When: 8th August 2019
Educational seminar 10-11.30
Main network event 11.30am-2.00pm
Where: The Double Tree by Hilton
So When you think of attending a Business Networking event – which of these best describes you?
- It would not happen – I hate the thought of Networking?
- I hate walking into a room of strangers?
- Its only ever about Hard sell – why would I do that?
- I’ve given up on networking events because I never meet REAL decision makers that have authority to buy?
- The referrals are meaningless – they are just fake to tick a box.
- Actually I’m a seasoned WEEKLY Networker – but I’m thinking its time to take the next step and join a Business Network Group that provides access to bigger, better quality Businesses
- I want to grow my business but need to meet genuine honest trustworthy and encouraging people to share ideas, problems, solutions?
- I need some quality reliable suppliers and cant find them anywhere.
- I’ve just left a Corporate role to get back some autonomy and freedom in my life. So I’m trying to establish my own Business- and want to connect with others that have trodden that same path.
Then maybe our network is right for you?
Our Unique Business Networking Chester Philosophy
The Business Network Chester holds a guiding philosophy for our group; when relationships are based on a principle of “Know, Like, Trust” relationships are more sustainable, equitable ethical and productive for all. Our members have a unique perspective for success; they join us to learn, collaborate, innovate and help each other – together to gain successful outcomes for all their clients and customers.
The very best way to understand how The Business Network Chester can help you and the Business community in Chester and Cheshire is to attend one of our BRILLIANT events.
So, what makes This Business Networking Group in Chester different?
We know that 98% of people hate networking.
That’s why we leave nothing to chance. From a warm welcome, to the days of planning we put into each event – it’s our sophisticated seating planning software mixed with the time we spend getting to know members that makes us unique.
Although we have around 100 members, we operate a strict 5% maximum for any category – which means our group is diverse and membership places highly sought after, with wait lists in many categories. Competitors will never sit on the same table and seating requests from members, along with our member insights, and network magic are woven into the plan.
We ensure each attending Company can meet the companies and types of Business they want to meet – be it to buy as well as “sell” – but many of our most successful members don’t “sell” – they solve problems for friends that have built up a strong relationship based on “Know like trust”.
That’s our guiding philosophy – when we know, like and In TIME learn to trust people – Business is more sustainable, more ethical and importantly much more fun!
Imagine – a network of around 100 trusted diverse Businesses to meet with once a month – that’s at least 50.000 connections waiting to be made – ONCE you have built trust and rapport with our fellow members.
So, is our style of Business networking any good ?
Well, we’re always going to answer “YES”. You are going to have to refer to a more impartial source; our members. Over 60% of our members have been with us since 2010 launch in Chester.
Why not just come along to an event and chat to them? They will answer your questions, learn how they can help, maybe even be able to make a referral to a great collaboration, supplier or potential customer.
Come join us and see for yourself the power of this Business networking group here in Chester.
Come and Visit The Network that works for you.
The Business Network – Our event running order
Main Business Networking event
11.30-12.15 Pre event drinks served and open networking.
12.15 -1.30 We then take our places at numbered tables for our “Formal” strategically planned table talks.
1.30-1.40 Time to meet other people on different tables – if you so wish
1.45-1.55 After lunch speaker – a chance for members to address the room
2pm The main event closes – but many people mingle and finish their conversations.
Optional Free seminar for Main Business Networking event attendees
10.00-10.30 Tea coffee served and a chance to begin your networking
10.30 – 11.45 Seminar start/finish
Please don’t feel you have to rush away. Now is a good time to make those 121 appointments and commit them to your diary.
Some advice and our support for making the most of the Opportunities that await at The Business Network event
- Breather, Smile relax
We are told at an early age do not talk to strangers! Yet at The Business Network our best advice is to breathe deeply, smile and remember how unique you are – no one is you.
At the end of the day its just a way to meet new people – who – in time – you may want to collaborate with, refer Business to, even buy from. Networking is a pressured situation so often because people set unrealistic expectations. You will find it hard if not impossible if you expect to walk out with a contract signed, Purchase order pad filled. If you set your objective say to meeting 6 new people, get to know them, and maybe set up 2 or 3 121 meetings – then that’s completely realistic – especially the way we craft our Tables at our Business network events.
- You are in safe hands- trust us
We are not about being pushy, and “hard sell” but relaxing and being yourself. If that still seems scary then Tracy our host will be on hand to speak with you ahead of the event and ensure you are clear on the format, as well as understand where you and your Business is at – what you want to achieve in the future and give you some sure fire tips and advice to make sure you gain the most from the time at the Network. We are here to help – think of our group as somewhere you can come to relax, to enjoy being out of your business bubble, learn and develop your confidence at “Networking.”
- Our Buddy’s
We always assign you with a Network member Buddy who will look after you at the event. They can introduce you to people and answer any questions you may have. They are long standing members that remember what its like to be a “newbie.” They will guide you, make sure you meet helpful contacts and enjoy the event.
- Act as if
Sometimes people who look like consummate professional networkers are simply “acting” and faking it till they make it. Even the most confident may well have butterflies in their tummies – so don’t judge yourself or others – just be yourself. Trust me – with practice it does get easier; the more you visit, the more people you meet; the more people remember you and friendship and trust blooms. If in doubt – act like a Professional!
- Helping mindset
The best way to overcome that feeling of dread is to switch your thinking to how you can help others. This takes all the pressure off you to “perform” and be perfect – and actually is the Best way to network ; By Showing genuine curiosity in others, asking open questions and seeing how you can help them you will quickly become a “go to” person for advice, for conversation and in turn, opportunities will come to you. When we focus on other people its amazing how much you will enjoy it And how much people will remember you for being that kind helpful person – and guess what – they will want to return the favour!
- Focus and clarity on your “Why”
Yes its easy to think networking is all about random connection. That’s where The Business network Chester excels. We apply science, intelligence and deep knowledge of our members to craft the table plan every month. So when we know who you really want to meet we can help and so can our members. So, your challenge is to really deeply think about who you want to meet. Members can ONLY help you if you are specific about how you want to develop your network. Even if you have a business where you can work for anyone (IFA, Web designer, Banker, Garden designer, Accountant) Make sure you take time to think about who your BEST clients are – and ask for more of them. Like wise if you need to plug into a new or alternative service provider – ask the network. If you operate in a specific sector – or want to branch out and diversify – be specific and ask the network.
- Follow up
That’s it you did it – you came, visited met new people – this is where those less comfortable face to face must remember there are many ways to continue to build those connections, deepen those relationships and build trust. So reach out and connect today – Linked in, Facebook, twitter, a 121. Share your expertise, useful insights and content.
The more you do it the easier it is – especially at The Business Network Chester! So come on, its time to put this into practice!