Last week, Wize were at the Women’s Business Club Maximise Conference. Which got us thinking…
There are still many businesses who aren’t utilizing this great tool. If you’re one of the people who are wondering what all the fuss is about, read on and find out our 10 reasons to network.
1. Build relationships.
No, not that kind of relationship! (probably) Networking events are vital for meeting new people. Some of these people might be prospective customers, some may be potential investors or business partners. Or then again, you might just find some friends. Which leads us into..
Socializing probably isn’t at the top of your list in relation to your business but human beings are social creatures. It might not seem immediately important, but it can be hugely beneficial having like-minded people to bounce your ideas off, who motivate and inspire you. Your friends might not be contributing to your business in an obvious way, but they can be invaluable when it comes to boosting your confidence and inspiring you.
3. See what your competition is doing
You can’t stay on top of the game if you don’t know what your competition is doing. Fact. Networking events are a chance to see what others in your field are offering and what prices they are charging their customers. This is also a good opportunity to compare your competitors to see which aspects of their marketing works and what doesn’t and apply it to your own business.
4. Learn new skills
This doesn’t mean people giving you compliments (although that certainly never hurts!) but rather, finding businesses that offer products or services that you don’t but might be of interest to your customers. For example, you might offer accounting and your contact may offer accounting software, you can refer your customers to each other via your websites, flyers and business cards. A mutually beneficial arrangement which costs no money and helps your customers!
6. Practice your ‘elevator speech’
Most business owners are aware of the ‘elevator speech’ the thirty second time limit you have to sell your business to another person before they move on or get bored. Networking events are a great place to practice and ‘fine tune’ your speech so that you can feel confident that you are delivering your pitch in the most confident and compelling way. If they start asking you questions then you’ve nailed it, if not.. keep practising!
You might find that you stumble upon something you didn’t know you needed. Many people will go to networking events with the one goal of gaining business, but also important is finding goods and services for yourself. The chances are that you’ll be able to find whatever your company needs or at least a referral to someone who can help. It’s a great place for negotiating great deals and improving your business.
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