Some people get networking and some people don’t. If you arrive at the meetings with the wrong mind set and attitude then you won’t get anything out of it. You will leave thinking this networking group is rubbish, I didn’t get any business.
The first thing to need to do when you arrive at a networking group is think about why you are there. Are you there to spend money and buy products and services? No? If not – then why would you expect anyone else in the room to be any different to you?
If you arrive thinking I must tell people about the wonderful services I offer because I need to sell sell sell to the room, then you will most likely go away disappointed. You need to change your own mindset first in order to make the most from a business networking environment.
Networking is about making connections. The clue is in the name! You are building a network of contacts. Linking with people from many different business backgrounds and really getting to know them which is the first step in a longer relationship which will in all likelihood lead further down the line to useful referrals and more business.
Recently I joined a different networking group, 4N. Their Mantra is Meet – Like – Know – Trust. These 4 steps take time, dedication, regular attendance and actually showing an interest in the people you meet, and in my 6 months in 4N I have seen first hand how this change in mindset really works.
If you take the time to really get to know the people in the room, see how you can help them, connect to them outside of meetings on social media channels then the old mantra of givers gain comes into play. Imagine if everyone in this room had this attitude then you will find you will be on the receiving end of others generosity just as you give to others.
If you would like to learn more about 4 Networking then do get in touch and you can come and visit one of my meetings in Olney, Towcester or Milton Keynes.