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Definition of collaboration = the action of working with someone to produce something (Oxford Dictionaries)
Do you always see the synergies, that is, the possibilities to collaborate when speaking to others when you are networking, or perhaps when you’re listening to others’ 1 minutes? Maybe you don’t see the synergies straight away, but you do when you revisit your notes later… Why would you want to collaborate with others? Let’s take a look at some possibilities. Or, help others to collaborate.
What about the Experts?
You are an expert in your own field, your own business. But are you an expert in all subjects required for successful business, for something new and different? Let’s consider your area of expertise is weight loss. Amongst those around you at a networking meeting is an image consultant, a beautician, a venue Manager and a multi-disciplined practitioner in alternative therapies. Getting the picture? Let’s go further and consider that during the subsequent meeting you have together that you decide to “do something” together.
Next steps in collaboration
To set up the project and manage the finances, needs the help and advice of an accountant and/or bookkeeper. The project also needs marketing, using both traditional methods and social media. And of course, you're likely to need Contracts (KoffeeKlatch will have just the thing for you) that keep you legal and abiding to GDPR regulations too, for working with these experts. Guess what? You’ve met all these people! They are part of your ever-expanding network.
What knowledge and expertise do you have?
You may have some knowledge in these fields, but you are by no means an expert. With others, through collaborative networking your business offering is now different, stronger, successful.
Got you thinking, right?
Can you think of synergies and reasons to collaborate, now?
Thought you would!
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