A random collection of tips & thoughts to help you get more out of networking

1. When you find a group that you like and that works for your business you need to attend regularly. People take time to get to know you and remember what you do.

2. The people that get the most out of networking are those that put the most in so focus on what you can do for other people not what they can do for you.

3. There are two sides to networking: a) establishing better relationships with people you already know and b) meeting new people. Make sure you do both in equal measures.

4. Saying hello to people you haven’t met before does not have to be difficult “Hello I’m Mel; I don’t think we‘ve met before so I thought I would come and say hello!” Remember – everyone is there to meet new people.

5. When you find a group that you like and that works for your business you need to attend regularly. People take time to get to know you and remember what you do

6. Be prepared. Someone is bound to ask what you do. Try and avoid giving either a one word answer or a long rambling speech. You want a couple of sentences that say something about you and your business.

7. The one minute. I love this – finding out about everyone else’s businesses. Who knew there were so many interesting people / businesses in the room?

8. The one minute – oh but you have to do your own one minute intro too. Simple: Your name, your business name, your couple of sentences (see 6 above) and an example of a recent project or give us a useful tip.

9. When you find a group that you like and that works for your business you need to attend regularly. People take time to get to know you and remember what you do.
(…so no I didn’t make a mistake when I repeated this before).

10. Make you sure you stay for the open networking session after the one minute intros – this is when you really make connections.

11. Business Cards … dispense with extreme caution! Please don’t just walk round the room giving them out to everyone.

12. What people notice most is your attitude and they remember the positive, enthusiastic people who come over as being very professional about how they run their business.

13. Oh but one last thing… When you find a group that you like and that works for your business you need to attend regularly. People take time to get to know you and remember what you do.

Simplistic I know – but what was my main message in this post?

No I am not going to say it again as I am sure you can all tell me, but whether it is Coffee and Connect or another group – if you’ve found a meeting where you really feel “at home” and you can see potential good connections for your business please make time in your diary to attend …regularly!

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