Welcome to B.U.I.L.D. and the Entrepreneurs Anonymous Society - you can complete your registration here http://entanon.com !
B.U.I.L.D. stands for Businesses United for Innovation, Learning and Development and as a business networking group it was founded in 2011 by Debra M. who continues as our Dublin chapter president.
Simply put, business networking is not only about finding leads and pitching your business - there are opportunities in learning from the other members of the group, launching joint ventures and engaging in strategic partnerships that go beyond regular B2B connections.
Where did it come from?
B.U.I.L.D. takes the best of the Dublin Business/Entrepreneur Networking Group and the Last Tuesday social event following every Entrepreneurs Anonymous meetup to offer our members structure and a common focus on innovation, learning and development.
The Entrepreneurs Anonymous Society is the fastest growing grassroots organization supporting actual and aspiring entrepreneurs in Ireland. With many events each month across several cities and multi-channel social presence online (via Meetup.com, Eventbrite.com, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) the EntAnon website and brand provide a single point of contact to setup your profile and keep track of everything that is going on.
Here's a very useful guide to Business Networking from The Daily Muse:
Before you head into your next social event, spend a few minutes thinking about what you want to learn from others. Have a few questions ready to ask new people, such as “How did you get started in your career?” or “What are you passionate about?” If being put on the spot makes you nervous, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with writing questions down and practicing ahead of time. Also think about what you want to share about yourself—you can’t rely on another person to carry the conversation for you!
2. Find a Conference Buddy
You don’t always have to go at it alone—having a buddy can make large events much less intimidating. So bring a colleague or friend to your next networking event or conference. If you do have to fly solo, try to reach out and make just one connection. That way, you’ll have someone to sit with during lunch breaks and someone to wave hello to and introduce to others. And you’ll probably be surprised at how much fun you’ll have!
3. Be That Person
Remember that most people in the room at any given networking event feel the same way you do: scared to death. So, instead of dwelling on how scary it is to start a conversation, think about how by doing so you’ll be helping other people feel more comfortable. Maybe that girl alone at the table doesn’t know anyone either and is just hoping that someone will come talk to her. Be that person! (“Have you been to this before?” is always a great opening line.)
4. Be Present
Once you do start a conversation, it can be tough to relax if you’re continuously worried about what to say next and what the other person is thinking. So try shifting the focus to your new acquaintance, instead. Ask lots of questions and practice your listening skills!
You don’t always have to initiate—but if you’re hiding against the wall with your arms crossed over your chest, you’re not giving off a very approachable vibe, either. So try to relax, smile, and look as warm and casual as you can—it’ll open the door for someone to walk up to you and start the conversation.
6. Challenge Yourself
Take on a networking challenge—meet with four people you knew and four people you didn’t know every month. Through these connections, you'll get many referrals and build confidence and a clearer sense of direction in your business activities. Even if you don’t go this far, think about how you can challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone just a little bit. It might have unexpected—and great—results.