Whether you want to create new business connections or reawaken those already made networking is the perfect opportunity to do so. Taking time out of your busy schedule to meet people and potential new clients can be crucial for business development whilst, also, helping to build strong client relationships.
Our top tips below will help you navigate those nerve-wracking face-to-face networking situations and will also ensure you get the most potential out of your networking.
- Come prepared with a clear goal in mind – Preparing for your networking meeting is key, make sure you have checked the attendees list so you know who is attending and those who can help grow your business, and you could help theirs get recognised.
- Have some conversation starters ready – Write down some key conversation starters that you can refer to in case your nerves get the better of you.
- Introduce yourself and your business – This is the most important tip, make sure you properly introduce yourself with your full name and most importantly your business, after all that is why you are there!
- Ask people about themselves – No one likes someone who talks about themselves to much, make sure you ask questions about other people and their business.
- Take down contact details after your conversation – Don’t make the rookie error of forgetting who you spoke to and what they do, after each conversation you have, make sure you note down their name and business details, and of course contact details.
- Ask for what you want – Whether that be to connect via social media, another meeting to explore how you can help each other or something else. Don’t be afraid to ask!
- Follow up every time – Key to a successful networking session is to immediately follow up. Connect on social media, send an introductory email, or introduce your contacts to them.
Why networking is important to your success?
Statistics show that the most connected people with a get up and go attitude are the most successful, when you invest in your business relationships it can lead to success and progression. Networking will help you stay relevant in your industry and up to date with the latest industry news and not forgetting keeping up with the competition. The true colours of a networking event will show after, the emails traded, the connections made and the relationships that develop and grow.