AN INTERVIEW with mia
(Frequently Asked Questions)
How did you get to be an expert in relationship marketing and business networking?
When Andy and I met years ago, we worked in education, specializing in corporate communications, curriculum design, fundraising, organizational leadership, and public relations.
In other words, we both took very serious corporate messages and turned them into emotionally compelling stories and experiences that inspired people to take action. Between us, we’ve taught and spoken to audiences of over 50,000 and raised over $100 million in funding.
Our careers were rewarding, but there was one major problem: education jobs didn’t pay well. When we had children and reduced our earnings to a single income, it became unsustainable. We needed to make a change.
We took everything we learned about authentic engagement and applied it to business. We began a local business networking community, which grew to over 1,000 members in its first year and expanded to 5 countries, with 13,000 members in 41 groups, in just over 2 years.
We’re privileged to have met thousands of entrepreneurs through our experience with business networking. We offer courses, coaching, and corporate training to help business owners and sales professionals take action to master business relationships.
Who are your clients exactly?
I work with solopreneurs, sales professionals and corporate clients who are really good at what they do, but they’ve never been taught how to build effective business relationships or to set up systems in their business to market through these relationships.
Here’s a short list of some of the professions I’ve worked with:
- Holistic Nutritionists
- Mindset Coaches
- Professional Musicians
- Network Marketers
- Digital Marketers
- Mortgage Brokers
- Financial Advisors
- Professional Organizers
- Family Counsellors
- Interior Decorators
- HR Consultants
- Insurance AdvisorsExecutive Coaches
- Software Developers
- Virtual Assistants
- Event Planners
- Magazine Publishers
What happens if you haven't yet worked with people in my field?
We bring a fresh perspective to business networking, with ideas and resources that many of our clients report they haven’t seen anywhere else in their field. So if we haven’t worked with your industry before, consider it an advantage! It means you’ll have an easier time standing out in a saturated market and creating authentic engagement.
How are you different from other "business coaches?"
We know exactly how it feels to love your business and want to have a bigger impact, and *still* not be hitting the mark with your one-to-one interactions. We had to burn through some relationships the hard way in order to learn how to be better networkers. We made every mistake in the book.
Since then, we’ve dedicated ourselves to the art and science of informal business networking. Learning these skills allowed us to grow an international business network of 50 groups in our first two years, and helped us facilitate networking events for over 13,000 members. Our approach is also informed by our years spent engaging audiences, telling stories, and designing learning programs.
We’ve designed everything we teach to help you create and implement conversations and stories that move people to take action.
What type of personality do you work best with and what is expected of me?
Authentic Networker workshops, events, and programs were created for people who are serious about scaling up their business without selling out. They are ready to reach their next level of success, want to grow their audience and don’t want to burn relationships or their reputation getting it wrong.
We help you put together systems to help build better business relationships, so you can grow your local influence while converting more casual conversations into business meetings.
Being self starters, we’ve learned we work best with other self-starters who are ready to learn and implement so they can begin increasing their reach and conversions right away. You’ll be expected to take action implementing the course work in order to reach your goals: higher conversions, more clients, greater influence and reliable systems to keep you organized.
For what type of professional is this program NOT going to work?
If we decide to work together, we will spend time together goal setting, creating your relationship marketing system, and providing ongoing support. So please understand that I am carefully selective about the people I choose to work with.
This program will not work for you if you are still deciding what to sell in your business (for example, if you are so new that you haven’t created any offers yet).
This program will also not work for you if you are in dire financial straits or facing a crisis that needs immediate solutions. While you will begin to see some results immediately, relationship marketing takes time to implement fully.
If you’re reading this and you recognize yourself in that position, good for you for actively looking at options. We empathize completely and encourage you to find the right coach to help. However, this particular program won’t best suit your needs until you have an offer in market and know how to bring clients into your business.
Another type of person I choose not to work with are those who are cynical, who chronically make excuses for not doing the work, or who dislike people (it’s hard to build business relationships if you don’t like people very much!). If this sounds like you then I’d respectfully ask that you not call. I hope you understand. We will probably not work well together and I wouldn’t want you to waste your time and money.
