Networking is often vital to the success of a business and making the right connections can really help you go far. We know that networking can be daunting, especially if you have had little experience of it and it is hard to walk into a room of strangers, introduce yourself and tell them what you are all about.
Networking doesn’t have to be a scary experience, the team here at rthirteen are no strangers to a networking event and so we asked them what advice they would give for someone going to their first networking event. Here is what they said:
“Remember it’s not all about you; take an interest in the people you meet and what they do, look to make connections and help others, give advice in your specialist area if you’re asked, and if people want to know about what you do, prep an “elevator pitch”, which will give a cohesive synopsis of what you do and why you’re different.” – Rebecca (Business Director)
“Identify the contacts you want to meet before you go (get a client list if possible), then make sure you make an introduction using a comment on a news feature, business success, award, social media post etc.. Then, ALWAYS follow up with an email the day after. Don’t go after business on a first date!” – Ben (Senior Recruitment Specialist)
“Ask relevant questions and listen to who you’re speaking with! Don’t just go in and pitch yourself. Learn the other people in the room and then find common ground to develop rapport. Also, do your research into who else is going to the event and develop your knowledge before attending. Lastly, don’t just attend events for the sake of it, make sure that they are beneficial to you or the business you’re working for.” – Luke (Senior Recruitment Specialist)
“When you meet someone new, introduce yourself by making eye contact, smiling, stating your first and last name, and giving a firm but brief handshake. It’s the simple things like this that I find really affect a person’s first impression of you. I would also ensure that you let the other person speak first, listen to what they are saying and show sincerity and interest, making sure you engage with them.” – Louise (Recruitment Specialist)
If you are interested in a free networking event in Norwich, where you can also learn all about searching marketing and hear from industry professionals, then please check out SearchNorwich.
SearchNorwich is a fantastic event that we have sponsored. It’s a really friendly bunch of people and everyone comes with an open mind to learn. In fact, there are loads of reasons to come (apart from the free food, drinks, wine beer and cool arcade machines).
If this sounds like something you may be interested in, then please check out their website for their next meetup → https://searchnorwich.org/
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