Networking events are essential tools for businesses to grow successfully and offer new partnerships. The more people you know, the more people will be aware of your product or service. Although digital technologies make networking quite simple, unlike face-to-face relationships, they do not make the networking experience memorable. In other words, you could run the risk of someone being forgotten in the “Links” list. Meeting a person in real life will make you a lot more memorable as they will hear your voice, see your demeanor and interact with you.
Unless you’re attending a particular event, it can be challenging to predict where to find people who share your interests in the real world. This is where Meetups come across as one of the most valuable networking resources. Meetup makes it easy to organize private groups, allowing you to meet people who have precisely the same interests and want to socialize actively.
7 Tips for Efficient Business Networking
Do not wait until tomorrow to start strengthening your network, a day to wait could mean a business partner you will lose. If you want to build a solid business, you have to go out and make new connections. As Mobidictum Business Meetup Izmir, which will take place on May 13, approaches, we have listed seven tips for you to get better efficiency from meetup events.
Choose a target
If you don’t start with a clear plan, you won’t get what you want from your networking efforts. Before attending meetings or events, determine what your goals are. For example, you may want to make new contacts, develop your business, or learn about the latest developments in your industry.
Break the ice
Consider starting with a compliment if you want to overcome initial hesitancy and make an excellent first impression. For example, you can tell the person sitting next to you at a conference that you like their shoe or tie. Similarly, asking a question gives people a chance to talk about themselves. Ask how they got into this field or what they think of a recent development affecting your industry.
This tip isn’t quite suitable for shy people, but it can help you grow your network. If you can find a way to stand out in your Meetup group, you should. Of course, try to achieve this and show yourself appropriately and non-aggressive way. You can wear something bright, rush to share anecdotes or be a little sharing. Whatever you do, your goal should be to stay in people’s minds after the event is over.
Attend multiple times
Almost everyone feels a little timid on their first Meetup experience. This is normal when you meet a group of strangers for the first time. Don’t let that stop you from joining again, though! Next time, you will get to know some people, and after that, you will start to feel more comfortable in the group.
Don’t just talk business
Even if the group you’re joining is predominantly business-focused, don’t make it the only topic of conversation. Be yourself and share your personality with other attendees. Don’t be afraid to joke around and talk about little off-topic things, as this will help other people get to know you better. Networking events have the potential to be very dry and severe, but they don’t have to be.
Bring a friend
Sometimes it’s easier to start a conversation with strangers if you have someone familiar with you. If you have a friend or colleague looking to expand their network, consider attending professional events as a duo. Make sure you make an effort to connect with other attendees rather than just sitting in the corner chatting.
Keep in touch
This is the simplest but perhaps the most important tip online or in real life. If you can build a lasting relationship with someone, it will be a much more valuable contribution than someone you’ve only met once and can barely remember. If possible, be generous with them by making yourself available to them in case they need your expertise. Being friendly and helpful will get you far more than just a business connection.