Attend a breakfast event
Morning events, particularly those over coffee and croissants, are a perfect way to start the day. While getting up 30 minutes earlier might not be your cup of tea, being the first pitch of the day allows you to create new connections before their busy day even begins.
Use it as an opportunity to meet referrals
The saying, “It's not what you know, it’s who you know” is not going away, and neither is the power of leveraging a conversation. You never know who you’ll run into at networking events, and who will be on the lookout for similar services to yours.
Raise your personal profile
Networking can provide visibility around who you are, and what you do, while also increasing your confidence. The more networking events you attend, and the more times you put yourself out there, the better you’ll get at it. Like anything, practise makes perfect.
Increase your knowledge
Industry-specific events give you the chance to not only connect with like minded individuals, but to increase your own knowledge and hear from other people in the space. They help you to stay current and connected as to what’s happening around you - which is a great way to learn new trends that could impact your business.
Use online networking
If joining a group of strangers over happy hour isn’t right for you, why not try leveraging LinkedIn? A platform built to promote business connections might be the best way for you to share your knowledge without stepping too far out of your comfort zone.
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