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As you’re probably aware networking is quite often at the top 5 marketing strategies of business owners. As a result of that I want to give your 3 tips to make sure you get back to your buck when you’re networking.
My name is Edward Plant and I’m from The Business League we ran business support organization that Connects, Develops and Grows or members businesses.
What are the 3 Networking tips?
- Meet the Organizer – Why would you do that? e organizer is the one who knows everybody in the room they put that group of people together they’re the person that get you to who you need to meet quicker. Get to know them, they are person who are good actually good at connecting people and growing people in the community and putting people in the room and they’ll know those people. Instead of going through the 60 or 100 people in the room go straight to the organizer and get to know them. Don’t go out and say hi who’s the financial planner? Or who’s an accountant? Or who’s the cleaners. Get toTh know them and meet them. That’s tip number 1 get to know the organizer.
- Come prepared- Don’t just turn up, don’t start thinking about the event on the car all the way there. Come prepared with what you want, how you’re going to do it and be driven in the networking. Networking shouldn’t be a social occasion to catch up all your friends. If it is, well it’s a social occasion. Go there have fun and do that we all know that networking we go there for business so be clear on what you want out of it. They could be one of the couple of things; in our events here are 3 main reasons for networking. 1 of them is the Quality Connections the second one is to Develop Your Knowledge 3. To Grow Your Business through a new initiatives to a new strategies. In every business league event that we ran we do all those 3 things – Connect, Develop and Grow.
- Work out your clean break – Have you ever been in a networking event where you’ve been cornered by somebody and you had a huge conversation. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes its’ not and you’re just trapped and you’re not able to meet all the other people. Be prepared on how you make a clean break. I was talking to a members of The Business League the other day and said that “the event was great and I do called 2 friends and I just didn’t get the full impact that I know I could have got “ and I asked why did you sit there? Member said “because I didn’t want to tell them I didn’t want to raffle the boat so I just went with it. I said sweet mate but you’ve just disadvantage yourself because of that so work out a way to pull lightly and positioning yourself make a clean break. In this place I said mate, all you needed to say is “ Hi guys, I catch up with you all the time. I love catching up with you but if you don’t mind I’m going to go and catch up somebody I don’t know, that’s what I come here this morning for. Are you cool”? and they will said Yeah, no problem, they’ll probably thinking the same thing. If you’re in a conversation in the same stuff it’s something to come along the lines of “ it’s been great catching up with you and I’d love to continue the conversation, but I like to go and meet up some of the other people here that are here today. Can I grab your business cards, let’s get in touch and have a coffee?” of course if they don’t want to catch up then don’t deal for that but workout on how to make a clean break said benefit and leverage yourself during the networking event.
That’s the 3 tips to improve your networking. What I’d like you to do is 2 things for me. First one, let me know which will benefit your networking the most. Send us an email or put it on Facebook. The second one is love to see you in the event. If you haven’t been to a business event before, come in it’s awesome. I am completely biased but it is great.If you have been but haven’t been for a while, we’ve changed, we’ve improved, we’re bigger and better come along and check us out again. Either way that’s all what I’ve got time for, Edward Plant from The Business League signing off.