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!