I’ve gained an awful lot from meeting people at industry events and informal get-togethers. I’ve met new clients, hired staff, learnt a lot, made some great friends and had a lot of fun, all through business networking.
Here’s some tips on how you can improving your business networking skills.
1. Make a great first impression
Smile, make eye contact, have a confident handshake and show a genuine interest in the people you meet. These are some of the things you can do to make a good first impression. Remember you have exactly one chance to make a good impression!
2. Don’t Be “The Salesman”
Networking events, parties and conferences are not the ideal place for the hard sell. Trying to sell can make you look desperate and is not the way to build successful business relationships
3. Always follow up
Timely, relevant follow-ups are one of the keys to successful business networking. Just meeting someone once will rarely bring you business. You have to repeat the contact, by email, face to face, pick up the phone, just make sure that you follow up and keep contact.
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I just did a search for “profigold HDMI cables” on Google. Showing clearly is an advert for the BBC. It links to an FAQ about HD TV.
Thanks to John from thedaddy.org for correctly pointing out that the BBC’s commercial enterprises go through BBC Worldwide which is not funded through the license fee. If it’s purely a commercial exercise they might want to land people on a different page in order to monetize the traffic 😉
Time to start packing. Next week I’m attending Webmaster World Pubcon in Las Vegas. I’m really looking forward to the event. And although I’m not into gambling I’m really looking forward to experiencing Vegas. There are some great sessions planned, but as always the bar is the best place, and thats not just because of the beer! It’s great to hang out with like minded people and share ideas and swap stories. I’m looking forward to hooking up with some old friends and making lots of new ones.
I’ll be stopping at the Wynn which looks pretty amazing. I’m also hoping to get out to see the Grand Canyon (check out this crazy walkway) and Hoover dam, we’ll see if there’s time. It’s going to be a very tiring but exciting week. Bring it on!
Been a bit quiet on here the last week or so. Typing has been an absolute bitch, a one handed bitch to be precise. Just over a week ago I fractured my wrist, and yes it did and still does hurt. How did I do it? Nothing glamorous, I fell down the stairs! What a clutz. My cast or “pot” as people up north seem to call it will be on for another week. Then it’s back to hospital for more X-Rays…
I’m currently involved in looking for a new office. I’ve always yearned for somewhere different from the boring, grey corporate, linear structure of many offices. I want somewhere colorful and little more playful, something with an edge. This is important for two main reasons. Firstly it creates a better environment for the people who have to work there. Happy people do good work and are more creative. Secondly it helps with staff retention and recruitment.
While Googling for inspiration I came across these cool workplaces. And you have to see the Redbull offices, I mean come on a slide to go between floors, are they serious?