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What is Business Networking and is it important?

It’s very simple to start with Robert Kiyosaki’s much quoted quote (and that’s just by me!)

“The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.”

But what Is Business Networking?

Networking is a very misunderstood business art – or is it a science or a mixture of both?.

Networking is communicating with people with the objective of establishing a mutually beneficial (business – perhaps to begin with) relationship.  A simplified way to look at networking is a simple exchange of energy.  This energy may be in the form of personal energy, information, data or other things of value, your enthusiasm , inspiration, connections, market intelligence, challenges in exchange for some (or all ) of the same from others. The key is that it is positive energy – if we are spending time with the sappers (a word used in one Apprentice series) -those people who drag all the energy from a conversation or even a room are probably not the best to be spending your valuable time with.

Is Networking Important?

Biased answer is YES!

Unbiased answer is also Yes!

Why – no one person can know all the answers, be good at overcoming every challenge, be inspirational, have great ideas, be super collaborative, have been there, done it and got the T-Shirt!

But, a carefully constructed network of connections, contacts, friends and associates can provide you, your business and your network with all of the above and more.

Your ability to succeed in your business (and life) will depend to a very large extent  on the rapport you establish with key individuals in your life.  These will be the people that you meet and engage with on a regular basis – and how simple is it to engage and connect nowadays?  With LinkedIn, Twitter and a super CRM system things could not be easier – oh and I must add that you can still use the old fashioned ways of the telephone and I’m not talking about the apps – a call works wonders and ultimately face to face!  There’s also a letter or postcard or even bulky mail – with a handwritten envelope you’re sure to stand out!

Business networking is when we are consciously looking to assemble a network of people that can assist us in succeeding in business.

A great example of this is in property –  take an estate agent (commercial and/or residential) – a collaborative approach with a wealth management company (or IFA), a lawyer (and/or conveyancing company), with a building company, perhaps a landscape/gardening business, a home declutterer then there will be a lot of opportunities to work together helping grow each others businesses through recommendations – which after all are just a way of making people’s lives easier!

Then there are the links with the other businesses such as EPC, home inspection services, relocation specialists, recruitment companies, removal firms, installation companies (audio, IT, phones) and the many others that may be involved in the sale of homes/businesses that I have not listed – I am sure that you could add to this!  The net result is  this group is far stronger then one individual agent.

You could be setting up a new business and need expert advice on a name, a logo, a website, using social media, a marketing plan, telephones, intellectual property experts, HR Advice, legal aspects, copy writing services, your pop up banner, business cards, stationery, car, credit and cash facilities, bookkeeping services, medical cover, insurance, wealth planning, coaching support, restructuring services (if it doe not go as planned!)- all this support and expert advice is available through networking and more specifically in Business Network SW!

What are the Benefits of Business Networking?

It’s been stated (almost as often as Robert Kiyosaki’s quote!) that people buy from or refer to people they know, like and trust. The only way to establish this (and it is a high level, not superficial – there are I believe 12 levels of trust) level of trust is through face-to-face interactions.

Perhaps not the obvious way of thinking of this but here goes…..Would you have married your spouse after reading a brochure about him or her, or receiving a sales letter or visiting the website (I do know that there are some websites where you can do this!) or received a LinkedIn invitation or even a tweet? Of course not! The same  applies to business – it takes face-to-face interactions in a relaxed environment to develop and deepen rapport.

With a multitude of networking contacts – some direct and some indirect, you can find everything you need for a successful business, employees to hire, a job for you, business intelligence, barter/contra contacts, or advice in a multitude of areas.  And as was previously mentioned inspirational. positive thinking, enthusiastic people who will enhance and add to your success – and celebrate that with you.

Nothing can take the place of a wide range of trusted business contacts.  It is the most valuable thing you can own.  It really is and Porter Gales book – Your Network is your Net worth explains this far better than I ever could!  Great article from Huffington Post here

If you would like to comment on what networking has done for you feel free to do so

More networking articles HERE

If you would like to experience a network event – in the UK then please let me know as I know of some great events – especially those in the South West!

Call me Tel 01981 540708

Email me – sean@business-network.co.uk

LinkedIn – Sean Humby and Business Network (SW) Ltd

Twitter @seanhumby

Peter Drucker and September’s Bristol Business Network event

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Your opportunity to test Peter Drucker’s theory out on the 14th September 2016 at Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel 

  • free business seminar
  • networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm;
  • sitting for your structured, served, 2 course networking lunch at 12.30pm;
  • tables hosted, seating plan designed,
  • event programme full of great opportunities and offers,
  • delegate list provided,
  • event finishes at 2pm.

Business Network SW has been operating successfully for over 23 years, and because we target senior decision-makers it is all about establishing meaningful business relationships – not a ‘hard sell’.

Research has long supported the view that networking is a key factor in the success of fast growth companies. It allows the business person to build new business relationships, ‘knowledge share’ and generate business opportunities at the same time. Many business people prefer face-to-face networking opportunities because they prefer actually knowing and meeting who they intend to do business with. But don’t just take our word for it – come and chat to our members and let then tell you why they find our format so effective.

