Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The University of Florida: Is There a Gator in You?

By Anthony Sinisgalli, Class of 1988

Chartered in 1906 by the first graduates of the school, the University of Florida’s Alumni Association currently represents approximately 350,000 “Gators” in every state in the nation and more than 100 countries worldwide.

Under the aegis of the Alumni Association, a network of almost 100 Gator Clubs brings together participants for an array of programs that support the university. These include reunion programs that bring graduates back to Gainesville and activities designed to “re-acquaint” alumni with campus life. The Grand Guard reunion recognizes 50-year graduates; the Silver Society honors those celebrating 25 years. Additionally, annual events include festivities such as Back to College, Spring Weekend, and the famous Gator Nation Tailgate parties before every football game.

However, the Alumni Association is more than just fun and games. In addition to organizing special interest groups on campus, it has partnered with current students to create specific professional programming, along with networking and social opportunities. The Alumni Association actively recruits academically superior students to attend the university, offering attractive financial assistance and scholarship programs sponsored by the Gator Clubs. Learn more at www.ufalumni.ufl.edu.

About the author:
A graduate of the University of Florida’s program in Business Administration, Anthony Sinisgalli is an active member of the Alumni Association.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Tips on Building Better Business Relationships

No matter the industry, successful professionals know how important it is to establish and grow relationships. Ideally, one should develop strong relationships with customers, vendors, employees, and even competitors. Just like other kinds of relationships, business relationships need to be nurtured and maintained so that they work for both parties.

Here are five tips for success in nurturing business relationships:

1. Identify the person’s communication style. Understanding it can help you avoid conflict. Watch for non-verbal communication like body language and tone to help you understand what is really being communicated.

2. Recognize individual learning styles and design your communications around them for greater effectiveness. Be equally aware of your own styles and needs in the relationship.

3. Respect the values and the boundaries of others. Respect builds trust and strengthens relationships.

4. Listen to ensure that you understand the needs of your customers. Sometimes clients want you to be an expert; sometimes they just need a sounding board. Use a contact system to keep track of what you know.

5. Communicate when you do not want or need something. Be proactive by forwarding articles, links, and other information of interest. Make referrals that create opportunities without needing something in return.

Be honest, be diligent, and remember that you can never say “thank you” enough.

A recognized business development professional, Anthony Sinisgalli possesses more than a decade of experience in sales, marketing, and managing relationships.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Importance of Knowing Your Market

As the Director of Business Development for HCA, Inc., Anthony Sinisgalli stresses the importance of knowing his market. He works with surgeons in a variety of specialties and strives to convince them to use his company’s Free Standing Surgical Centers for outpatient operations. He realizes that his success requires that he understand how the offices of his more than 200 clients operate on a daily basis. In addition, Sinisgalli strives to learn as much as possible about the various surgical procedures that his clients perform. Without this knowledge, he would not be able to effectively communicate with clients and explain to them the benefits of using his company’s services.

Becoming an effective sales professional requires dedicating significant time to research and learning about the market in which you operate. With a comprehensive understanding of the market, sales professionals gain a degree of authority and the trust of potential clients, a key to developing lasting business relationships.