How do you decide on which networking event to attend?

 When you are self employed or run your own business there are many hats to be worn: selling, marketing, networking, accounting….and that’s even before you do the day job!

 All these aspects need attention, are equally important and need to be undertaken on a regular basis. They are like pieces of jigsaw which fit together and are integral as a whole to your business.

This week I have been focusing on networking. The first was listening to Jill Ezard’s journey of  leading change at Pace plc. This is an organisation that has gone from near bankruptcy to being the leading technology developer for the global payTV market. It was uplifting to hear that an organisation is doing so well in these austere times and also reassuring that many of the things that contributed to that success were things that I utilise in my own practice.

The second was a trainers meeting. I work as a coach as well as a trainer. And whilst my coaching contacts and networks have blossomed, it has been at a detriment to my training contacts. Meeting new contacts and forging new relationships will help to build this part of my business. It was stimulating and energising connecting with people who have a slightly different focus and persepctive.  

Networking can be expensive, in terms of time, cost of travel and drinks. So choosing the right meeting to attend is invaluable. A good question to ask is “Will it enable me to get the outcome that I seek? Which means that you need to be specific about the reason for attending – is for information, to gain new contacts, to speak to a specific person (s), get yourself known in a particular circle….

Before you go to another networking meeting, stop and think about the reason why you are attending and have some objectives in mind.

How do you decide which network meeting to attend?

Don’t be shy….please do leave a comment. If you would like to learn more, check out my other Blogs and follow me on Twitter

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About verawoodhead

I'm an executive coach, leadership facilitator and learning & development consultant working with managers and leaders to develop the skills and behaviours to inspire performance and drive results; achieve promotion ; make successful career changes, be resilient and thrive at work. Within organisations, I help to facilitate better conversations, design learning interventions which deliver practical and lasting solutions aligned to business strategy and goals. Connect with me on Twitter @verawoodhead
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