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My mission in life is help professionals get better connected to the people, opportunities, and ideas they need to grow themselves, their brand, and their business.

We all deserve all the fun, joy, and bliss we can tolerate. I'll help you find more of it in your every day. Want to learn more?

ABOUT TryBean

Speaking, Coaching, Training, Oh My!


Hi, I’m Terry Bean. Consider me your guide to business growth. I
deliver goodness as a coach, consultant, keynote presenter, and trainer. Known for my inspiredutaining style, I delight clients and audiences while helping them grow as a person, a business and a brand. Enjoy your stay on my site and reach out anytime.

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Why Finding Harmony Matters

Casting a Positive Stone

Folks would tell you that I'm a dynamic present. My goal is to be "inspiredutaining". Your audience will learn new tips and tricks, laugh while doing so, and be ready to take on the world. Bean's unique gifts include delivering complex information in an accessible way and making mundane information funformative.

The majority of my 30+ presentations fall under the categories of: Communication, Mindset, or Relationship Building. Often times, they include all 3. And I'm always happy to build a customized presentation for your unique needs.


Your Audience Deserves a Presenter Who Will Knock Them Awake, Aware, and Ready to Take Action.

WHAT WE OFFER

What Does Terry Bean Do?

Coaching

Therapist. Wish Granter. Strategist. Clearer of chaos. Best friend 4 hire. All in, ALL the time. Executives have never had a friend like me...

Training

If you are seeking to level up your team in the areas of Communication, Leadership, Biz Dev, and more, we should chat.

Behavioral Assessments

I recently became a certified guide with Behavioral Elements. This powerful tool helps you understand what drives behavior.

Group Coaching

The group coaching project that is happening now is all about landing on a TEDx stage. If you've dreamed of stepping on the red dot, this could be for you.

Courses

Love that when I wrote this page three months ago, I said courses on coming soon. You can get to the Networking Mastery or TEDx courses above. Or check out the Prime Mover Playbook.

TEDxDetroit

Over the past 15 years we've put on 15 spectacular events. You can bet number 16 in 2024 will be equally aamazing.

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10 Ways to Suck Less at Networking

November 18, 20214 min read

I’ve been coaching/training people on being better at networking for over 20 years. It dawned on me that perhaps I’ve been looking at it the wrong way. Maybe instead of  helping people be better, maybe I should suggest ways they can simply suck less. To that end, here you go…

1. Must be present to win-

I’ve talked about the #1 rule of networking is you have to “show up”. You know what? It’s not enough to show up. You have to be present. And I mean fully present. Not thinking about what’s for lunch or what’s on TV tonight. Put your phone down and pay attention. Opportunities to be of service and to be referred happen quickly at networking events. If you’re not present, you will miss them.

2. Stop bringing “enough cards for everyone”-

Look at your desk (or your nightstand or your old shoe box or wherever you stash these things) and count how many cards you haven’t done a thing with. Go ahead. I’ll wait. You done? Right…not even close BUB. Here’s the trick, you don’t need to give your card to everyone you meet. You know why? Because not everyone you meet wants it. And that’s okay. Cards should be passed out and collected sparingly. Speaking of cards…

3.  Ask people for their cards-

No. Not everyone. Only the people with whom you want to build a relationship. Here’s the logic. When you pass them your card, you have to wait for them to call you. When you get their card, you can control the follow up. For those of you who already have too many business cards, read THIS POST on what to do with them.

4. Don’t just talk with people you already know-

Networking is about meeting new people as much as it’s about reconnecting with folks you know. You have to have a balance. Make it a point to meet 3-5 new people at every event you attend. 3-5, not 30-50. It’s easier to meet new people at a networking event when you’re not worried about meeting everyone…trust me.

5. Introduce people-

Since people are there to meet people, be of service and make some introductions. You don’t have to hold onto your contacts like they’re a Pete Rose rookie card. Share them. Every once in a while you’ll make a very valuable connection and these two people will both be on the lookout for ways to help you.