Business Seminar before lunch

How To Build A Successful Business By Turning Your Customers Into ‘Fans’
“It is generally accepted that it should always be easier to sell to existing customers than it is to find new ones, yet surprisingly perhaps, many businesses expend far more time and energy pursuing new clients than they do nurturing the previous ones. In this seminar I intend to suggest a whole range of ways that you can develop your current customer database into a truly worthwhile resource, and how in doing so you can turn ordinary customers into true fans of you and your business. For the last 35 years I have been selling magic to magicians, a marketplace that by definition is limited in its scope – there just aren’t endless numbers of potential new customers! This has led me to develop lots of strategies and ideas in order to enable me to sell repeatedly to the same people, and I will explain what I have done and exactly how I have done it so that you will leave the seminar hopefully with plenty of new ideas to implement in your own business.”

Coffee and networking from 10.00am – seminar starts at 10.30am and runs until 11.45am. (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity)

THE Networking Lunch

Pre lunch drinks and informal networking from 11.45am. Sit down for 2 course lunch with coffee at 12.30pm

You sit with other decision makers – none of whom do what you do. There is a table host at each table and you have a 3 minute presentation to do for the others around your table – enthuse and inspire and build relationships. PLUS you will an Event Programme & seating plan which lists everyone attending , their name, business name and what their business does and importantly what table they are sat on enabling you to network with other – more business building opportunities!

Lunch Speaker – Matt Richardson – Recognition Express

Lunch finishes at 2pm – giving you time to get back to the office!

Your Investment – for seminar, coffee & networking, pre-lunch drinks and networking – including wine, 2 course served structured networking lunch with coffee, numerous decision makers, delegate list, follow up correspondence – £37.00 Inc VAT. Dietary requirements catered for.  Free parking available in adjacent hotel car park on first come first served basis for those attending this event.  Alternatives are here courtesy of Parkopedia 

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

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Bristol Business Network 17th August 2016 event – feel free to RSVP

Networking lunches in Bristol for senior decision makers, partners, directors and business owners.
  • Yes – it is part of your marketing strategy
  • Yes – conversations, connections and collaborations
  • Yes – Guaranteed that you will leave better informed and better connected than when you arrived!
  • Yes – proven to generate opportunities
  • Yes – a business seminar that will benefit you

Welcome to your invitation for the 17th August 2016 at Old Down Manor

By means of introduction, I am Sean Humby, Director and host for Business Network SW events in Bristol

This event has a business seminar with networking over coffee and a relaxed and structured networking lunch with numerous opportunities for you to build relationships with other business owners, directors, partners and decision makers.

Seminar before THE networking lunch…..

“St James’s Place – deposits and inflation, a unique approach to Investment Management and Market Volatility.”

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Volatility and investment management

 

 

Running a business today takes a great deal of hard work and commitment. Increasingly, the pressures of running a successful business take priority over the time spent on planning your and your employees’ financial security.

As a director, it is important to look after your own increasingly complex personal financial affairs. Careful planning is key to ensuring financial security over the longer term.

Since the financial crisis of 2007 (and the Brexit result) interest rates have stayed at historically low levels, investors looking for income have been seeking alternative homes for their capital. The value of money held on deposit has been impacted by inflation and the volatility of the markets and investing for income has assumed greater importance than ever.

Reliable wealth management advice and creating the right investment strategy are crucial elements in securing your future financial well-being. Whether you are looking to invest for income or growth, you need quality advice, comprehensive investment solutions and ongoing service to help you achieve your financial goals.

This seminar hosted by Andrew King and Damon Fox of Lansdown Place Wealth Management will take you the best strategies to ensure that you can make the best decisions for you and your businesses financial success

Coffee and networking from 10.00am – seminar starts at 10.30am and runs until 11.45am. (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity)

Followed by THE Networking Lunch

Pre lunch drinks and informal networking from 11.45am. Sit down for 2 course lunch with coffee at 12.30pm

You sit with other decision makers – none of whom do what you do. There is a table host at each table and you have a 3 minute presentation to do for the others around your table – enthuse and inspire and build relationships. PLUS you will an Event Programme & seating plan which lists everyone attending , their name, business name and what their business does and importantly what table they are sat on enabling you to network with other – more business building opportunities!

Lunch speaker Steve Tasker – ‎Your Finance Director

Lunch finishes at 2pm – giving you time to get back to the office!

Your Investment – for seminar, coffee & networking, pre-lunch drinks and networking – including wine, 2 course served structured networking lunch with coffee, numerous decision makers, delegate list, follow up correspondence – £37.00 Inc VAT. Dietary requirements catered for.

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

Event Gallery

 

FAQ’s

Please feel free to contact me if you need any more information or a conversation on what networking can do for you and your business.

Have a fantastic day!

Best regards

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Sean Humby - Blog co-ordinator! Also host for Business Network SW events

Sean Humby host for Business Network SW events

Tel 01981 540708             

www.business-networksw.co.uk

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/businessnetworksw

@seanhumby  #BNSW

Some top tips

The Reluctant Networker - Chris Roys 001

Networking and wearing sunscreen

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Networking and wearing sunscreen

Written by Baz Luhrmann back in 1998*

Having heard this recently – and on vinyl I will add!  I was casually listening as you do and there were a number of lyrics that caught my attention –  words on networking!

The joys of the internet meant that I did not have to search through my Smash Hits collection to find the Lyrics

Here they are (not the chorus!) – those that I have related to networking are bold and in green!  Some have a link to more networking advice, tips and artcles

You can listen/view the track here

What do they mean to you?

“Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’99
Wear sunscreen

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it
The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
Than my own meandering experience, I will dispense this advice now

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, oh, never mind
You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth
Until they’ve faded but trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back
At photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now
How much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked You are not as fat as you imagine

Don’t worry about the future or worry that know that worrying
Is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation
By chewing bubble gum
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things
That never crossed your worried mind
The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday
Do one thing every day that scares you

Sing

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts
Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours

Floss

Don’t waste your time on jealousy
Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind
The race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourself
Remember compliments you receive
Forget the insults, if you succeed in doing this, tell me how
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements

Stretch

The most interesting people
I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives
Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t
Get plenty of calcium, be kind to your knees
You’ll miss them when they’re gone

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t
Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t
Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the ‘Funky Chicken’
On your 75th wedding anniversary
Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much
Or berate yourself either
Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can
Don’t be afraid of it or what other people think of it
It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own, dance
Even if you have nowhere to do it but your own living room
Read the directions even if you don’t follow them
Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good Be nice to your siblings, they’re your best link to your past
And the people most likely to stick with you in the future

Understand that friends come and go
But a precious few, who should hold on

Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle
For as the older you get, the more you need the people
You knew when you were young
Live in New York City once but leave before it makes you hard
Live in northern California once but leave before it makes you soft

Travel

Accept certain inalienable truths
Prices will rise, politicians will philander, you, too, will get old
And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young
Prices were reasonable, politicians were noble
And children respected their elders

Respect your elders

Don’t expect anyone else to support you
Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse
But you never know when either one might run out

Don’t mess too much with your hair
Or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85

Be careful whose advice you buy but be patient with those who supply it

Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past

From the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts
And recycling it for more than it’s worth

But trust me on the sunscreen”

 

Thank you for your time and for singing along!

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If you would like to come to Business Network SW event in Bristol just contact me

 

Sean Humby – Director – Business Network (SW) Ltd

20348344060_9f971e8831_m

Tel 01981 540708             

www.business-networksw.co.uk

https://business-networksw.org

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/businessnetworksw

@seanhumby  #BNSW

 

Acknowledgements

Baz Luhrmann obviously – a great track

Lyrics site – http://www.metrolyrics.com

http://www.news.com.au

http://www.hbr.com

http://www.forbes.com

Dorie Clark

Getting the most from Business Network SW Events

Getting the most from your Business Network SW Events

Each event has a number of components – all there to give you maximum opportunities to enhance your business and build relationships

Business Seminar

Coffee served from 10.00am and seminar starts at 10.30am finishes at 11.45am
An ideal opportunity to meet people over coffee and during the seminar
The seminars are on a whole range of subjects that will be useful to your business and to the businesses of your clients. An opportunity to pick up new information; share knowledge and expertise; think about your business.

Typical Business Network SW seminar

The Networking lunch

From 11.45am until 12.30pm there is an informal free range networking session, there is a choice of wine, fruit juice or water. The Business Network SW hosts are there to assist in getting introductions and ensuring the most benefit is gained from the event.  Feel free to view this time lapse video of the pre lunch informal networking. – courtesy of Bitpod Ltd
Every person attending has a badge with their name, the business/organisation name and also a number for the table where they will sit for lunch. Those highlighted in green are first time visitors to Business Network SW events.  Those with a blue highlight are on their second trial event.

Informal networking over drinks

Every person attending is given a copy of the table seating plan – this is in Company Alphabetical order and shows the decision makers attending and which table they will be seated for the lunch along with offers and opportunities contributed by members.

12.30 lunch is called and at everyone then sits at the table  (the number is on the badge) There are table hosts at each table who will guide you through the next part of the lunch.
During the lunch each decision maker at your table will have 3 minutes to explain to the others the benefits that you and your organisation can offer; the type of business that you are looking for and also how other businesses can help you. Be memorable so that other people will be able to remember and refer.  Lunch will be served during the presentations – bread roll, followed by main course (special dietary requirements can be catered for), dessert and coffee.  Wine is available during lunch.


HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR 3 MINUTE PRESENTATION:

• Introduce yourself an your company/organisation
• Outline what you do – the benefits that you bring to your customers/clients
• What’s new in your world? What’s novel? How will people remember you?
• What type of customers/clients are you looking to build relationships with?
• How could the people around the table help you or your customers/contacts? What are you looking to purchase, what challenges do you have (also think about this from the perspective of your clients)
• Can you refer the people around the table to others that you know?

“You can everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want” – Zig Ziglar 
There will opportunity to ask further questions when everyone has completed their 3 minutes.
1.30 to 1.40 your opportunity to go and talk to someone else in the room (the seating plan will help you locate them), continue your conversation or start a new one with someone else on your table.
1.40 Speaker – An informative, enlightening and entertaining 10 minute talk given by a Business Network SW member.

Latest technology being shown during a 10 minute speaker slot!

2.00pm Lunch finishes – you can still continue to network with the others in the room, maybe set up a follow up meeting, gather information from the literature table. A great time to make those appointments and even continue your discussions in the venue’s facilities.

Some Top Tips

• Ensure that your company is only represented at the events by senior decision-makers; people who hold the authority to both buy and sell; people who can effectively promote your company and what it does; people who know the products and services that need
sourcing or re-sourcing that will improve your business.
• Ensure you come with Optitude – an attitude to look for opportunities for yourself and for others. Ask yourself, who is there in the room who is in a position to help my company or perhaps my clients?
• Bring plenty of business cards – you never know who might ask for one or even 2 – so that they can pass it on!
• Prepare your three minute presentation, focusing on the benefits or solutions your company provides.
• Be there as soon as you can – 10am for the seminar or 11.45am for pre-lunch drinks.
Seek out people you don’t know. Listen to them and be interested. See how they can help your company and how you can help their business. Have a polite disengaging line if in a group, or introduce an individual to someone who you feel may be of relevance, to
enable you to move on.
• Smile genuinely. Shake hands with everybody. Remember their first names – they have badges that will help you!
• Listen intently during each 3 minute presentation. Ask yourself during it:

° Can this person help my company?
° Can I help this company?
° Do I know anybody who could use this company?
• During the event refer to the full list of attendees and see if there is anybody else you wish to meet on other tables.

