Where do you meet?

We meet at Victoria Hall in Hartley Wintney RG27 8RE. This is on the main A30 running through the village. From the Fleet/Camberley direction it is on the right hand side just after the roundabout / turning to the B3011 to Reading. From the Hook/Basingstoke direction as you come into the village it is on the left hand side just before the roundabout / turning to the B3011 to Reading. There is a large free car park and parking in the roads nearby.

Do I have to join the group and pay a membership fee?

No, there are no forms to fill in or membership fees to pay. I want you to come along to Coffee and Connect because it works, not because you feel you have to because you have paid membership fees. You simply pay £5 to cover the room hire and the cost of your tea/coffee and you pay that in cash on the day.

What do I need to bring along?

Please bring your business cards and leaflets as there will be a table for you to display these. Also if you have any products that you sell or examples of your work please do bring a few along to show people. Props always liven up the one minute intros!

How are the meetings structured?

We sit in a circle and go round the group giving everyone a minute to introduce themselves and their business. Don’t worry, we don’t time you, but everyone soon gets to know how much you can say in a minute and we always seem to manage to run to time!

When everyone has introduced themselves I usually have a few other bits and pieces to go through then we break up the formal session and stay and chat – sometimes business, sometimes purely social but always lots of upbeat conversation!

However most importantly before we break from the formal session we always go round the group again with everyone saying their name and business name. I know how difficult it can be remembering who everyone is, especially the first few times you attend so this way we make sure you can identify the people you want to talk to!

What should I say in my introduction?

You have around one minute to introduce yourself to the group. Just keep it simple; your name, the name of your business and a brief explanation of what you do. I would recommend trying to keep this first bit reasonably consistent each time then mentioning something different in the second half of your introduction at each meeting – perhaps highlighting a new product, a special offer, something that makes your business unique/special. The most important thing though is how you say it – enthusiasm and a smile go a long way!

How long do your meetings last?

10am arrive / sign in
10.15am meeting start – circle introductions
11.15am finish introductions
11.15am to 12p.m stay and chat
12pm. finish.

How do you use my e-mail address?

I send out a reminder e-mail each month. This contains details of that month’s meeting and some business / networking tips. You can see examples of these emails on my blog.