Plan AheadBefore you walk into your next networking event, think about what you want to accomplish. Whether you are looking to expand your acquaintances in the area or build upon exiting relationships, it’s best to set a goal and keep it top of mind when networking. Along with planning ahead, it’s best to arrive as soon as a networking event begins. This can help ensure you get to meet everyone as they enter the room and can help ease any intimidation that may be lingering in your mind.
Bring Your SmileA smile is a great ice breaker and allows you to welcome fellow networkers in a non-verbal way. When someone is smiling, they seem more approachable for others attending the event. A new networker may be drawn to someone with a welcoming smile and may lead to meeting more people.
Don’t Forget Your Business CardsBusiness cards are a staple for any networking event. When you meet new people, it’s best to exchange cards to help reinforce the new acquaintance. This is also a great idea to have business cards of fellow business owners whom you’ve met at local networking events. Although you may not need their service right away, if the opportunity comes up, you are more likely to choose to do business with someone you have met… and now you have their card handy!
Dress to ImpressBefore heading out to your next networking event, do a double take at the mirror. While it’s not necessary to wear a suit and tie (especially at The Lake), it is still important to give off a professional appearance. This can help you be taken seriously as a business owner or employee and fellow networker.
RelaxIf you aren’t completely comfortable networking, take a deep breath! Once you enter a networking event and start meeting new faces, your worries will likely fly out the window. Don’t get worked up about attending an event, everyone is in the same boat and it’s important to get to know others in the area – especially if you’re looking to grow your business!
|Our June Networking Event|
Our next networking social is tonight! Join us July 18th at the Inn at Grand Glaize from 5:00-7:00 pm. Networking, free appetizers, and a cash bar will be available for your enjoyment. Get to know other business owners at the Lake of the Ozarks at the social tonight. We look forward to providing the ideal environment for getting to know your fellow networkers!
Give it a Whirl at our July Social!
Now that you’re more familiar with these networking preparation tips, you can be confident when attending your next event. Whether you choose to join us this evening (7/18) at the Inn at Grand Glaize or have another networking event in mind, we hope you can put these tips to good use soon! With a number of networking events throughout the year, there are plenty of opportunities to get familiar with and polish up your networking skills with the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. We hope to see you on July 18th from 5:00-7:00!
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