Do you suffer from “butterfly-itis” at the very mention of networking at business functions? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Many business people and entrepreneurs get a bit uncomfortable when it comes right down to walking up to someone and starting a conversation. Feeling comfortable introducing yourself to total strangers is one of the biggest obstacles to networking. How do you overcome it?
Through a fun, interactive presentation and workshop you can explore ways which you can make your networking more effective, use your time wisely and most importantly get the results you are after.
At the upcoming Network Mayo event which will be run by Sandra Hart from BNI (Business Network International ) you can look at networking Guru Dr Ivan Misner’s top tips to help you get into and more importantly out of conversations and achieve your goals through networking.
Most people’s fears relating to meeting new people at networking events come from not having a proper context to introduce themselves to others. After this workshop you’ll start to develop better networking skills and this will help you get more exposure to many business professionals in a short time.
A distinguishing characteristic of self-made millionaires, is that they network everywhere. Most importantly, they do it all the time – at business conferences, at the health club, on the golf course, or with the person sitting next to them on a plane.
As you begin to get more comfortable and less nervous about networking you need to focus on getting effective results from the time you spend networking. The process doesn’t have to be traumatic, scary, or a waste of time. When done properly, it can truly make a difference in the amount of business your company generates. With the right approach, you can use it to build a wealth of resources and contacts that will help to make your business very successful.
Remember it’s not called net-sit, or net-eat, it’s called net-work. If you want to find out how networking effectively can help your business then come along to the next Network Mayo event in Days Hotel, Castlebar on Tuesday October 27 at 7.30pm. Admission is free to members and €10 for non-members.
Dr Ivan Misner is the founder and chairman of BNI, the world's largest business networking organisation, which has more than 110,000 members in 38 countries. Sandra Hart is one of the executive directors of BNI in Ireland and trains hundreds of members how to network more effectively with each other. Dr Misner is also the author of several books, including the most recent addition to the bestselling Masters Series—Masters of Sales and the New York Times bestseller Truth or Delusion?