November 10, 2015
How to boost your business?
It’s as simple as that, you know the truth is we really only do business with people we like and trust and never has Face to face (one to one?) business networking been as important as now.
We live in a global economical recession that has had an effect on everyone, if there is anyone out there that hasn’t been effected; please stand up and tell us your secrete. Now, we can add another element to this that effects businesses, we also have this automatic, fast and easy to use technological world at our fingertips where the consumer or client is constantly bombarded, on a daily bases of products and advertising, emails and 24/7 social media madness that leaves them totally oversaturated and without the so crucial personal trusting bond needed between services or products offered.
I mean let’s face it networking is the most powerful and cost effective way to grow your business after all!
Now, world renowned experts are constantly advising serious entrepreneurs to free up between 2- 6 hours per week and to invest them into networking.
That leads us to the well known saying of “it’s who you know”, but in reality you should be thinking more on the lines of “who actually knows you?” So, the only way forward now is to dress up, show up and experience the incredible power of networking.
Get out of your comfort zone, mix and mingle with likeminded entrepreneurs, the movers and the shakers. You will actually find that the more events you attend, the more comfortable you will feel, and… you will even see just how much you actually get to enjoy it.
Practice your elevator pitch; think about what makes you.. you and your services or products so special.
When it is your turn to say something, make it count!
Networking is not just about selling yourself; it’s rather more akin to the art of listening, giving add value towards other guests and learning to become a connector. Be true to yourself, there’s no need to “over-act” just be natural, after all we are all in the same boat and attending networking events for the same reason! A further ripple effect you will automatically find is that you will become inspired and motivated. You will meet healthy competitors and quickly learn new things as well as keeping up with new trends and before you know it you will have become a networking pro.
“I attend every possible networking event” says Derek Barber; a passionate full time networker and founder of the J-Biz Lounge, Networking with a twist. You can expect to make a minimum of 2-5 good contacts. If you just hunt for business cards and hurry to get back to your TV series a.s.a.p you have missed the boat! Remember it is called networking, not net-sit, or net-eat. Be active and take every guest serious, don’t misjudge any of them; as you never know who is in his network. – The biggest mistake I keep seeing again and again is the lack of effort to carry out follow ups with the people they’ve mingled with during the evening.- So don’t destroy the good first impression you left,…Follow up in the next 48hrs,first choice would be making a good old phone call!!
Hope to bump into you one day or at a J-Biz Lounge evening where you can find a great vibe, great people, all designed to help your business grow in a relaxed ambience assuring best networking results.
All our events are spiced with special guest speakers, exhibitors, live entertainment, a welcome drink, complimentary snacks, lucky draw and more.
Feel free to contact us for useful networking tips, and upcoming networking opportunities in your region.
Let me end with a quote by Zig Ziglar: “If people like you they listen, if they trust you they do business with you.”
Happy networking and maximum success,
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