Scheduling & Managing 1-2-1’s Twitter Hour

The Athena Network host a weekly Twitter Hour on Monday’s from 8-9pm. To get involved with the chat you are able to follow by using the hashtag #Athenabizhour.

Each week will feature an expert in their field. They will be available to answer your questions around their profession, and to offer fabulous advice and tips, that you can transfer to your own businesses.

It is also a great opportunity to connect with fellow members, Regional Directors and visitors from around the UK and beyond.

This week we had a focused topic on Managing & Scheduling 1-2-1’s. There were lots of great tips shared, here is a selection below;

Do you have a favourite 1:1 tip?

Know what time you will finish to avoid getting carried away as all too interesting

That is really important for me. As much as I love 1:1 mtgs I am also respectful of time

How do you prepare for a 1:1 meeting?

Confirm the date and time the day or two. Find and follow on social media and look at their website

Excellent tips. A professional way to manage time and shows respect

@ColourFirst – I prepare by researching their website, thinking of possible connections before, & go with just an intention of listening

-One of my top tips that I’ve carried over from corporate days People love to know you have researched

Researching ahead is so important, I always feel valued when people have taken the time to do this

Also helps to clarify. Easy to make assumptions about someone’s business but you might be barking up the wrong tree!!!

Do you create an agenda for your 1:1 meetings? If so what do you have on it?

My agenda is always how I can understand and help their business?
– Prepare to serve delivers the best results, excellent!

Unusually for me no. I go with it but keep an eye on time and make sure both get our key points raised

Always good to ascertain what the time-frame is, any other commitments after – ideal to gently bring the 121 to a close.

Yes, it can always be done gently and good to agree in advance

Tell us about the most awkward 1:1 meeting you have had? (no names!)

-The one where my ears were assaulted and I didn’t have an opportunity to say anything

Elegant Exits, could be adapted for exiting 121’s with grace

There is a distinction isn’t there. Elegantly exiting a conversation V gracefully excusing yourself from 1:1

Or having the techniques to gently turn the conversation to more of a 2 way street.

Elegant exit sounds intriguing example? Please?

“I’ve loved our conversation and now I’ve seen someone else I promised to connect with”
Lean forward, shake hands, “It’s been enlightening to talk to you, thanks for your time”

If you were granted a 1:1 with your favourite entrepreneur what question would you ask?

If you were me what would you do next? Then listen.

I would ask what their most useful lesson learnt in their business was and why?

In an ideal world who would you most like to have a 1:1 with? Go wild!

@JaneTHoye- Michelle Obama

What a fabulous choice! What would you ask her?

How did she handle her support role when she’s such a superstar intellectually herself. Other women would have struggled


Book a 1-1 before Athena monthly meet creates a natural close

Add the mobile number of the person you’re meeting to your diary/calendar entry, in case you are delayed.
-So important Linda, been caught out too many times with that one before!
-Me too Jo, it’s so simple to do, but needs to be part of a routine. I always add the postcode as well

Pick a location that is easy to meet up at.
~Absolutely, love this tip I’ve lost days of my life searching for venues only to find there is no parking

1-1 tip..Hate being late! leave and give yourself plenty of time to arrive.

@JustCelebrant My 1:1 tip is that the words silent & listen have the same letters – know how to use them – learn about the other person


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