How to Network The Business Network Chester Way
So often we attract new people to our events and the two things they usually say are
“I hate networking – whats it all about – Elevator pitches, selling yourself – Blurrgghh – hate it”
“Yeah I do it – but don’t really enjoy it as it all seems fake”
So – what we pride ourselves on at The Business network Chester is not only making Networking our way fun, but enjoyable and productive – but also leave such a lasting impression that people feel that “Eureka” I can network – I just had not found a way that worked for me.
So here are our top tips for anyone that feels uncertain about what we are all about – follow these rules at one of our events and you will be a Network GURU!
- BE HONEST, REAL AND AUTHENTIC – SIMPLY PUT JUST BE YOURSELF – RELAX AND SMILE
So how hard can this be? Well when you are petrified at the thought of walking into a room of strangers – what better way to preapre yourself than by throwing your shoulders back, taking 4-5 deep breaths – proper big better exhale big breaths, and smiling. You will in an instant (so long as those eyes are smiling also) feel at ease. Tracy and Hayley will be your first people to meet – and they will welcome you with a big smile, hug – even a “kiss kiss” continental style and spend some time with you helping you relax, get settled before introducing you or letting you dive into the network group.
- BE A HELPER – WHEN WE ALL AIM TO JUST HELP ONE PERSON – THAT HELP WILL COME BACK AT YOU
So Often people come and think networking is hard because they have to push or do a “hard sell” on their services or products. NOT TRUE! We INSIST you come prepared to listen, learn and help. And guess what happens? When everyone at the Business Network Chester listens, learns and acts with curiosity about the people they meet – amazing things happen. Because if everyone comes prepared to help – that help will come full circle right back at you!
- IDENTIFY HOW YOU HELP YOUR CUSTOMERS-SHARE SUCCESS STORIES, AND THE PROBLEMS YOU SOLVE
This can be tough for people. So often we dismiss our expertise and knowledge thinking what we know EVERYONE must already know. yes it can be a fine line when networking to pitch knowledge sharing at the right level – not too much gobbledygook but also not teaching granny to suck eggs. The Best way to help? ASK OPEN QUESTIONS. Check out our 121 guide coming soon for more help on this.
- COLLABORATE, CONNECT OTHERS AND THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX – AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THOSE 121 MEETINGS
So often when we do listen at a networking event or 121 and stop our own “mind monkey” chattering away at us we can be so much more open to opportunities and ideas. When members come together to explore how they can help each other and / or create opportunities amazing things can and do happen.
- GENUINELY HELP OTHERS – BE INFORMATIVE AND APPROACHABLE – AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THOSE 121 MEETINGS
Those that help gain. Those that give gain. We may all do our 2 minute table talk – but the people we remember are those that
- Connect to others
- Introduce you to others
- Act as a cheer leader for you
- Come ready to invest in the Network – time,talent or purchasing services from members.
- Simple smile, remember you and have you front of mind.
The Business Network Chester in a nutshell – Smile and help others – that’s it!
So – There’s a lot to take in – but simply put – when at The Business Network Chester events and 121’s, remember to simply smile and Help others – you will be on the right track!
Our infographic to help you get the best from networking The Business network Chester way!