Author Archives: Mel Wardle

How networking can benefit your business

I started going to networking events @seven years ago and over that time there has been a phenomenal expansion both in the numbers of people attending groups and in the numbers/style of groups available. Choosing which group is right for you is a subject in itself (and one I will address another time) but to Read more…

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We have new a “home” – The Elvetham Hotel

I am delighted to announce that The Elvetham Hotel have very kindly offered to host our Coffee and Connect meetings. Yvonne Goodright (The Elvetham’s Marketing Manager) showed Pippa and I round last week and it really does have the “wow” factor and everyone there is lovely – really helpful, so I am sure we are Read more…

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Thanks to The Lismoyne

  My very exciting news is that we have a new venue for our meetings. However, before I tell you about that I must say thank you to The Lismoyne Hotel for hosting our meetings for the past five years. We have held our meetings there since our second meeting in June 2008, staring off Read more…

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“Out of Sight Out of Mind”

I bumped into someone recently in the supermarket who I hadn’t seen for ages – an old Coffee and Connect regular. It was great to catch up and find out everything they had been doing with their business. It got me thinking about all the people I had met over the past five years of Read more…

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Demonstrating credibility in your one minute introduction

There many reasons why people will choose to do business with you but for me one of the most important factors is that I want to be confident that the person/company I am dealing with will offer a professional, competent service, in other words I want to be assured of their expertise. When talking about Read more…

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Coffee and Connect’s 5th Birthday

It’s our birthday! Yes Coffee and Connect has really been running for five years, since May 2008 and to celebrate we have a fabulous new logo / image designed by Phil Mason at Studio HQ. We will of course be celebrating our birthday in the only way possible i.e. with cake! I have ordered two Read more…

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Networking Etiquette

As it is the beginning of the month I have been checking my diary and can see that I will be attending nine networking events this month – that is a lot even by my standards! however I have been invited to some new meetings so am looking forward to going along. One of the Read more…

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Meeting new people

I had a great time at The Entrepeneur Roadshow in Basingstoke last week and it was certainly a busy networking week for me as I also attended a Hampshire Chamber of Commerce meeting, so I caught up with lots of people I knew and made many new contacts. It is very tempting when networking simply Read more…

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Put these dates in your diary now!

Are you enjoying being back at work? I ask because, contrary to popular opinion, I am and hopefully lots of you feel like that too. Of course trying to get started last Wednesday was horrible but by Thursday I was right back in the swing of it. One of the reasons I like these first Read more…

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Marketing Coffee and Connect

We have had some really great meetings this Autumn and one thing that has been very noticeable is that we have had lots of new people attending; indeed I have had a constant stream of e-mail enquiries / telephone calls about Coffee and Connect since September. However this doesn’t just happen by chance – I Read more…

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How can networking help your business?

Gain More Customers Yes networking really can help you gain more customers – though not straight away and not always in the obvious way you might think i.e. with people you meet directly at meetings. a) Attending meetings on a regular basis (and the emphasis is on the word “regular” here) gives people the chance Read more…

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The one minute intro

Why does everyone do a one minute introduction? So that everyone in the room knows who you are and most importantly, what you do. To illustrate this – if there is someone there who has been thinking about getting a website and you are a website designer, you want them to know you are there Read more…

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Successful networking takes time (and effort!)

I attended the Hampshire Business Expo at Basingstoke last week – a full day of visiting the exhibition, two networking events, meetings and a couple of seminars. It was a really good day – I saw lots of people I knew, renewed old acquaintances, met people I didn’t know but who had heard of me Read more…

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Are the morning and evening meetings the same?

Suprisingly the answer is no, the morning and evening meetings are quite different. Our morning meetings attract a lot of people and they represent a really wide and varied number of businesses. I always enjoy the one minute introduction session just because of the sheer diversity of what everyone does. This month for example we Read more…

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Developing a repertoire of one minute introductions

When you start off attending networking meetings you are always very focussed on the one minute introduction but after a while it gets easier and you know what to say. However then you realise that you can’t keep saying the same thing over and over as a) lots of people have heard it before and Read more…

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April meeting – diverse range of businesses

With many of our regulars away on their Easter holidays I knew our April meeting would be a little different to usual but I certainly hadn’t expected to have our usual full house with so many new people coming along last week. It certainly made for a fascinating morning with lots of new and different Read more…

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Using relevant props in your one minute helps to make you memorable!