• Once back at the office, get out and review the business cards from around the table, and ask yourself:

° Who shall I write to and say how good it was to meet them?
° Who shall I ring and make an appointment to see?
° Who am I going to tell in my organisation about somebody I met today that could help him or her?
° Who else on my contact list could benefit from an introduction to one of the people I met today?
• Always keep in mind the members of Business Network SW, & always be on the lookout for any way in which you can pass on leads.

More advice from the from the experts – updated regularly to assist you in getting more from your networking
“The sage never tries to store things up. The more he does for others, the more he has. The more he gives to others, the greater his abundance.” Lao Tzu

  • Do you want to generate opportunities that will enhance your business?
  • Do you want to build mutually beneficial relationships with other decision makers?
  • Do you want your networking to relaxed and comfortable?
  • How about business seminars that can positively impact your business?
  • Would a huge variety of contacts be useful to your business?
  • Do you want the opportunity to promote your business and expertise?
  • Do you want a team of advocates and ambassadors for your business?
  • What about generating an ROI on your networking?

Business Network SW offers monthly, lunch time, structured and business focused networking events in Bristol

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With 2 minutes to spare…..

With only 2 minutes to spare

What could I share

A plug, a sales pitch or two

Oh no, that just would not do

 

All I’ll say is that I host an event

That over the last 23 years has been decent

In terms of conversations, connections with a super bunch

And guess what, it’s monthly over lunch

 

With a morning seminar before

I can guarantee that it is not a bore

With experts in their field sharing knowledge

Would you expect a rhyme with porridge

 

I thought as much, so best I act

So I’ll change my tact

The events generate a return on investment

Ensuring that your money is well spent

 

A quote from a member

“Work signed since September

£22, 247 or 742 months of lunch

Due to conversations and connections – and not just a good munch

 

The rhymes are getting worse

And my poetic skill is in reverse

I’ve preached to the converted, here

You know networking rewards are clear

 

But feel free to pass on and share

To those that that may need some networking fare

My phone, email, website and blog, are below, feel free to take heed

‘Cos a lunchtime event could fulfill yours or their networking need

 

 

So feel free to connect as it leads to success

Business Network SW is one of the best

Thank you for your time

There endeth the rhyme

 

 

My details as promised

 

Sean Humby – Director – Business Network (SW) Ltd

20348344060_9f971e8831_m

Sean reciting the poem……

Tel 01981 540708             

                            www.business-networksw.co.uk

https://business-networksw.org

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/businessnetworksw

@seanhumby  #BNSW

 

A top tip leading to Oscar Wilde’s famous networking quotes

During the course of my daily research I discovered that Oscar Wilde was born on 16th October 1854.  My daily research you may ask?  I’ll explain what I mean!

A top tip received from Guy Arnold (Founder of ‘Sales Through Service’: service systems that boost sales & sales systems that boost service.) led to my daily research – going the extra inch to make the difference in the way I do business!

The majority of us have a mobile phone; most of them enable you to leave a personal voicemail message that people who call you will get if you are unavailable; but how many of those messages are unique and tell the caller that you do actually reply to your voicemail messages?

That’s where my research comes in – I record a new message everyday – stating the day, thanking the caller for calling; explaining when I will call back and finally a fact for the day!  Facts are provided by Wikipedia – births, events, observances (i don’t do deaths!) and there has never been a day when I haven’t found one!  I will confess that I do this Monday to Friday but I do know that there are facts that will be there for Saturday’s and Sunday’s!

And that is why you are now going to see how Oscar Wilde came up with so many networking quotes (perhaps inadvertently as not even Business Network was around in the late 19th century!)

I’ll start with the reason I love quotes….these are all from goodreads

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”
Oscar Wilde

I am sure that you can see the relevance to networking – the preparation, the actual events, the follow up, your conversations……

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis possible is the lowest level.”
Oscar Wilde

If you are going to network then be prepared for a conversation not a sales pitch or elevator pitch; ask questions that are unexpected and get beneath the surface.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
Oscar Wilde

At an event, before an event, after an event think about what you can do for someone else – introduce them to others, share knowledge, share an opportunity even just get someone a drink or even more radical go and speak to someone who is on their own or even someone you have never met before!

“You can never be overdressed or over educated.”
Oscar Wilde

You are representing your business/organisation – it is Brand You so how are you coming across?

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

More of Brand You – relax, enjoy, talk about things other than business – let people see the real you not someone who has just swallowed the corporate speak jargon book complete with synonyms, acronyms and the other business B***S***! 

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Share yours, it’s not a weakness; in fact it could be the just the thing that starts a really great win/win relationship
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Nothing to talk about at a networking event?  Your diary, looking back and forward is a great place to start – it’s about you, what you do, the businesses that you help, the businesses and organisations that you are looking to help – need I say more?
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
Oscar Wilde

Guess what you should be working towards!

