April 2015 archive

Back to basics: How to network effectively

If meeting and greeting people is something you love to do, then you’re already a natural at networking. Networking boasts a whole load of benefits for you and the company you represent such as; client leads, partnerships and fresh ideas so it’s important that you take such business opportunities whenever they arise.

We’ve compiled a quick list of our favorite networking tips to help you network to your best ability and allow you to enter the room oozing with confidence!

Be prepared

Be prepared to answer in-depth questions about yourself and the company you represent. This may seem obvious but there have been plenty of times people have been lost for words at such events. If you’re presenting at the event prep like you’ve never prepped before!

Research

It’s always useful to research some of the people who will be attending the event. There may be people your interested in or those who you feel would give you the best advice. A simple Google or Linkedin search will familiarize you with their background and they’ll know you’ve done your research when you approach them. Researching how other people advertise themselves may also give you some ideas about how you could present yourself professionally.

Small talk

Get used to making small talk that’s not about the weather! Find out what someone’s interests are and what they like doing if the business conversation isn’t flowing. Once you’ve exchanged all of your personal and professional viewpoints make sure you say ‘how good it was to speak to them’ and ask if they have a business card.

Find out who knows whom

At networking events it’s helpful to have an idea of who knows whom. This way you be able to get closer to the people who you share interests with.

Help others

Leave a lasting impression by helping others who are in the networking situation. Introduce people to connections you think they may benefit from. This may benefit you in the future when someone returns the favour.

Follow up

If the events gone really well and you come home with reams of business cards then be sure to stay in touch. It’s important to maintain your network and this can be done through a number of ways such as, an email, call or meeting.

Keep going!

Networking is fantastic for personal development. It’s important that you keep at it to develop your interpersonal skills and career prospects. Never miss out on opportunities to grow!

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6 Things business thinkers do

When using promotional material it’s important to understand your audiences. For many companies their target audiences will be like-minded business folk who are attending events and exhibitions to learn about other businesses, or who their anxiously presenting to in a meeting. So here at Rap Industries we’ve come up with 6 things business thinkers do so you can understand more about business brains like yourselves and what you can do with your promotional materials that might appeal to them.

1. Anticipate

Business thinkers always anticipate every move. They are visionaries who analyze every step they take and what their competition is up to. They seek game-changing information!

2. Think Critically

Business thinks question everything. They’re not afraid to challenge people and get to the bottom of things. This is how they find solutions to any problems they might face.

3. Prosper

Business thinkers don’t just got o work to work, they go to prosper. They want to accomplish something and their drive ensures that they achieve whatever it is they hoped to accomplish.

4. Continue to Learn

These types like to education themselves constantly, their not satisfied with what they already know. After all, information gathering is crucial for all of those important decisions they have to make.

5. Plan

Strategic minds must plan ahead, it’s in their DNA. Planning allows the business thinker to simplify their decisions and organise their priorities. Their professional outlook on life wouldn’t let them be unorganised.

6. Network

Networking is extremely important for business thinkers and it’s something they enjoy doing. By building a wide business network they can scan the horizon better.

6 Things business thinkers do

* Rap * (pun intended!) Your head around this: Body language unravelled

Sometimes building relationships isn’t as easy as saying what people want to hear. Too often words are inadequate and body language can be just as effective, if not more so in establishing a connection with someone so it’s important that we understand it. Not only do you need to be aware of your own body language, you also need to be able to read body language signals from others and find out what impression you’re making. To help we’ve come up with 8 things to look for at a business meeting or event to identify how someone is receiving you. Some of them may surprise you!

Personal space

The closer someone is to you, the more comfortable they feel. In a business environment this is signalled by a handshake and the other person should keep a close but professional distance away from you.

Head position

A tilted head can mean that the other person is challenging you while a lowered head can indicate that someone has something to hide from you. Be cautious!

Mirroring

Mirroring tells you that someone is trying to build a rapport with you. This will tell you immediately that its going well.

Arm gestures

We use are arms to communicate much more than we think. If someone is overly using their arms in a conversation this shows how interested or passionate they are about the subject. Moving the arms forward a lot may mean their trying to convince you of something.

Laughter

Laughter tells you that the other person feels at ease with you. They know they can relax and this means your half way there with building that all-important relationship.

Neck scratching

This signal indicates doubt and distrust. If faced with this signal try to throw some reassurances in with what you’re telling them.

