5 Effective Tips for Face-Time

There are many ways to connect with people, mostly today those are digital connections…but it is important to remember that meeting people face-to-face will help to establish real relationships. This means carving out some time that you can meet people in your community. A huge benefit to networking is that you will get to know other business owners (who provide services different or similar to yours) that you will feel comfortable referring people to if you need to. It will help to establish as a connected local business owner who your clients can turn to for information.

The best place to start is at the Chamber of Commerce, one of their main functions is to help local businesses. There are also several independent networking groups (both free and membership based) that work to meet different needs of the business community.

Have patience and find the group(s) that will be the best fit for you and give you the results you want. Ultimately you should be looking for other like-minded people who will want to give you client referrals and you in turn will want to do the same.

The Rules of Networking…5 Effective Tips for Face-Time

1. Networking is more than face-time at meetings. Just showing up and passing out cards at networking meetings is not effective. You need to spend intentional time getting to know about people, learning about their businesses and see how you can help each other out. A good place to connect is over a cup of coffee or tea in a relaxed setting.


2. Where you network matters. Make certain that the meeting, networking organization or event is a good fit and will give you what you are looking for. It is your time that you are spending and investing in networking (yes that has a $ value), so make it count. But do have some patience, it takes a bit of time to find a good match.




3. The most valuable people who you should include in your network are the ones who you have developed a relationship with and is comfortable enough to give you as a referral.


4. Make your networking count and connect with others. If you are shy or self-conscious, you need to find ways to conquer this so you can further your business, or you can hire someone who will be the face of your company in the community. There are times you will need to jump into conversations in order to make this happen, but this boldness will pay off in spades.


5. Know your story and message. Know your elevator speech. Speak clearly, concisely, and positively about what you do. Say only what you want your listeners to hear and remember.


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