I have a rather esoteric tip for you this month but this is a subject that has cropped up in several conversations I have had recently and I thought it would be helpful to remind you all that: Using relevant props in your one minute helps to make you memorable! So is there anything that Read more…

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Making a good impression

I quite often get asked “do you know anyone who…?” Indeed one of the reasons I set up Coffee and Connect was because I was asked this question so many times. I also will often see questions on Twitter asking for recommendations and usually I know someone who can help. But on what basis do Read more…

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Meeting new people – it’s what networking is all about

I have been actively going to networking meetings for four years now and it was lovely attending the Farnham Ladies Who Latte group last week and realising that I knew 75% of everyone there. However I have also been trying some other groups and went to one recently where I didn’t know anyone – so Read more…

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Evening Meeting moves to The Lismoyne Hotel in Fleet

From February 2012 our evening meetings will be at The Lismoynme Hotel in Fleet i.e. both meetings will be at the same venue. Mnay thanks to Oak Park Golf Club who looked after us so well during the past year however holding both meetings at the same venue will make the logistics much easier and Read more…

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How to make networking work for you in 2012

Over the years that I have been running Coffee and Connect I have met lots of people and some of them have really made Coffee and Connect meetings work for them and their business. I have often spoken to them about what it is that makes networking work for them and here is a summary Read more…

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Helping other people can help your business

If you’ve ever attended any networking meetings I am sure you will have come across people who everyone knows and others always say good things about. Perhaps you may have wondered what it is about these people that makes everyone like and recommend them. Well one important characteristic that these successful networkers all have in Read more…

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Types of business that are represented at Coffee and Connect

We had an amazing variety of business represented at our meetings this month – just to give you an example these were some of the businesses that attended our Tuesday evening meeting in September: Accountant Graphic Designer Human Resources Security Services Photographer Complementary Therapist Personal Assistant Will Writer Website Designer Bookkeeper Interior Designer Fire Compliance Read more…

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Who comes to Coffee and Connect?

If you have ever ventured out into the world of business networking I am sure you will have encountered some pretty scary people – just like in the “real” business world – people you regard as being too pushy or perhaps rather false. Well I can categorically say that Coffee and Connect people are not Read more…

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Why did I start Coffee and Connect?

I started Coffee and Connect because I found I was spending lots of time introducing my magazine advertisers to each other because a) I could see potential business opportunities for them and b) I thought they would get on and work well together. So right from the start Coffee and Connect has always had this Read more…

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How do you feel about “business networking”?

Well I can tell you that if the term “business networking” makes you want to run a mile then you are not alone! Although it is a good way of describing the concept the term has become associated with an image of a very pushy form of networking. I actually often describe Coffee and Connect Read more…

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Making your one minute memorable

I’ve been out and about quite a bit recently and have listened to many one minute presentations from people I haven’t encountered before. I’ve heard a lot of great one minutes but two stood out for me because of how they were delivered. Both people clearly had a genuine enthusiasm for what they did – Read more…

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Who do you speak to when you go to a networking meeting?

I would imagine that when you arrive you probably go straight over to people you already know and say hello – perfectly natural and if you are a regular attendee you probably know lots of people which is great. However networking meetings are also a great opportunity to speak to people you haven’t met before Read more…

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How to get the best out of networking

Last time I wrote about how networking can help your business so this time I thought you might find it helpful if I gave you some tips on things you can do to get the best out of networking. 1. Be prepared – put the dates in your diary well in advance and spend a Read more…

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Why networking is good for your business

Six years ago when I published my first magazine I was occasionally invited to a networking meeting, how times change – today I could fill up my diary every day for the next month with a networking event. So clearly lots of people think networking is a good thing but I know from many of Read more…

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Looking forward to our next meeting on Tuesday

So we had a fab ladies meeting yesterday and we now have our evening meeting on Tuesday (12th April). Next month will be our third birthday for our Ladies group – there will be cake!

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Fab meeting at Oak Park

Well I am relieved to say the launch of our mixed, evening meeting went very well with 29 of us attending. We had lots of new faces as well as many familiar friends and we had our usual unique Coffee and Connect mix of lots of laughter, smiles and good business. Thanks also to everyone Read more…

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Launch of Evening Networking on Tuesday 15th March

Looking forward to seeing lots of you at the launch of our mixed, evening, networking group on Tuesday evening.

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Our meetings are serious business!

What a fab meeting yesterday – a great mix of regulars & of new ladies. Several people commented on how we were all very business focussed. So yes we do sometimes talk about shoes, handbags and chocolate at our ladies meetings but don’t be deceived, we are all very professional and lots of proper business Read more…

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Ladies meeting this Thursday 3rd March

Looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday; 10a.m. at The Lismoyne Hotel in Fleet.

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Great meeting today

It was great to see everyone today – so many different businesses. Make sure you put our next meeting in your diary now! 10.a.m Thursday 3rd March.

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Ladies meeting tomorrow 3rd Feb

It is our regular ladies meeting on Thursday 3rd Feb.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.

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Wed 7th Mar – 10am

Victoria  Hall, Hartley Wintney RG27 8RE

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