How to Network Your Way to Success

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How to Network Your Way to Success

By: Lorraine Pirihi

Successful people do not achieve success on their own, they surround themselves with a well-developed, sophisticated support network. In a world that grows more complex and more competitive each day, networking is necessary not only for survival but for high achievement"...excerpt from the best-selling book "Masters of Networking".

Observing many people when I'm out and about attending various business related functions, I'm convinced that so many of them do not realize how powerful it is to make the effort to meet others and network.

Networking is great for business ... if you do it right and have a system in place to follow up.

Secret No. 1

The successful networker always carries their business cards with them. They have stacks of cards in their diary, purse, wallet, all bags...briefcases, laptop, handbag, car and office.

Before they step outside the front door in the morning, they check they have their business cards.

They know their card is a crucial promotional tool and ensure that the information on it clearly says what they do, has all their contact details and the design is attractive. The super successful networker likes to stand out from the crowd and will have a card that stands out too. Often they'll have a photo of themselves on it and information on the back stating what they specialize in.

Secret No. 2

When you meet the superstar networker they will ask you questions about yourself and your business and they will genuinely LISTEN TO YOU. They will focus their attention on you and maintain eye contact. They will ask you for your business card and offer you one of theirs.

Secret No. 3

The successful networker will write on the back of your business card where they met you and a couple of key points about you, so they remember who you are. They may do that immediately afterwards or later that day.

Secret No. 4

The superstar networker may provide you with a contact to help you and will expect nothing in return as they know what goes around comes around.

Secret No. 5

The successful networker will have a follow-up system. They will enter the details of the relevant contacts they have made into their database and communicate with those people within a couple of days. They'll ring or send an email , card or letter saying it was great to meet you, include information of the goods/services they offer which may benefit you. If they sent you information they'll FOLLOW-UP usually by phone a couple of days later.

Secret No. 6

The successful networker knows that the power of networking is in building relationships. They will stay in touch with you via an occasional letter, email, phone call or newsletter.

Get Connected And Get A Serious Return On Your Investment

Never underestimate how powerful networking is. It works if you work it. I know because it has played a huge part in the success of my own business.

Unfortunately many businesspeople waste their time, energy and money attending events because they don't know how to network effectively to get results.

They usually take your business card, promise to get in touch and never do! Or they get back to the office with a handful of business cards and throw them in a drawer, never to be seen again!

Now you can learn how to make the most of your time and money and learn from the people who specialise in this area.

Global Networking Specialist Robyn Henderson is a living testament of how powerful the skill of networking is.

Both Robyn and I have recognised that so many people would benefit from knowing not only how to network but how to manage their time so they can be far more successful from their networking efforts and get a serious return on their investment.

In response to this need, we've produced a brand new product entitled "Get Connected - Timesaving Tips For Serious Networkers"(see details below).

The Final Word

Make the most of your opportunities in the future, learn how to network effectively on an on-going basis and you will see the dramatic impact it will have on your business.

About The Author

Lorraine Pirihi, principal of The Office Organiser ( is Australia's Personal Productivity Coach

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Dennis 28.04.2008. 21:47

How do I print to a Konica 7145 copier with network printing? Hi, we recently got a Konica 7145 copier that has network printing capabilities and supports IPP. We have a small P2P network. I have tried repeatedly to get it to print over the network without success.

I can ping the copier's IP just fine. I am able to access the web utility so I know that I can connect to the copier via TCP/IP. IPP is enabled. Any ideas are appreciated!
Richard, I downloaded both PCL and PostScript drivers from the Konica/Minolta website. I have tried both drivers on mulitple workstations. I have tried printing using both LPR and sending raw data via TCP ports 9100, 5500, and 10001. I have tried printing to the spooler and directly. Everything has failed so far.
UPDATE: I just added a second network printer to the network and had no problems setting it up. The other printer is a Brother MFC-8460N. The Konica still does nothing. If I press the "printer" button on the Konica copier, on the LCD screen it says "Ready to Print" and underneath it says "Network Initializing." Thanks everyone!


Admin 28.04.2008. 21:47

Hi, Your best bet is use the PCL driver if you dont know if you have postscript installed. Open the printer properties, click the "PORTS" tab, click "ADD PORT", double click "STANDARD TCP/IP".New window opens, then click "NEXT", enter IP address of the copier, click "NEXT", on next page ignore everything and click "NEXT" again, click "FINISH" window will close and you will see the small "PRINTER PORTS" window again, click"CLOSE", click "CONFIGURE PORT", in the PROTOCOL box click"LPR"in the "LPR SETTINGS" the "QUEUE NAME" is "PORT1", also click the "LPR BYTE COUNTING" box, then click "OK" window will close, on original properties window click "APPLY". You should be ready to print now.


