Network meeting Agenda –
First round of personal Introductions
Second round of Business Introductions
Follow-up on leads and referrals
Topic of the day discussion
Guest business / speaker of the week.
Network meeting reminders:
• When networking in person don’t talk with your mouth full. Seems pretty simple right? You would be surprised.
• Cutting someone off or asking excessive personal questions when they are in the middle of introducing their business is not only annoying, but also extremely rude. Wait your turn before speaking. If you have personal questions or business scenarios, please schedule from 1 on 1 time with that fellow network professional.
• One of the worst things you can do during a networking conversation is to check text messages or emails. Similarly, answering calls unless they are absolutely urgent is a big faux pas. It is better to shut your ringer off or put your phone on vibrate. If you do have to take a priority call, be sure to say excuse me before you answer and step away from the area.
Network etiquette reminders:
• The first key to good networking etiquette is to be mindful of other people’s time. Recognize that you are asking for a favor and be respectful of those who have the potential to help you. Their time is valuable to them, so it is critical that your communications are brief and to the point. Always remember to say please and thank you. Also consider that you might be able to help someone out in return.
• Be specific when asking for leads to expand your network. For example, “I was wondering if you, or anyone you know, would be able to help me identify hiring managers in the IT telecommunications space. I appreciate your help.” If you are vague or simply ask someone if they are hiring, you will not get the same reaction as you will by being clear about what you desire.
• If you receive a lead from someone send them a thank you note and complete a “closed Business” card for the network group to track business. It will serve as a reminder that you are out there looking. Even if the lead doesn’t amount to anything, letting them know you appreciate their help will keep you in their thoughts in case something else comes up.
• Bring business cards to traditional networking events. Do not give these out randomly. If you give a business card to someone and receive one in return, make sure you indicate when you might follow up – and then do it.
• If you promise to provide someone with information about an upcoming event or agree to some other favor, be sure to get back to them. Networking is a two way street. You have to give to get.
Establishing your reputation as a trusted resource will enable you to grow your network. Over 80% of jobs in today’s market are unadvertised. This means that networking is critical to job search and business sales success. By sharpening your networking etiquette both on- and off-line, you will help advance your career and establish a brand that is both recognized and respected.
We believe that all businesses and business owners bring a unique level of skill, knowledge and education for everyone to share. Unlike other Local Network groups, we are NOT an exclusive networking group, and we do not restrict a specific number of "like" businesses. This allows professionals in similar professionals, with different products and marketing strategies to provide services to everyone in our community.
We encourage dialogue in open dialogue format, as opposed to shooting elevator speeches. We encourage synergy, as opposed to silo's.
Come join us for a great time and many more ground breaking meetings........
Troville Insurance Group