Networking tips

Most of us will network at some point in our life, either as a solo business owner or as part of an established organisation.

Networking is not something we are used to – it means getting out of our comfort zone – you may feel awkward  – but by following the following points below you should then be able to go forward and make excellent working relationship.

Never go to a network meeting thinking I am going to make some brilliant contacts today which will mean my business/the company I work for will grow substantially.  Networking takes time and effort.  Let’s imagine the scenario you are out for the evening at the local restaurant/pub would you go straight up to some you were keen on and immediately say I love you let’s get married….I am pretty sure that person would run a mile.  Instead you introduce yourself…buy the person a drink,,,,have a chat etc….It is the same with networking, it all takes time and effort.

Top networking tips

Practice your elevator speech every day for a few days before the event

Manage your expectations

Plan some ice breakers ahead of time

Share personal stories that are useful to the event

Make sure you set a time limit with each person

Ask for introductions

Have a strategy, be strategic, have a plan

Listen more than you talk

 

 

 

 

Have energy

Have stories – what has been your biggest success (in connection with business)

Bring people into the conversation

Know the dress code

Be known

Always carry business cards

Be polite

Always follow-up after a network event with an email to the people you have met

Have fun

Why people network

You run your own business and hate feeling alone and without regular contact from the outside world

You are seeking more clients this is an ideal way for face to face meetings

You need to promote your service and be seen

You can meet like-minded people and share advice and tips on social networking, website and various other marketing ideas

 

Remember: Without networking your business will not grow

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