It's cold outside. All the more reason to get out and get back into the swing of business.
If you're not an entrepreneur or in sales, you could be forgiven for not knowing that networking is one of the best ways to generate new business.
There are plenty of opportunities for networking in Niagara. From Fort Erie to Grimsby, there are networking events that can keep you busy for most of January.
If you haven't done so, check out our Niagara business event calendar. We're always looking for new events to post, and you'll be able to find a variety of events all in one convenient place.
There are also myriad Facebook groups that discuss Niagara events. While they may not focus specifically on business networking, they're still a valuable resource to find out what's going on in the area.
Here are a few tips for attending your next networking event.
- Make sure you know where the event is and at what time it starts. Getting lost will stress you out and that will show when you arrive.
- Ensure you have enough business cards with you. I'm always amazed at the number of people who show up at networking events without them. Even if your business is only online, a card makes it easy for people to remember your website address.
- Dress for the occasion. You're likely to meet at least a few people for the first time. Unless you're in the habit of making poor first impressions, pay attention to your appearance.
- Follow up. It doesn't matter if you spoke to two people or twenty. Following up shows people you paid attention to them, that you value their connection and that you're on the ball. Of the hundreds of people I met at networking events last year, less than ten followed up with an email or phone call. BTW, following up does not mean automatically adding people to your e-blast.
I hope you have a fantastic time networking in Niagara this year!