John F 24.06.2007. 17:49

How do I connect a laptop to my pc wirelessly? I have tried using win xp to setup a home network without success. I don't know what else to try as the answers I have found on the net are very confusing and not very helpful.
Any help would be muych appreciated.

John F

Admin 24.06.2007. 17:49

You can use UltraVNC. It's a free software that allows you to access another computer remotely. You have to install on your PC UltraVNC Server and on your laptop you can install UltraVNC Viwer. So, all you need is your internet's IP address and you just put it on UltraVNC Viewer and you can access your PC and Send and Receive files from one computer to another.


Erin 01.12.2010. 02:41

Why was the Indian Ocean trade important and how did it develop? What technologies made the trade network a success? Did Islam play a role? Why could it be described as "decentralized and cooperative"? Be sure to include the various goods, peoples, and lands involved.

Help :(


Admin 01.12.2010. 02:41

The East India Company (also known as the East India Trading Company, English East India Company,[1] and, after the Treaty of Union, the British East India Company)[2] was an early English joint-stock company[3] that was formed initially for pursuing trade with the East Indies, but that ended up trading mainly with the Indian subcontinent and China. The oldest among several similarly formed European East India Companies, the Company was granted an English Royal Charter, under the name Governor and Company of Merchants of London Trading into the East Indies, by Elizabeth I on 31 December 1600.[4] After a rival English company challenged its monopoly in the late 17th century, the two companies were merged in 1708 to form the United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East Indies, commonly styled the Honourable East India Company,[5] and abbreviated, HEIC;[6] the Company was colloquially referred to as John Company,[7] and in India as Company Bahadur (Hindustani bah?dur, "brave"/"authority").[8]

The East India Company traded mainly in cotton, silk, indigo dye, saltpetre, tea, and opium. The Company also came to rule large areas of India, exercising military power and assuming administrative functions, to the exclusion, gradually, of its commercial pursuits. Company rule in India, which effectively began in 1757 after the Battle of Plassey, lasted until 1858, when, following the events of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, and under the Government of India Act 1858, the British Crown assumed direct administration of India in the new British Raj. The Company itself was finally dissolved on 1 January 1874, as a result of the East India Stock Dividend Redemption Act.

The Company long held a privileged position in relation to the English, and later the British, government. As a result, it was frequently granted special rights and privileges, including trade monopolies and exemptions. These caused resentment among its competitors, who saw unfair advantage in the Company's position. Despite this resentment, the Company remained a powerful force for over 200 years.


abubaker 09.03.2011. 01:16

How do I change the NAT Type 2 to NAT Type 1 in the PS3? I connected the PS3 with the PC directly without a Router by using cat.6 cable

I'm using mobile modem (mdsl)

This net settings on the PS3

Obtain IP Address: success
Internet Connection: success
PlayStation Network: success
UPnP: Available
NAT Type: Type 2

The router in use may not support IP fragments, and the communication features of some games may be restricted


Admin 09.03.2011. 01:16

How to change from NAT Type 2 to NAT Type 1: Plug an Ethernet cable in to the PS3.

NAT Type 1 = Wired Connection
NAT Type 2 = Wireless Connection (No Restrictions)
NAT Type 3 = Wireless Connection with Restrictions


TMLoVe83 20.08.2008. 23:34

How do I install my epson stylus c8400 network printer onto my home wireless network without the in disk? I have the printer installed on my laptop but its connected by a usb cable. I would like to move around my apartment without the cable. Ive tried adding the printer to my network with no success


Admin 20.08.2008. 23:34

If you have a router with wireless then you could attach your printer to a USB wireless print server



tdp_tudor 25.07.2008. 16:10

How do I transfer data between two laptops on the same wireless network? I have two laptops connected on the same wireless network. One laptop is running Xp the other one Vista. I'm trying to transfer data (music, files) between the two laptops using the local network, but no success yet. can I do this via the wireless newtork?


Admin 25.07.2008. 16:10

Yes, set up wireless file sharing.

What you would do is on the laptop enable file sharing.
1.0) Open 'My Computer' > 'My Networks' > 'Add a network place'
Go through the wizard.

