networking
Michael and Simon talk a lot in this episode about the support group you need to form around you when you are in business. And these groups can arise in different ways and serve different purposes. Whether it’s purely a networking group, with a primary purpose of helping members acquire more business, or a mastermind group, or what Simon refers to as a mentoring group. Different groups for different purposes. And Simon explains not only the benefits of having a group of some kind around you, but why that’s so important, and how to get the best from it.
Simon and Michael discuss the highs and lows of being in business on your own. What are the stumbling blocks? What are the low points that bring you to the point of giving up? What are the tools, tips, and reasons to motivate you to keep going?
They talk about one of their old adventures. How did they cope when the going got tough? What kept them—literally—climbing the mountain? How did they reward themselves at the top?
Through all of the discussion, one theme reoccurs. People. The people around us can lift us up or push us down. There are people in our lives who are our motivational force. There are people who are our role models, cheerleaders, teachers and mentors. Michael reveals how lonely he found the first few years. How much he wanted to have people he could learn from and share with.
This is a major underlying motivation for the Michael Crane Live Podcast. The desire to reach back and be there for other entrepreneurs. To offer them the help he wishes he had. And of course, taking advantage of new technology makes it possible in a way that wasn’t available twenty years ago.
In business, as in any other endeavour, it is important to have the right people near you. And Simon shares his thinking about some ways in which you can achieve that.
Right there, live in the room, new networks were being formed. Group leaders were being identified. People were being offered the opportunity to leave the conference with a new vision, new tools, and a new support group to help them implement. How powerful is that?
To Recap: Latest networking insights
Do you want to know more about how to build your own support network? Do you want information, motivation, inspiration? Then check out this episode, and listen to Michael and Simon talk about the importance of building your own support network, the different types of groups and purposes, and how to get started. You’ll leave with ideas and energy, just as the audience at the King’s Summit did.
Michael CraneEntrepreneur, Business Owner, Presenter
Michael has built and runs a successful business for the last twenty years. He’s learned many lessons—some of them the hard way—and he’s met and talked with many other businesspeople. He’s sold thousands of products and learnt the one hundred and one things needed to run a thriving business. Now he’s bringing this knowledge and experience to educate, motivate and inspire other entrepreneurs.
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