At Bambridge Tax we deal with countless company’s and every single one of them will vouch for the fact that networking is essential to a businesses success.
There are the obvious, traditional forms of networking aka business cards. Then there are the other forms that many newbies and novices overlook. This blog post is here to make sure you don’t fall in with newbies and novices, but are up where you should be- with the high-flyers.
Tip 1: Your friends and family is a network. Don’t forget that.
Many people disregard the value of their friends and family when it comes to networking. This is a definite error. It is likely you have several if not more family and friend members with highly useful skills. Make sure you use all of them to your advantage.
-Introducing your friends and family to new opportunities and networks can also put you in good favour and lead you to have access to more favours out of good will and appreciation.
Tip 2: Don’t work the room
If you go to a business conference, remember your value. Although everybody is a valuable contact you need to offer yourself as a business contact exclusively people who are a priority to network with. Walking round the room handing your business card out to everyone can cause offense or at the very least seem cheap and make you seem desperate- not exactly the impression you want to give to potential business associates.
Tip 3: Get to the point. Why are you a valuable network?
If you are aiming at networking with a ‘big fish’ the likelihood is you’re not the only one. Make sure when attempting to form a network/ catch the attention of any potential business associates that you don’t beat around the bush. State why the NEED to know you. What can you bring to their business? Why are you important to them?
Tip 4: Social Media is your new best friend.
Social networking can be a powerful networking tool. It can appeal to both clients and business associates.