There are so many different ways to network and grow your business, create new connections and build on established relationships.
Here are a few ways you could do just that…
Attend regular networking meetings
Whether you join a pay as you go group or a membership group, regular attendance is vital to get other attendees to know, trust and like you…and that’s the start of every relationship.
Being a one-hit wonder doesn’t allow people to get to know you properly, and going in with an attitude of “what’s in it for me” instead of “how can I help” will make you seem pushy and possibly too sales-y and selfish.
Treat your team
Looking after your staff is essential to the smooth running of your business. Make sure they feel trusted and valued by having excellent HR policies in place, maybe an open door policy so they know they can air grievances without fear, run staff engagement events (awards night, team dinner & drinks, team building, Christmas/special occasion parties).
Client engagement events
A perfect way to become/continue as a preferred supplier is to remain in your clients mind by inviting them along to a special evening – a fun night bowling or similar light-hearted activity, a golf day, day at the races, an exclusive evening event – anything that makes them feel special!
Showcase your skills and expertise by holding training sessions in the form of a seminar or invite guest speakers in and extend it to a conference. Each has their own place so depending on your event aim depends on which will work for you
Organise your own networking
This could be a business breakfast in your own conference room or a ladies afternoon tea at a quality venue. Maybe it’s as easy as showing off your offices with a Meet The Team event.