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Some alternative conversation starters for networking events

Recently I tripped over an article I had saved a few years ago about conversation starters to help break the ice at business networking events. Given that a while has passed since the article was published I thought I would use its thoughts as a basis for a, er, new article on how to create a little fun with business networking conversation starters today.

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“Hello. Is this your first time at this event?”

With many thanks and commiserations to the original author of this article: I would love to have credited you properly but as my admin systems are a mess, voilà. Sorry. Message me and I will make amends. Promise.

My evil thoughts about the following:

1) “Well, while we’re here, I might as well introduce myself.” Give them a dark look, then say “I was just on my way to the toilet. Shall we go and introduce ourselves there?” [Read more…]

Business networking – why you need to write what you say you’ll write

When you’re out networking for your business or other activity, it’s very easy to chat to someone, take their card and say you’ll drop them a note about this or that. And then forget all about it once you get back home or to your office and get overwhelmed by 18,000 other urgent things you need to do.

Business networking - why you need to write what you say you'll write

Do you really want to lose the opportunity to use that initial meeting as a starting point of a useful business relationship?

Maybe, you look through your notes two or three weeks later and respond then.

But hey – either of these can be very bad news for your reputation, image, brand and quite a few other things.

Why you need to write to business networking contacts sooner rather than later

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Your 60 second business networking pitch: can it be TOO professional?

OK, OK – I do go on at length about how important it is to get your 60 second pitch (elevator pitch) honed to perfection if you want to come across as believable, referable and professional when you’re networking for business. I go on at even more length when I talk about translating the verbal version of your 60 seconder into written words such as short bios, website sound bites, etc. But guess what…

Your 60 second business networking pitch: can it be TOO professional?

Can a 60 second business networking pitch be TOO professional?

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Business networking Milton Keynes: can you afford to miss this Referability chance?

If you’re based anywhere near the Milton Keynes, England area, this is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. Especially if you regard face-to-face business networking as an important part of your marketing, this will give you all the tools you need to take that to a whole new level. Why?

Business networking Milton Keynes: can you afford to miss this referability chance?Getting referred on someone’s honest recommendation is probably the best (and cheapest) marketing tool you can use to increase your sales and profitability. Of course, you know that you’re extremely good at what you do. But how can others know how good you are – and refer you on to their contacts – unless you demonstrate your expertise and professionalism with everything you do and say? [Read more…]

Your 60 second pitch: what to say to your regular networking audience

People, including yours truly here, love to talk about elevator speeches and how awful they can be. But whether or not we regard them scornfully they are an intrinsic, and immovable, part of our business networking culture.

Your 60 second pitch: what to say to your regular networking audience

To repeat the same 60 seconds’ worth of words more than once or twice is going to bore people.

How your 60 second pitch comes across at a networking event is something many people agonize over, and polish to the enth degree. And that’s fine, provided that each time you get up to do your 60 second pitch you’re talking to a fresh audience.

But what happens when many in that audience have heard your 60 second pitch before? Some maybe several times? [Read more…]

How to make a great business networking pitch

The 60 second pitch you use when out business networking (previously known as your elevator pitch) is pretty important if you network for business in a face-to-face context. And even if you only network online, you need to get what you do and why it’s worth taking seriously over concisely.

How to make a great business networking pitch

“Good morning. My name is XXX and I am a professional voyeur.”

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