How to make the most of your visit
Business networking is not the easiest or most natural for some, especially if you have never been to a networking meeting before.
If you are nervous or anxious, don't worry - you will made to feel welcome and be put at ease. Everyone in the room had to go to their first networking meeting at some point in time, so they can relate and appreciate what it is like to be a virgin networker! Over time, like developing a muscle, you get stronger and feel more comfortable.
Give it go.
To help you make the most of it, here are a few pointers:
- Be prepared - make sure you know what you are going to say in your elevator pitch (it is fine to write it down and read it out; particularly if you are new to all this
- Bring business cards (and any other marketing material you have including banners - there are no restrictions or extra costs for promoting your business at an event
- Have at least one goal you want to achieve from attending the meeting e.g. meet 2 new people, get a 1-2-1 meeting with another person in the diary, share a top tip and so on
- Come with a positive outlook and a smile!
For more pointers, download this free guide.
I really enjoy the BusComm meetings, the format works quite well and the atmosphere is very friendly, most importantly it is not too scary even when you are new to networking. I have got enough support from BusComm members, number of clients and valuable business contacts.Ashish Kumar - Web Alliance
It is the best networking group I have ever been part of. The other members have given me such a warm welcome into the community and they are all supportive towards your business. The way Paul Green has structured the business community is fantastic and very well thought through. There is a whole host of opportunities to give your business exposure.Joseph Mogale - Strategic Web Success
Having just started networking I realise what great opportunities there are in the local area and get to meet some very interesting people and businesses.
I'm very positive that given time the fruits of my effort will pay off, so keeping my fingers crossed.
In any case, The Business Community is a very welcoming environment and not the stuffy corporate atmosphere I used to in my past life.Geraint Williams - Fourwinds Photography Services
I really enjoy the meetings, the format works well and the atmosphere is friendly, most importantly it is not too scary if you are new to networking. I have made some valuable business contacts over the last year that I would not have found had it not been for The Business Community.Andi Herrington - Wallis Payroll