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Top Networking Questions #4

How do I choose a Networking event?


    If you don't know what type of networking event is for you here's some help.  In this short video Martin Davies of NRG poses some key questions to ask yourself to make sure you choose a Networking event that's right for you:


    There have never before been more networking events than today.


    You will probably find lots near you:

    • breakfast, lunch or evening
    • free / chargeable
    • structured / unstructured
    • sole traders / business owners of established and larger businesses.


    The important thing is finding a group where you can meet like-minded people regularly to build business relationships and make friends.  It takes time to build trust be prepared to make a long term commitment.


    Key questions to ask yourself are:

    • “Am I likely to find the sort of people who know my target market there? - do they swim in the same pond?”

    • “Do I feel comfortable in this environment”

    • “Can I contribute to the group - am I prepared to?”


    Key Learning Points:


      Ask yourself:

    1. "Will I meet like-minded people – people who swim in same pond?
    2. "Am I prepared to make a long term commitment“
    3. "Am I comfortable in this environment?” 
    4. "Can I contribute & am I prepared to?”


                                         Find an NRG event



    Here are the three top reasons1.1    Not being clear about thingsSpecifically:•    What you do •    Who you are looking for•    How you add value1.2    You are selling not networkingI often ask at our networking events who has come here to buy.  Nobody puts their hands up.  Trying to sell stuff really doesn’t work.  People just switch off.1.3    You aren’t following upI see so many people who go to networking meetings,Meet the right people, establish rapport, and then …. Do nothing and wonder why nothing happens.In this day and age it is simple to follow up by email reminding them of the meeting connecting on Linkedin, following them of Twitter, sending a relevant blog, inviting them for a coffee.So, it’s always a good idea to put time in your diary after a networking meeting to follow up.