How to Use Networking to Effectively Promote Your Business Wake Forest NC
Holly Springs, NC
Netoworking events are not the only opportunities you have to network. There are opportunities to network everywhere you go: At the dentist office, at the gym or even in a crowded store. Most of us do not take advantage of these opportunities out of fear of being considered too pushy or developing a reputation as just another nagging salesperson. The amount and effectiveness of the networking that you do plays a very important role in the success or failure of your business. So how then do you network effectively without being perceived as a pest?
Stop worrying what others think
Start by not worrying so much about what other people think. People will develop their own opinions about you no matter what you say or do. What people think about you, whether good or bad, is out of your control.
Talk business second
If you are the first one to speak, never start off talking about your own business first. Instead, ask about their business and listen carefully. Even if you don’t have much interest in their business, be sure to ask them a question or two to let them know that you were listening. If they say anything remotely related to your own business services, wait until they are finished speaking, then point out the relation between their business and your own. Next, begin explaining about your business services. They will likely give you the same respect by listening attentively as you explain your business. If they ask you a question that you didn’t already answer while you were talking, then you know that they were listening and that you were able to network effectively. Exchange cards with them and follow-up up with an email the very next day, stating how much you enjoyed learning about their business and reminding them of your business services, as well as any special promotions that you may have.
Always have business cards or flyers available for new contacts Promote outside of networking events
Let's say you're in the waiting room at the dentist office and the person sitting next to you strikes up a conversation about the weather or any general topic. How do you use this networking opportunity to your advantage? Situations like these should be handled differently from professional networking events. You should bring up your business services carefully, and don’t offer additional information by telling them that it is your own business services that you are referring to. Instead speak of your business in third person, as if you are giving a referral for the company. You want to be sure to brag on the company as much as possible and maybe even tell a funny story to go along with it, something to help them remember your company in a good way. People will remember your stories more than they will remember your advice. Aesop’s fables have been remembered for centuries, but Aesop’s thesis sentences wouldn’t have made it 5 minutes.
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Dates: 5/16/2013 - 5/16/2013
Location: Visitors Center
160 South Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
Joel Lane Museum House is proud to present a lecture by Mike Helms, "Boom and Bust: Paper Currency in Colonial North Carolina". Admission will be $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and advanced payment is required. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.
Mike's talk entitled "Boom and Bust: Paper Currency in Colonial North Carolina," will focus on colonial and Civil War era North Carolina scrip. Authentic period banknotes signed by the likes of North Carolina's governor Richard Caswell (1729-1789) will bring a unique human dimension to the colorful story of North Carolina's state-issued currency.