6. Stop selling us while networking-

Seriously. People go to networking events to network. This is very different than a sales meeting. You may get lucky and meet someone who has a need for your offering. Be cool. Setup a time to meet with them outside of the event. Who knows, the next person either of you meet may need those services too. Don’t miss that opportunity by staying in that conversation.

7. Talk less. Listen more.

I’ve long said “I’ve never learned anything new with my mouth open”. You already know what you do and what good opportunities are for you. To be effective in networking, you need to learn how to help those in your network. You can’t do that if you’re too busy flapping your gums.

8. Spend more time on the WHY and less on the WHAT-

Most people at a networking event knows what a loan officer does. Same is true for an accountant, an attorney and a financial planner. Spend 3 seconds telling us what you do and the rest of the time telling us why you do it. That’s where passion lives. And passion is what engages people. You should also tell us for whom you do it.

9. Have a purpose for your networking-

Know why you’re going to these events in the first place. Make sure you’re consistent with it. Far too often people want to tell you about their business, their other business, the non-profit they support and sometimes just some silly stuff. Pick one thing and focus on it.

10. Follow up-

This is more of an “after the event” thing, but it’s so important. If you tell someone you’re going to follow up with them, do it. Write this down somewhere: DWYSYWD- Do What You Said You Would Do. Be impeccable with your word. If you don’t intend to follow up with someone, don’t tell them you will. It’s that easy.

Follow these 10 rules and not only will you have a better networking experience, so will the people with whom you’re networking.

What ideas would you add to this list?

Want to learn more about how I can help you, your team and your audience network better? Let's schedule a time to chat.

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Be Connected - My First Book

Networking

Networking, often confused and misunderstood, is crucial in the business world, but it's not about linking computers; it's about connecting people. The author proposes rebranding it as "Relationship Marketing" or "magNETworking". Networking enables business growth with minimal investment but requires effective execution. Many engage in networking, yet few excel at it. This gap is attributed to a lack of proper networking education and the non-mainstream nature of the skills involved. To address this, the author wrote a book divided into five sections: the principles of networking, pre-networking preparation, conduct at events, online networking strategies, and post-networking follow-up. The book, titled "Be Connected", is a concise guide filled with strategies for effective networking. It's ideal for those starting a business or entering the workforce, available on Amazon and in person from the author. The importance of networking is likened to 'word of mouth' advertising, a powerful tool in business, yet often overlooked or misunderstood.

Finding Harmony... My 2nd book

Mindset

The book "Finding Harmony," which originated from a series of essays written by Terry Bean for his daughter, who faced school trauma. Recognizing the wider benefit of these writings, Bean, with the help of writer Alexandra Borzo, expanded the work into a full book. "Finding Harmony" offers 32 lessons and activities aimed at addressing stress, anxiety, and other emotional challenges by refocusing on what matters most. It guides readers through dealing with root causes, past traumas, and recognizing triggers, aiming to change habitual focus and offering a new perspective on life. The book also includes a companion workbook with exercises to internalize learning. The authors aim to guide readers on a journey of self-discovery and healing, offering a signed copy of the book through their website.

Find What Drives Your Behavior

Assessment

Behavioral Elements is a new way to look at the primary and secondary drivers of human behavior. There is a fully functional assessment that will provide you great insights that you can use for you, your teammates at work and your partner at home.

Once we understand what is driving the behavior we learn how to behave more intelligently.

In addition, we learn how to better understand and deal with others too.

Testimonials

“I worked with Terry to publicize my book and to be a TEDx speaker. He was masterful in helping me get crystal clear on my message and give a powerful delivery. He quite brilliantly crafted my talk with me and connected me with the just the right people. Terry will inspire you, nurture you and connect you! I plan on working with him as a rabbi, author and speaker for years to come. He is absolutely the BEST!”

-Rabbi Tamara Kolton, Ph.D.

"Terry is a difference maker for people. He is a leader that really cares about others and helping improve their lives. He does a fantastic job developing, coaching and leading others. I highly recommend him to other business owners. His true expertise is public speaking and he does a brilliant job engaging his audience because he has passion about his topic.”

– Jeff Clatterbaugh Independent Bank

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