networking events

Do I really want to connect with you?

by Charlie Lawson on April 25, 2013 · 10 comments

Crowd 1I was chatting with a business owner the other day about online networking.  He said he was getting massively frustrated with Linked In – he understood that it was important that he had a presence on the network – but just found himself inundated with connection requests, and plenty of them were from people he didn’t know.

I asked him what he did with all these requests – he replied that he simply clicked ‘ignore’.  [click to continue…]

Remember Your Networking Toolkit

by Rob Brown on August 6, 2012 · 0 comments

You know you should network, and you hopefully know where you should be networking. But you can’t turn up to an event or network meeting empty-handed. What you bring with you through the door separates the good networkers and GREAT networkers. The good will go to the event, the great will go completely prepared. And part of showing up prepared is your ‘networking toolkit’.

Your networking toolkit will ensure that you achieve the best possible results from any networking event. Your toolkit is one of the biggest keys to the networking doors of success. Let’s take a look at some of the things your networking toolkit contains… [click to continue…]

Invisible Networking

by Andy Lopata on July 15, 2012 · 2 comments

I was discussing networking skills during a networking event recently. A couple of fellow attendees had read my profile in advance and had been watching to see how I ‘worked the room’. Would I pass out lots of business cards? Did I make sure I spoke to everyone there?

I’m pleased to report that I did none of the above, I simply relaxed, enjoyed myself and had a number of interesting conversations. Some of those conversations promise to lead to interesting opportunities. But I digress.

Talking about behaviour at networking events with these two attendees, one commented that “you recognise when someone is networking poorly, but don’t actually notice it when someone networks well.” [click to continue…]

“The worst time to think of the best thing to say is when you’re saying it!”

Rob Brown

 When you introduce yourself to strangers (and friends) at networking events, can you tell someone everything they need to know to refer you, in just 60 seconds? This is your elevator pitch – your compelling answer to the question ’What do you do?’ [click to continue…]

What Impact Does a Nation’s Culture Have on the Growth of Networking?

April 10, 2012

Last year I visited Vietnam to speak at two events about networking and why it is so important. In preparation for my talks I asked Vietnamese business owners and expats based there for their views on Vietnamese networking culture and how it compares to the way we network in the West. Whenever I speak overseas I am told that the culture in the country I am visiting is different to the UK and, importantly, is less well developed. Swedes tell me they are shy, Romanians told me they are less willing to share ideas, contacts or advice. The Vietnamese told [...]

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Putting the pride into your networking name badge

January 31, 2012

At any networking event you go to, you’ll get given a name badge.  In the long run, you’ll find that you will get better returns on your networking if you always wear a good quality name badge.  Why?  The simple truth is you will speak to more people if you wear a badge, and the more people you speak to, the better. In BNI, all of our members are given name badges, yet not all of them wear them. Perhaps they see badges as BNI ‘rules’ – yet I believe that they, and indeed anyone attending any networking event and [...]

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What can we teach youths about Networking Offline (and online)?

January 16, 2012

Over the last 14 years of owning my own business I would say I have been through a process of being an Accidental Entrepreneur and an Apprentice Networker. The Accidental Entrepreneur was literally as it sounds. I wasn’t seeking to be a business person nor an ‘entrepreneur’, I purely created a network of people like me and due to being so early in the market for this I grew, with Thomas Power, a global community, Ecademy. That forced me kicking and screaming into the responsibilities of risk, cash flow, innovation and fear, plus friendships, ideas, creativity and joy!

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Take Yourself Out of the Equation

January 11, 2012

If you are good at bringing people together and making the right connections, you have the potential to position yourself at the centre of a very powerful universe. Last year I was invited to attend a dinner hosted by Vanessa Vallely. Vanessa works for a major bank in the City of London by day, but also runs her own website for women working in the City (WearetheCity) and a network bringing together women’s networks and Heads of Diversity in large organisations   Vanessa had decided to throw a dinner to thank the people in her network who had supported her and [...]

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