Eight People Every SME Owner Needs in Their Network by admin on April 16, 2019

The curator of the most unique events in London, Mr. Ben Gamble, was interviewed by the Royal Bank of Scotland to hear what who he thinks every business needs in their network.

Ben recognizes the absolute necessity of a strong network. He gave his opinion on who is necessary in a businesses network, here is his section of RBS’ article:

1. The connector

AKA, the Kevin Bacon, according to Ben Gamble, co-founder of event management and creative agency Shout About London. “There are six degrees of separation between you and anyone you want to connect with,” he says, “and every now and then, there’s a Kevin Bacon that can get you there a few moves quicker.”

Gamble points out that true connectors are quite a rare breed because they focus on giving value to everyone in their vast network – they connect people to one another based on reciprocal benefits for all parties and, crucially, he says, they never keep score. “Whenever I need access to someone I don’t know,” says Gamble, “I look to be introduced by someone with integrity, someone who’s known to add value to others. By that logic, I must be worth speaking to.”

2. The buddy

“In the sometime politically nefarious world of business, having someone you can be truly authentic around is crucial for your sanity,” says Gamble. “Create, laugh, be goofy – or don’t. Just be yourself.” In times of distress, he says, the buddy is that person in your network who is there exactly when you need them and who can make you laugh aloud.

“You can find people who fit the bill for this everywhere,” Gamble says, adding that you just have to spot the right qualities in someone. The best way to attract someone with this kind of authenticity, he says, is to be equally authentic in return.

Ben’s insights are valuable to any size organization, read the suggestions from others interviewed in the full article here.

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