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Interview with Patty Farmer, Expert Networker

Interview with Patty Farmer, Expert Networker

Patty Farmer, The Networking CEO™, is a multi-award winning and highly sought after business growth strategist, public speaker, radio show host and author of the highly acclaimed book “Make Your Connections Count.”

Recipient of 2012’s “Best Brand of the Year, 2011’s International Women’s Day Business Service Award as well as 2010’s “Best Business Connector in Dallas” award and a 2010 and 2011 “America’s Most Influential Business Connector” nominee, Patty has created a network of 100,000 + connections while teaching thousands of business owners how to effectively network and market to grow their businesses using a non-competitive and dynamic collaboration strategy.

Her newest venture, Biz Link Global is an unparalleled B2B referral networking and educational online community which introduces experts in their field with their target audience and teaches entrepreneurs how to take their networking global…

During our conversation, Patty and I talked about:

  • Some little-known networking tips that get people talking about more than just what they do
  • Why if you ask THIS all-too-common question upon just meeting someone, you’ve probably just tainted the relationship forever
  • The reason why Patty only chooses networking groups where she has to pay to be a member
  • Who needs a tagline, and why your business card is your most essential piece of marketing real estate




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  1. paid Mastermind groups…never considered that. Maybe I could make some coin!

    • Not a bad idea, Sterling! The paid models I’ve heard of are:
      1. Everybody pays into a main account, and then that money is used for guest speakers, travel fees to get togethers, etc. The $ piece is there more as a way to show that members are serious about it.
      2. A respected thought leader puts together a mastermind, then charges for entrance on the notion that the group will provide guidance and accountability.

      Either way, might be something to explore!

  2. I guess it just depends. I have belonged to low/no cost groups that were organized around a niche that worked and made sense. Vendors picked most of the costs there. I have joined paid groups. Some were well organized and worked well, but some it almost seemed the expense made the participants a little wonky. I laughed that folks were trying too hard to get their money’s worth.

    I think you need to be clear what you are trying to get from the group and try them out.


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