What exactly is the Relationship Marketing Blueprint? And what is Networking Meetup? How are these programs different?
If you want a steady flow of potential clients, collaborators, referral partners and influencers in your business, this begins with understanding how to connect your message to the right people, how to express what you do in a way that resonates, and how to systemize this in your business to generate consistent traffic and engagement.
Relationship Marketing Blueprint helps you to fine-tune your ideal client messaging, use business stories to inspire people to take action, pitch your business to a variety of audiences, monetize and build trust through networking, follow up effectively, and generate consistent referrals.
If you are already doing these things well and you are trying to reach the next level and scale your business by increasing your local influence, then our Networking Meetup program may be more suited to you. This program teaches you step-by-step how to build a business networking group from scratch, how to promote and facilitate networking events, and how to leverage your group to increase your business leads, your experience, and your credibility.
Does this really work?
Yes! The result of our work is an approach to scaling your business that, over time and with your dedication, works consistently to fill your funnel, build powerful business connections, and increase your influence. (See Client Testimonials for more!)
What results can I expect?
In our Relationship Marketing Blueprint program, you can expect to:
- Get crystal clear on your ideal client, and develop language that will serve as the foundation for the rest of your marketing both in person and online.
- Use your business story to consistently get people to light people up, lean in, and ask for more.
- Create language that inspires people to take action to book that discovery call, add that item to the shopping cart, or become your client.
- Fine-tune your business pitch based on the exact pitch structure that transforms strangers into collaborators.
- Implement an effective networking strategy that moves relationships forward with ideal clients, collaborators, referral partners, and influencers.
- Learn follow-up habits to implement immediately.
- Create predictable follow-up scripts, habits, tools and systems to keep you organized and consistent.
- Begin generating consistent referrals that come to you from multiple sources.
In our Networking Meetup program, you can expect to:
- Create a local business networking group from scratch with full support.
- Have the group built and promoted for you on the Meetup platform so you don’t ever have to worry about the technical side of things.
- Watch your group size grow as more and more local business owners join your group and RSVP to events.
- Follow step-by-step instructions and scripts to know exactly what to do to run a successful event from beginning to end.
- Collect contact information and permission-based follow ups from all of your members, creating a steady stream of leads, collaborators and referrals from your business.
- Understand exactly what you need to say and do to follow up from your events to use your growing influence to get more clients and make more money.
- Supercharge the growth of your business network, both locally with your members, and internationally with the lead organizers and members from our groups across the globe.
How quickly can I expect results?
Obviously, this depends on how long you’ve been in business and how much you put into the assignments that we give you. That said, virtually all clients see results within the first couple of months in the form of new clients or new prospects, clients who stay longer, more revenue, turning more prospects into paying clients and more referrals from these clients.
How can I guarantee myself that I will get more clients, in record time?
Do all of your assignments and fieldwork. Be totally focused on relationship marketing. Understand that it’s not a “quick fix,” it’s not magic and it takes up to a year for you to plant all the seeds and for those seeds to grow into the fruit that you can enjoy.
All of our clients who have diligently applied every step of Relationship Marketing Blueprint and/or Networking Meetup have successfully grown their businesses, in much less time than they would have on their own AND have made more money than they’ve made doing what they do.
Will I recover the investment I put into this coaching program?
Yes, a resounding Yes! Many clients are excited to report that they were able to cover their investment often with only one new client. I want you to stop reading for just one moment to ask yourself, “What is a new client worth to me, and what is the average revenue I make from the lifetime of that one client?”
Chances are, that amount will more than cover your coaching investment. Most likely, you will make 10 times what you invested in this program in the next 3 years. The information and skills you learn with Authentic Networker will net you 100 times what you invest in the next 10 to 20 years… something to think over.
