In my experience, the two best seasons for networking are the same as the real estate market. People are rested after the winter/summer holidays, and ready to get down to business in the Spring and Fall. Make the most of the Fall Networking Season with some ideas for networking groups, and keep reading for my #1 tip for successful networking.
Green Connections Networking Group Newmarket/EG
To kick off fall networking season, I’ve joined the board of a networking group called Green Connections. Green Connections’ mission is “to explore and share environmentally-friendly practices, products and ideas. Through networking and mentoring, our goal is to encourage all businesses to ‘Go Green’”. I had previously been to an open meeting and decided to join. It just so happened they were searching for a secretary – a position that fits me perfectly!
Networking Events with a Philanthropic Intent
I was recently invited to attend the inaugural Successful Women Achieving Goals (SWAG) event in Newmarket. The monthly dinners help educate and empower women, while donating proceeds to a chosen charity. Why not network and do some good at the same time?
Health & Wellness Events
I will also be attending a York Region Women’s Wellness Circle on October 26th hosted by the wonderful Karen Armstrong. Not only is this a great opportunity to connect with like-minded women in York Region, but also a chance to learn something new about health & wellness. Nicole Tomingas will be leading us through EFT techniques using the fingers to gently tap on acupuncture points. Very interesting!
Use Your Local Chamber of Commerce
If you’re looking to get involved, now is a great time to visit some open networking breakfasts. Check out your local Chamber of Commerce. They usually host monthly breakfasts open to new members. It’s also a great time to check their schedule of free and paid seminars. There are lots of opportunities to learn about social media marketing, online marketing and e-commerce. Not only can you learn a few things, but you can also use this as an opportunity to network.
My #1 Tip for Successful Networking
I have been networking for over 10 years. My biggest piece of advice is… LISTEN! Engage in conversations, listen to what others have to say. Ask questions, listen to their networking pitch, but only offer yours if they ask. This is the best piece of advice I can offer, and has worked incredibly for me. If someone takes the time to ask what I do, they are more likely to listen to what I have to say.
Does Your Business Card Stand Out?
When they do ask what you’re all about, make sure that your business card stands out. Whether it be a great logo, an awesome design, or a thick card stock. Make a lasting impression. My business card has my logo large on one side, and is in a thick matte stock. I made a contact at a networking event, and she kept my card for a full year until her business required my services. My card made that impression.
Until next time,