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

How can you make yourself and the benefits that you bring memorable?  Is it during the conversations that you have or is it the way in which you follow up?  You do follow up don’t you?  Not just with a spammy email or a newsletter with something that shows that you have paid attention and listened.
I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde

You are an expert in your particular field, you’ll know experts in other fields, perhaps you share a common interest – whatever it maybe feel free to share, help, pass on something useful, be a connector.  We all know how abundance works don’t we?  Great paper here by Wendy Jansen and Wilma .van den Heuvel

“A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.”
Oscar Wilde

Need I say more?!

Other related articles

Winnie the Pooh’s Networking Quotes

Dr Seuss – inspirational quotes

Networking quotes – Top quotes for Top Networking

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Have a great day

Winnie the Pooh and networking quotes – more than a coincidence?

It was on this day – 14th October 1926 that AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh was first published.

The same day as the October Bristol Business Network event.

The link – my in depth research for the event and the uncovering, nay discovery of the following – all quotes from Winnie the Pooh and AA Milne and all related to networking.

You will without a shadow of doubt see the relevance so I will spare any explanations…

Networking Quotes courtesy of Winnie the Pooh and AA Milne!

A.A Milne

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
― A.A. Milne

“Weeds are Flowers too, once you get to know them.”
― A.A. Milne

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

 

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

 

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

 

“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”
― A.A. Milne

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience – well, that comes from poor judgment.”
― A.A. Milne

“But it’s always useful to know where a friend-and-relation is, whether you want him or whether you don’t.”
― A.A. MilneThe House at Pooh Corner

 

“As soon as I saw you I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.”
― A.A. Milne

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Paternoster patter, elevator pitch or conversations and connections…networking tips from Business Network SW

A bit of advice for any networking that you do – and this was given to me a number of years ago!

When we meet people at networking events they will be “representing” their business – but they are also consumers who have a life outside business, have homes, families, cars, want holidays, places to visit and places to eat and drink – and they will know lots of people in their “non business life” who will have those B2C needs!

Most people aren’t born with a natural talent for networking – a bit like any business skill it takes practice, research, reading, listening and practice – like all skills the more you practice the better you become. You will never know which event will lead to finding a mentor, a collaborator, a co-founder, a customer, a supplier,  a connection that will be useful to you, your business or someone that you know at a later date. As Robert Kiyosaki says “The richest people in the world grow and build networks.  Everyone else looks for work”

Research

There’s never a reason to go into an event blind. Research using all the tools available – what’s being said on Twitter, LinkedIn, who goes to the events, is the event listed on Find Networking Events, who’s the host, where is the event, is there parking, is it invitation only, how much will it cost, is there food, is there a business seminar, what do you need to prepare for, is it speedy or relaxed – and any other questions you need answering!  The host is there to broker introductions and help you get the most from the event

Go with a plan

Failure to plan is planning to fail – as Benjamin Franklin said – this applies to a networking event as much as any other business/life activity.  Go with some goals but keep it simple; maybe your goal is to exchange information with five new people; share some knowledge;  talk about something other than business (now there’s a thought!) – not meet as many as possible or get an order – would you give an order to someone you’ve only just met? Do keep in mind that plans can change – a conversation that you have could lead somewhere that you weren’t expecting – a real win-win-win moment!

Be on time

Arrive as close to the event’s designated start time as possible – even a bit early – a great time to meet the host and before groups have started to form.  If you are there “first” then people will gravitate to you or vice versa!  One thing I would add is to look for those people who may be on their own – approach them, smile, be friendly and start a conversation – another win/win!

Be approachable

Body language is everything, especially when meeting new people.  What does yours say about you?  Look at people’s feet – look at your own – an open stance in inviting!  If there is someone on their own go and introduce yourself – how much easier is it to do that and how good will the person feel that they are no longer on their own.  Put your phone away – you’re there to talk to people face to face!  Relax, smile and remember that other people will be as nervous as you!

Know when to stop talking, know how to listen!

A conversation should never be dominated by one party. We have all heard the 2 ears, one mouth analogy  – this is what works best!  Listen, ask questions, and truly be engaged in what the other participant is saying, instead of focusing on what you want to tell him or her next, or on looking for someone else in the event or even worse looking at your phone!  Know how to move on politely – perhaps go together to get another drink or join other people you know and to introduce the person you’re with to the others – you can move on without leaving them on their own!

Don’t give a pitch/elevator speech/lift oration/paternoster patter/step ladder presentation

Unless someone asks, keep your business plan/business jargon/businesses successes to yourself. Why not share general interests and keep the focus on having a genuine conversation. How do you do this – ask questions – ask questions that will help you get to know the person – become interested in them! Open questions tend to give the best answers and are a great catalyst for conversation.   Networking shouldn’t be about just finding someone who can offer something to your business. It’s about forming new relationships. And if your business is brought up, only share what they want to know. Don’t go into pitch/elevator speech/lift oration/paternoster patter/stepladder presentation mode!

Follow up

Networking doesn’t end when the event does. Attending events is useless if you don’t take the time to follow up afterwards. Best practice say you should follow up within 24-48 hours of the event.

How you do it is up to you or should I say up to how you have promised/agreed to follow up with the people that you have met. It could be via LinkedIn (a personal invitation), on Twitter (following them), an email, a phone call, arranging a coffee and one to one – the choice is yours!