What you’re regularly getting with this program (and my coaching) is what I call a series of pings or ahas! that will move your business faster than you would on your own. Expect to get a lot of these as well as the resources you’ve been looking for and haven’t found until now. That’s what you’re investing in, results, more revenue, more profit, more clients, not just more “information.”
Mia, based on everything I’ve read and heard about you, I know you’re the one I want to learn from. What are my options for getting started with you?
Congratulations on making a decision for success! I’m happy to work with you to achieve your business goals.
To get started with filling your funnel, making more money, and growing your influence, here are the different programs and products we’ve created for you:
- We highly recommend that you start with Relationship Marketing Blueprint. It contains absolutely all the basics to help you make business relationships a priority, attract your ideal clients, use business stories to help people take action, pitch your business more effectively, monetize your networking, systemize your follow up and generate consistent referrals. This course is a must-have for every business owner and will show you step-by-step exactly what to start doing—and stop doing—in your business relationships right away.
With your purchase of Relationship Marketing Blueprint, you receive 2 free months of membership in the popular Authentic Networker Inner Circle which includes biweekly group coaching, Q&A calls, and community support as you create and implement your relationship marketing systems. You’ll receive training videos and PDF worksheets to make sure you are able to turn every lesson into action in your business.
- If you are ready to grow your influence to the next level with our Networking Meetup program, we will create your networking group in partnership with you, so you never need to feel alone. You will receive step-by-step instructions, done-for-you marketing copy, video training, and group coaching calls to ensure your new networking group is a success. You’ll be connected to other networking organizers across Canada, the United States and Europe to share successes, solve challenges, and profit as you grow your networking influence.
After the first two trial months, members continue to automatically receive coaching from me at a low monthly fee, unless you tell us otherwise. This program pays off BIG, especially at such an affordable rate. http://www.clientattraction.com
- I invite those who want exclusive and personal coaching with me to implement the workshop strategies to apply for the Authentic Networker Private Mastermind, a yearlong program to radically skyrocket your income. This coaching program includes three laser-focused coaching sessions per month and allows you to put into place every lesson learned in your coursework.
This program creates the most results BY FAR, as you have me for an entire year to work directly with you on YOUR business. Applications are a prerequisite to membership in the Private Mastermind.
- High-achieving go-getters who want to move extraordinarily fast in building their business relationship systems can also contact me to apply for the Authentic Networker Intensive Programs, half and full days of private 1:1 coaching. If accepted, we’ll spend a half or whole day in-person strategizing ways to optimize your programs and products, grow your audience, and implement systems to manage your business relationships. We’ll customize solutions to your unique circumstances and pull back the curtain on my own business so you can model my systems and do the same thing yourself.
I hand-pick my private coaching and intensive clients. To hear more details and and receive an application, email email@example.com.
OK, I know which program I want. How do we get started?
Great! Did you know that one of the most prominent characteristics of successful people is that they take action? They take educated risks, are decisive, take action, and they move forward towards success faster as a direct result of this. It’s a well-known fact these people make decisions based on their gut instinct.
So, that being said, since this feels right for you, then go for it. Here’s what you do: just click on the info page links above or if you have a question, give my support team a call at 1-647-628-8127 or email my team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. I can’t wait to meet you in person or on the phone to get you started on your path to more clients, more income and more time off to enjoy it all!
If I’m not sure I’m ready to get started, how can I sample your work at low cost to see if it’s the right solution for me?
A way to sample Authentic Networker programs is by subscribing to our email list, and attending our free and low-cost webinars and workshops. To get a sense of what it’s like to coach with us, you can also book a relationship marketing audit to examine which areas of your business relationships are working well, and which others can begin to get you traction with immediate adjustments.
OK, I’m ready to do this for myself, but I have a couple of additional questions. Can I call you?
Good, sounds like you’re ready to be pulled into your future! Yes, if you have a couple of questions, just email my team at email@example.com or call us directly at 1-647-628-8127 and we’ll be happy to walk you through the different options to see which one will be the very best for you. I can’t wait to see you succeed and am honored to be the one to help you. Let’s get going!
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