Be the Best at Networking with Introbiz
Networking can be a very scary prospect for some people – think about it. You approach and start a conversation with a complete stranger in what could be a completely unfamiliar environment, it could be very daunting. Here at Introbiz, we wanted to give you a guide on how to be the best at networking, so grab a cuppa and take some notes!
1. Speak to Tracey and Paul
When you arrive with us, you’ll be introduced to Tracey and Paul, Introbiz’s managing directors and you’ll soon find out how extremely passionate they both are about networking. They’re experts at making sure you make the connections you need – and hopefully securing you some juicy business!
2. Be confident
Some of you have been doing this for a very long time, while others are very new to the networking world. However, confidence is key. It’s important to remember that you are representing yourself as well as your brand so know your business inside and out and be proud of what you have achieved. Walk tall, dress smartly, shake hands and introduce yourself. You’ll soon make some great connections and friends no doubt!
3. Ask questions
Well done, you’ve mastered the hardest hurdle, you’ve started a great conversation with someone that could be of interest to you and your business. We do suggest that you try to speak with everyone, but we know that sometimes, this isn’t possible. Tell them about your business and then ask some questions, such as what do you do? Where do you work? Do you have any examples of your work? And this leads us to our next point.
This is the fun part. You can now listen to what your new connection has to say and decide whether his/her brand could work for you. This should take a couple of minutes and hopefully, you’ll get the chance to answer some questions too. Through listening, you’ll not only learn about the nature of the business, but you’ll also learn a lot about your connection too. You can also help each other, which is what networking is all about.
5. Business cards
If the connection you have made is offering a service which could be of interest to you, then you can offer them your business card. This should include your name and contact details. Your cards should include your brand name or logo so that people remember who you are as well as your brand. Make sure they’re clean and neat, remember, your business cards represent you.
6. Social media
If you’re a regular on Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, and all the rest, then it’s a good idea to tell your connection where they can find you. A social media page tells someone a lot about your character and interests, so if you’ve made a useful contact, be prepared to give them your Twitter handle, connect with them on Facebook and Linked In and get chatting with them. To practice, follow @EmmaIntrobiz, @introbiz, @paulintrobiz, @walesno1bizshow and @cardiffbizshow. Get tweeting us!
7. Follow up
A very important point. It’s all well and good saying that you will get in touch with a connection after the event, but do you actually make time to do so? Pick up the phone, send an email, even make a personal visit for a coffee. This shows that you’re interested and hopefully, you can do some business with each other. Make a proposal of how your services could help your connection and vice versa. You never know, you may have made a connection for life.
8. Have fun and become a member
Now, we’re not saying that you’ll get the same experience every week. Some weeks, you may find that there are five or six useful connections you have made while others, there may only be one or two. Every week is different. But remember, you have to stick with it. Become a member with us, and attend every week and the chances of you meeting a useful connection will be almost certain.
So, there you have it. Introbiz’s top networking tips. Make sure you get practicing by coming along to any of our events. You can book your place by calling 02920291002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.