What it’s not is your newsletter (unless they have asked), never a blanket email – either to everyone at the event or even a blanket email that showing the email address of everyone you met.   It’s a good idea to reference the event and something you discussed, business related or otherwise – a business card is a great place to do this and this can then be added to your CRM system.  Keep your tone professional, but relaxed – having just read an article in The Guardian about politeness then take the time to treat and communicate with others as you yourself would like to be dealt with.   Give them time to respond before sending a second follow-up – this is where connecting on LinkedIn and/or Twitter is far better – keeping each other updated but indirectly!

The list is not endless so feel free to comment and add your top tips!

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100 reasons to attend a BNSW event 2015

2015 Event dates

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What people are saying about BNSW – 2015

Following the Exeter Business Network event in May 2015 held at Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre attended by over 50 people a “snapshot” survey was carried out – thank you to all those that completed them!

Before I share the results here is a paragraph from a survey that was carried out to see how consumers viewed survey statistics – I am sure that there is a name for this!

Carried out in 2014 “An Ipsos Mori survey of more than 2,000 consumers, commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust, revealed that 57 per cent of consumers liked to see statistics in advertising to substantiate claims, with 41 per cent claiming that third party support and verification from a trusted organisations impacted on their desire to believe advertising.”  Full Article here in The Drum @The Drum

The article went on to say  “Our survey showed that statistics or evidence was by far and away the best way to increase public trust in any advertising claims. Having supporting statistics and evidence in advertising is just one of the ways to ensure consumers are getting accurate claims about any products or services.”

So I trust that the following will help you!

21 responses – a 42% return rate!

The questions asked – based a little on the NPS system

What do you like best about Business Network SW

Net Promoter Score 66%

  • Meeting new and old businesses
  • Making friends and new contacts
  • Professionalism of the network
  • Quality of attendees
  • Information provided before during and after the events
  • I love the format – perfect for introductions and getting to know people
  • Networking
  • Meeting businesses who have an interest in making links, connecting people and building the community – business and wider
  • Charity Links – Business Network SW Charities
  • A really nice mix of people and really friendly chat – not all self promotion
  • Everything – I wouldn’t still be coming after all these years otherwise!
  • Good collection of organisations represented and great atmosphere created. really enjoyed it.
  • Opportunity for seminar, quotes, variety, the way networking is done at the table
  • The people
  • Well organised
  • The people, the atmosphere
  • Not too formal
  • Diversity of members, guests, venues
  • Targeted regular networking
  • Relaxed, the venue – Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre
  • Nice, relaxed, well led, excellent venue
  • The format
  • Socialising, meeting new contacts and friends
  • Informal but productive
  • Very friendly

What could Business Network SW do better

Passives 7 - 18%

  • A 3 minute slot to everyone for one member
  • Increase membership – decrease cost
  • Not sure at the moment
  • Ad hoc membership (possibly at a higher rate)
  • Expand numbers and diversity
  • Interesting business relevant content
  • Nothing
  • Have annual dinner dance (with fun casino and photobooth!)
  • Keep on doing the same please
  • Nothing! You do brilliantly – maybe set up a Facebook page)
  • More business speakers
  • All good
  • Hard to imagine
  • Nothing that comes to mind
  • Not much – it’s really good

So having read this I trust that you as a potential consumer has got some accurate feedback on Business Network SW!  We will certainly be looking to become better and the suggestions that have been made are great!

They say that the proof is in the pudding and you not only get the pudding at an event you get…..

  • Super seminar before lunch – 10am – 11.45am
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm. Structured networking around your table with other decision makers.
  • Lunch speaker
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!

All for just £36.00 inc VAT covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks – wine available, event programme, delegate list, dietary requirements are catered for.

The next events are here – for 2015

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100 reasons to attend a BNSW event

Networking lunches in Bristol for senior decision makers, partners, directors and business owners.

 

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Every event has

  • Super business enhancing seminar before lunch – 10am – 11.45am
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm.  Structured networking around your hosted table with other decision makers.  Lunch finishes 2pm
  • Lunch speaker – insightful, enlightening and entertaining
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!
  • Cost of event for members is £30.00 (Inc. VAT) (visitors £37.00 inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks – wine available, event programme, delegate list, dietary requirements are catered for.

To book

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Business Network SW and The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant

Delighted to have signed The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant and here’s why and how it is something that you could do as well!

Firstly a bit of background….

How did I find out about this – well the short answer (and perhaps the one you’d expect!) is from networking!  A number of months ago at an Exeter Business Network event I met Captain Chris Gillespie 6th Rifles Regimental Operational Support Officer and also Jon Beake from Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association.  They liked the event and could see the benefits from attending in terms of promoting the work that they do in the community, the way in which businesses can help support the work that they do, offer insight, connections and opportunities for the serving military personnel that are looking to leave

What is a corporate covenant?

A corporate covenant is a written and publicised voluntary pledge from businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their concrete support for the armed forces community.

Hundreds of organisations have signed the corporate covenant, find out who has signed and what they’re pledging here.

How does the corporate covenant fit into the ‘covenant family’?

The corporate covenant has been designed to complement the armed forces covenant and sit alongside the community covenant. The armed forces covenant sets out the moral obligation of society towards members of the armed forces community and the community covenant provides a mechanism for local authorities and communities to express support for members of the armed forces community. The corporate covenant is designed to allow businesses and charitable organisations to express their support, and commit to ways in which they can provide that support.

The Employer Recognition Scheme rewards employers for their varying levels of support for the armed forces in relation to the corporate covenant, with Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards. Find out more here.

What does a corporate covenant include?