1.1) After that goto 'Control Panel' > 'Network Connections' > Click on the way you connect, ex. Wireless G Dell card > Then on the right click 'change settings of this connection'
In this window click 'file and printer sharing' and press ok.

2.0) Bottom right of your computer there will be a computer with a circle, hover over and it will say internet. Right click and go view sharing. Scroll down a bit and it will show a table. Listing file sharing, printer sharing. Enable file sharing.


On your desktop if it is Vista repeat step 2.0, if it is XP repeat step 1.1. Reboot both machines. On the desktop if it is:
XP: Open 'My Computer' > 'My Networks' > 'Workgroup'
Then click on the network you created in step 1.0.
You should be able to enter the folder and drag and drop into it.
VISTA: Right click the internet icon on the bottom right in the task bar and goto network sharing. On the left open 'My networks'. Click your computer name.

This should work, email me if you have any questions.


cashmere 17.11.2010. 01:50

I am trying to run Safe mode With networking? I am trying to run a program in safe mode with networking without success.
The page is too wide for the safe mode screen which means that I can not have access to the buttons or icons required.I even have to use the task manager to close the program. There seems to be no way of narrowing or move the page over that I can see. .
I would love a solution please.


Admin 17.11.2010. 01:50

Run Windows in Normal mode...


JK 06.09.2010. 03:07

What success strategies will you use to market yourself? What success strategies will you use to market yourself? If you have marketed yourself in the past what strategies have you used? Would you have marketed your strategies differently?


Admin 06.09.2010. 03:07

You can do a lot of things free, such a getting out to networking events, using twitter and facebook, online business listings, offering free seminars to people, etc. That's how you get to be known as the expert in your field-- the go-to guy.


BOG 18.09.2009. 18:05

Where are some good places to market my network marketing business? Hello all,
I have become a distributor for a network marketing company that is new to Michigan. I am really excited about it, and so far it is working out way better than I had expected. I spend a lot of time online and I was wondering if anyone knew of some good place for me to advertise my business on line. If you know of any web pages where people would go to look for this kind of thing please let me know.

Thanks, Stan.


Admin 18.09.2009. 18:05

Hey Stan, all the answers provided are excellent places and strategies for promotion.

Just be careful to NEVER promote your mlm itself. 99% people out there DON'T need another mlm, they need a system.

You will need to promote the SYSTEM. That is where ALL the money is.

MLM is a giant gold mine. How many strike it rich, finding the elusive gold nuggets? 99% of the time, nobody.

How many make money selling tools to gold-diggers? A much, much higher percentage.

Do yourself a favor and promote the system instead of your mlm. Sell the tools (auto-responders, keyword software, etc) to other distributors of your company, make instant commissions on them fast, don't wait for your first mlm commission. You'll wait forever.

The money is all is promoting the system, mlm is just a secondary income stream. Plus if you use a system, signing up distributors in your company can be easier BUT USING A SYSTEM DOESN'T MEAN GUARANTEE SUCCESS, to be honest.

But it does help. A lot.

Promote the system in the front-end, help other fellow distributors with utmost necessary tools that will help them in their mlm business, pocket the instant commissions from selling them and sign up distributors in the back-end.

That is the mlm formula for success that 99% of mlm distributors do not use. Be that smart one percenter.

DO NOT PLUG YOUR MLM, PLUG THE SYSTEM. Don't be another mlm casualty.

If you are already using one, RIGHT ON! If not, read the sales pitch on this one:

In case I'm repeating myself, THE MONEY IS IN SELLING THE SYSTEM.


Aaron 26.09.2011. 11:53

Can connecting another computer to my network influence the connections of the other computers? I had two computers both connected to a wireless router. Yesterday I connected a third computer to the network and, although the connection goes through for this new computer, one of the original computers now says "Limited or no connectivity" and cannot connect to the Internet. Is it possible that the new computer is using up too much bandwidth and is therefore preventing the other computer from accessing the Internet?


Admin 26.09.2011. 11:53

On each PC: Click [Start] - Click [Run...] - enter: cmd, press [ENTER]
At the prompt (c:\.....>) enter: ipconfig /all, press [ENTER]
- Ensure DHCP Enabled == YES
At the prompt (c:\.....>) enter: ipconfig /release, press [ENTER]
At the prompt (c:\.....>) enter: ipconfig /renew, press [ENTER]
TEST: Open Web Browser: Connect to Internet.
If SUCCESS: Repeat Steps after PC Command Line on other PCs.


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