If you have never tried networking or are new to it, it can seem daunting when you don’t know what to expect. I have also heard of people going to a meeting having an unpleasant experience and never going again.

Networking is a fantastic marketing activity for your business, it can help you grow your business, provide valuable support from people who understand your situation and help you find suppliers you can trust that come highly recommended.

At a good networking meeting you can expect the following

  • Your meeting host will greet you and let you know what to expect, they will also offer to introduce you to people so you are not left on your own feeling uncomfortable and unsure of what to do.

 

  • There will be a format to the meeting which will be clearly stated at the beginning of the meeting.

 

  • In most meetings there is a section where everyone introduces themselves and talks about what they do, this can vary from 30 to 60 seconds. Everyone feels nervous so, try not to worry.

 

  • Quite often there is a 5 or 10 minute presentation from a group member so that they can give everyone else a better understanding of what they do.

 

  • After the meeting you will receive an email, thanking you for attending, sharing contact details of the other attendees so that you can connect, arrange follow up 121 meetings, and start to build relationships.

 

The formats do vary so the above is a guide, the main thing is that a good networking meeting will be friendly, supportive, and welcoming.

 

At Reccobiz we pride ourselves on looking after everyone who comes along and providing a supportive and friendly environment, if anyone has any questions or comments, please let me know. I would love to hear from you.

 

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Reccobiz Ltd
Author: Reccobiz Ltd

Helping small business owners connect and communicate with your prospects and customers more effectively to help you build lasting relationships and solid reputations is what I love to do. I am sure as a business owner you value testimonials and referrals. My question for you is do you get enough of them? and do you do enough to get them? It’s not enough to have a Google my Business, Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other page and expect testimonials to appear by magic, people do not automatically refer you after one fleeting experience with your business. If you rely on repeat business, you need to focus on building relationships. When you have solid relationships with your customers it becomes easy to ask for and get testimonials, your customers will be so familiar with you they will naturally refer you to their family and friends. Isn’t that a great position to be in. Do you have all your customer contact details stored in one easy to access place where you can communicate with one, some or all of them at the click of a button? Email, call or text? Do you struggle to keep your prospects and customers up to date with...

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