All corporate covenants include a core statement of commitment that those adopting the scheme sign up to. This covers the 2 key principles of the armed forces covenant, which are:

  • no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen
  • in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved

Each organisation will also be encouraged to offer support in a way most appropriate to their situation and capacity, with the pledge document including a ‘menu’ of options for them to sign up to. This menu covers employment support for veterans, reservists, service spouses and partners, as well as support for cadet units, Armed Forces Day, and discounts for the armed forces community. There is also an opportunity for companies and charitable organisations to add their own commitments based on local circumstances.

And that’s it in a nutshell!

At the Exeter Business Network event on June 10th you can find out more from Jon Beake – Regional SaBRE Director with Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association – along with a great seminar and numerous networking opportunities!

From l-r Jon Beake - Wessex Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association; Sean Humby - BNSW and Fergus Sullivan - 105 Battalion REME presenting The Armed Forces Coprporate Covenant

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Jon Beake – Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association; Sean Humby – BNSW and Fergus Sullivan – 105 Battalion REME presenting The Armed Forces Coprporate Covenant

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Delighted to also announce that Business Network SW has been awarded Bronze Award – one of numerous businesses who has pledged it’s support to defence and to take a positive stance towards existing and prospective employees who are part of the Armed Services community.

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The full list of supportive employers is here

Find out more here

 

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Networking lessons from Geese

Networking Lessons from Geese

Possibly because my father is an ardent twitcher and probably because of seeing geese so regularly whilst out and about I have always been fascinated by why so many birds fly in a V formation.flock of migrating canada geese birds flying at sunset courtesy of Andrea Mathieson

V formation (sometimes called a skein) is the symmetric V-shaped flight formation of flights of geese and from the research that has been carried out and published in journals such as Nature we can learn a lot that can be transferred into business and life!  What follows are my interpretations for business and for networking!

And it must be good as Sir Alex Ferguson talked about them during his training sessions with Manchester United and also on the BBC programme Secrets of Success with Nick Robinson shown on 11th October 2015

Goose fact 1.  As each goose flaps it’s wings it creates 71% more uplift for birds that are following, so by flying in formation the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than by flying alone.

Lesson for business

By getting people to share a common direction and sense of community then you can get to a destination quicker and easier because all are travelling on the thrust of one another

Networking perspective

A networking group or event has a common purpose – to benefit all those there in a win-win way.  Whether this is through  becoming better informed, gaining more knowledge, building relationships with suppliers, raising your profile with potential customers, sharing expertise, generating business opportunities with those that you meet (and perhaps even the people they know!)

Goose fact 2. When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying and quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.

Lesson for business

By adopting the awareness of geese we will stay in formation with those headed in the direction we want to go.  We are willing to accept their help and to help others.

Networking perspective

By growing and building your network both face to face and online (business contacts, customers, suppliers, friends, family, social groups, alumni, trade, online groups) and staying in contact with them you will generate opportunities – sharing a link, making that call, thinking of how you could help others and how others can help you are all part of a successful business strategy.  A simple message is found in team; Together Each Achieves More.

Goose fact 3.  When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.

Lesson for business

It pays to take turns to do the hard tasks and share the leadership.  As with geese we are all interdependent upon each other skills, capabilities and the unique arrangement we have of gifts, talents and resources.

Networking perspective

As the leader of the business, by definition, you are the vanguard, the main man/woman, CEO, MD and possibly everything else! And also by definition the person who needs to know everything, be an expert in everything from HR, health and safety, accounts, sales, marketing, customer service, commerce, IT, websites, social media, transport/logistics, fulfilment and then having to fit in your own life – family, children, holidays, the school run, leisure, sport, hobbies, food and drink, shopping, DIY and sleep.  How can this be done in 24 hours?  When do you get the time to do what you are best at – the service you provide, the product you designed, the expertise that people want?  With  your network you have unlimited expertise and people who can help you get what you want from life and business.  And the best thing is that you will know these people, probably like them and that’s where the trust that is so important can begin!

Goose fact 4. The geese flying in a formation will honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Lesson for business

We need to ensure that when we honk we honk encouragingly.  In groups/businesses/organisations  where there is encouragement, the production is much greater.  Communication is key – the right message, delivered in a way that people can understand and see how they can make a difference is key.

Networking perspective

At a networking event perhaps not so much honking as conversation.  The conversations that you have should be about those that you meet and not a sales pitch from you.  By asking questions you can find out so much about why a person you meet does what they do, what challenges they may have, what they are looking to achieve short term (long term), the successes they have had, what they are working on currently and when you do find this out then opportunities will start to become apparent for you and even better for those that you know.   Try asking the unexpected question, the one that causes someone to stop and think – the answer will always be more memorable for all and give far more insight than “what do you do?”  Although you have the opportunity to be memorable here – when asked what you do – stay away from the stock, standard response “I am an …..and I do ……”.  A well known example is from Harley Davidson  – do they build/sell motorcycles – no they provide experiences!  Do I arrange a monthly networking lunch in Exeter – no – you have the best environment for a conversation that can lead to connections and collaborationsOnce the people in your network are all “honking” then there will be unlimited possibilities.

Goose fact 5.  If a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help protect it.  They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again.  They then launch out in their own formation to catch up or join another flock

Lesson for business

If we have as much sense as geese then we will stick together in difficult times as well as when we are strong – collaboration can help for any business  – as has been mentioned no one knows everything even if you are in the same business sector the expertise can be different even niche.