Hands in pockets

If someone has their hands in their pockets you can pretty much guarantee that their bored. If you see this signal be quick to make the conversation more interesting.

Blinking

If someone is stressed or overwhelmed they blink more often and more dramatically. The eyes hold the key to knowing if someone is relaxed or would rather leave the room and never come back!

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The importance of colour in the workplace: Desk divider screens

Never underestimate the importance of colour in the workplace. The places we occupy shape who we are and how we behave so colour scheme is everything! Some of us spend years in the same working environment, sometimes even in the same office or at the same desk. Organisations must ensure they make decisions about how to organise workspace to improve productivity and creativity. They must ask questions about what the colour scheme will be and what will motivate employees. Colour schemes should always reflect the personality of a business and empower employees.

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Colours have different meanings and evoke different emotions. At Rap Industries we offer desk divider screens in a wide variety of colours and we’ve created a guide below to reveal the hidden meanings behind some of colours we have available so you can achieve the desired mood in your workplace.

Green

Green is said to represent generosity and friendliness. The kind colour also relates to strength and endurance to make people feel like they’re capable of anything.

Pink

Pink is a colour of universal harmony and emotional balance. It encourages a balanced outlook on life and is suitable for an organisation that has a heavy focus on working as part of a team.

Purple

Purple is perfect for a creative working environment. Its luxury and sophistication sparks the imagination

Red

Red is a motivator! It represents energy, action, ambition and determination. This colour would be great for a really energetic and fast-paced company.

Orange

Orange is a very social colour. Its warmth tends to have a relaxing and stimulating effect on people.

Blue

Blue holds the power to a clear mind. It stands for peace, professionalism and loyalty.

Grey

Grey is unemotional and detached, free from compromise!

Brown

The color brown relates to security and protection. Although it’s a slightly more serious colour it still has a down to earth and friendly feel.

Black

Black screams elegance and sophistication. The formal colour also demonstrates power and strength which would benefit business-minded people.

White

White’s simplicity represents peace, purity and cleanliness. This choice is perfect for a relaxed and modern feel to the work place.

6 Ways to Save Space in Your Office!

Don’t let your cramped office space get you down. Here are some great tips to make the most out of your limited space. The more time your spend at your desk, the more important it is that you have an efficient, compact work space. But in an era of work-at-homers, desk sharing and co-workers, small space can sometimes foil one’s plans for ‘cubicle clarity.’

1. Make use of common areas:

We need to shift our thinking about the physical work environment. Rather than focusing on the limitations of our smaller private office, desk or shared space, we need to adopt the philosophy that a person’s office is the entire room.

 

2. Rely less on paper

A small office will become more agile by reducing the reliance on paper. This in turn will decrease the number of filing cabinets and other storage equipment required.

 

3. Have stand-up meetings

Try holding stand-up meetings—they’re much shorter! For some companies that have adopted this approach, they’ve found that ‘rubbing elbows in close spaces’ often results in more creative ideas than typically come out of lengthy, structured meetings.

 

4. Get rid of clutter

DE clutter and define your space. Clutter not only slows you down physically in a small office space, but mentally as well. Don’t be a ‘shriner,’ turning your cubicle into a place of worship or shrine for your collection of colorful cat magnets and statuettes. Instead, define your space, convey a sense of purpose and stimulate the generation of new ideas through displayed thinking.

 

5. Use wall-to-wall flooring

Use one flooring material wall-to-wall instead of having a rug on a carpet or hard floor. Small rugs can make any space feel chopped up so stick with wall-to-wall commercial carpeting or an engineered wood floor that will be easy to care for. Avoid hard floor tiles, which can create an echo and make phone conversations challenging.

 

6. Forget the big desk dream

Use small-scale pieces. Everything is getting smaller in offices, and big desks are like dinosaurs—gone. Get a small workstation, perhaps one with a couple of filing cabinets and a pencil drawer. You keep everything in your computer anyway, so why take up valuable space with a large desk?

 

Another solution that we can provide our customers is office and desk partitions– these simple yet effective pieces of furniture are cost effective, hand crafted in the UK and will last a lifetime. They can create a visual ‘split up’ of key areas (or across desks) and the best thing? You can move them, extend them…and even post things on them- getting all that clutter OFF of your desk.

 

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