I must confess I love the Martini slogan .....
If you are a small business owner, at some time or other you will attend - networking events.
I made a conscious decision earlier this year that I needed to get out more, press the flesh and meet like-minded business owners. What I didn’t expect was how many networking events there are – you could go to one everyday! – and how different they all are!
But what I have realised is, that you need to find ones you like and ones which suit you.
Last week I went to two very different types of networking events. The 1st was a Business Expo, which is like a trade show but instead of all the businesses being the same type or on a theme say, The Catering Industry, these were any type of business. So in 30 stands we had a wine seller, telecoms, business magazine, indoor golf for events and graphic designers, to name a few.
The 2nd event was a ladies only networking group with a workshop called ‘Martini Networking – anytime, anyplace, anywhere!’
These two events were worlds apart when it comes to learning about networking, so here’s a (hopefully) light hearted, tongue-in-cheek look at what I learned at the two events.
Depends on why you are at the networking event and what you are trying to achieve? Ask yourself these two questions before you next attend an event.
Going to networking events can be a bizarre experience and you never know quite what to expect. But my recommendation, is to find the one’s you like, stick with them, keep rocking up, meet interesting like-minded people and don’t take it too seriously.
You never know you might build relationships, which will lead to work, and referrals both ways.
Let me know your experiences of networking events and what you think works and what’s a no no!!!
All blogs are written by Karen @ Project Complete.