I am in the process of putting together our Fall networking events – these are great opportunities to connect with your fellow business and community leaders.
A big part of the value of becoming a Chamber member is the ability to participate in a variety of networking opportunities that are designed to allow business people to meet, become acquainted, and examine ways they might facilitate growth in their business. Attending a Chamber event benefits more than just your business – talking about the issues of the day with other active business owners and managers allows you to become more connected to your community.
Most of you know the networking basics but it never hurts to review the basics, right? Here are a few:
- Have a firm handshake – this will convey your self-confidence in meeting the person.
- Don’t talk all business – the benefit of networking is to build relationships and connections with other people. Sometimes these connections are made because of a shared hobby or other shared interests.
- Follow-up – if you make a solid connection with someone follow up with a note or an email to let them know you enjoyed meeting them.
- Don’t be afraid – not too many people like walking into a room full of people they don’t know. Recognize that there are other people in the room that feel the same way and seek them out. Or join a conversation that is already in progress…most people will welcome a newcomer to the group.
- Keep at it – the more you network the better you will get at it. And the more you do it the more people you will know which will help you and your business.
- And remember, networking is one letter away from not working – so have fun!
I hope that you will take the opportunity to attend at least one Business Breakfast, Chamber Coffee or Business After Hours this fall. Look for the schedule out soon! As always, if there is anything we can do please don’t hesitate to call.