Networking perspective

A business going through difficult times can get through these with the support of the network.  .  Knowing where to turn for help is something that a network can provide – businesses that are sick can be saved if you know where to find the best expertise.  With the people in your network you will be able to ask for the help that you need – if someone cannot help directly they will certainly know someone who can and the connection can be made.

In conclusion any networking that you do (or are looking to do) can be very much like the geese in their formation – something that is second nature, common practise and that is mutually beneficial.  If you can apply this to your networking then you will undoubtedly become more successful!

Sean Humby is Director of Business Network SW and host of the events in the South West – bringing decision makers together monthly at lunchtimes to build long term business relationships.  The events in the South West are held in Bristol and have been since 1993

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Article writer and Event host – Sean Humby

The environment Business Network SW provides is relaxed and business focused to ensure that you and your business get the most benefit.  Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations.  Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!

For more details and your invitation email sean@business-network.co.uk Call 01981 540708

Visit www.business-networksw.co.uk Blog www.business-networksw.org Twitter @seanhumby #BNSW

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How to network in 5 simple steps

Networking lunches in Bristol for senior decision makers, partners, directors and business owners.

*5 simple steps for you

  1. Remaining Open Networking is all about opening your mind to other people and their businesses. 
  2. Commit & PersevereRome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a network. 
  3. Help, Don’t SellWhen speaking to someone new, don’t immediately switch to sales mode and try to ram your products and services down their throat.
  4. What Can You Do for Others?Don’t approach networking with a ‘me me me’ attitude, see it as a forum where you come to help and advise others too.
  5. Don’t Assume Everybody ‘Gets It’ A big networking mistake is to assume that everyone already knows what you do. WRONG. 

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With these 5 simple steps plus

  • Business seminar – Finding & selling to customers
  • Guaranteed conversations & connections over drinks & 2 course served lunch
  • Structured & relaxed networking with senior decision makers
  • Event programme full of great opportunities and offers available only to those attending
  • Delegate list provided, dietary requirements catered for
  • An event that finishes at 2pm enabling you to have a productive afternoon

ALL at the Bristol Business Network event on 20th July at Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa you and your business will generate opportunities to grow

 

Business Seminar before THE networking lunch

Finding and selling to customers

Get Set For Growth are hosting this seminar  – A double act – Phil Stott – Regional Director GSFG & Berkeley Harris – Sandler Training will look at

  • Understanding your customer and communicating your value proposition
  • Using the right marketing tools – including social media
  • Effective selling to guarantee long term success

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Followed by THE Networking lunch

  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm.
  • Structured networking around your table with other decision makers.
  • Lunch finishes 2pm so you can have a productive afternoon

Lunch Speaker – Michael Evans – Beyond Consulting

Cost of event is £37.00 (Inc. VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks – wine available, event programme, delegate list, dietary requirements are catered for.  Free parking in hotel car park on first come first served basis

FAQ’s

Who attends the Bristol events?

How to make networking work for you – GWS Media

What is business networking and is it important?

What others are saying or look on Twitter, look up @seanhumby or search #BNSW

Will I get a return?

Networking in a nutshell

*Networking pro-tip: Try aiming your pitch at eight year old children. Sounds crazy? It works! You will get super clarity and a pitch that leaves no space for ambiguity

Please feel free to contact me if you need any more information or a conversation on what networking can do for you and your business.

Have a fantastic day!

Best regards

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Sean Humby – Event host

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

 

*From a fabulous article by  Kayleigh Töyrä – GWS Media 

“Thank you very much to Matt from Recognition Express whose Networking Masterclass at a recent Business Network SW event inspired and informed this piece of content.”
More great business insights, tips, advice and expertise on the GWS Media Blog

 

Conquering, ascending and 3,2,1……

Why this headline?  Alexander the Great was born 20th July 365 BC; Edmund Hillary born the same day in 1919 and Ted Rogers was born 1935.

So in the action of Ted Rogers 3,2,1 here’s

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representing golden opportunities for you and your business to conquer, ascend and grow

Business Network SW has been operating successfully for over 23 years, and because we target senior decision-makers it is all about establishing meaningful business relationships – not a “hard sell”.

  • Business seminar – Finding & selling to customers
  • Guaranteed conversations & connections
  • Structured & relaxed networking with senior decision makers
  • event programme full of great opportunities and offers
  • delegate list provided, dietary requirements catered for
  • event finishes at 2pm enabling you to have a productive afternoon

All available to you at the event on 20th July at Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa.

 

Business Seminar before THE networking lunch

Finding and selling to customers

Get Set For Growth are hosting this seminar

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A double act – Phil Stott – Regional Director GetSet For Growth & Berkeley Harris – Sandler Training will look at

  • Understanding your customer and communicating your value proposition
  • Using the right marketing tools – including social media
  • Effective selling to guarantee long term success

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Followed by THE Networking lunch

  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm.
  • Structured networking around your table with other decision makers.
  • Lunch finishes 2pm so you can have a productive afternoon

Lunch Speaker – Michael Evans – Beyond Consulting

Cost of event is £37.00 (Inc. VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks - wine available, event programme, delegate list, dietary requirements are catered for.  Free parking in hotel car park on first come first served basis

 

FAQ’s

Please feel free to contact me if you need any more information or a conversation on what networking can do for you and your business.

Have a fantastic day!

Best regards

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Sean Humby

Business Network (SW) Ltd

 

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“It’s Marketing”, Jim, “but not as we know it” – or is it?

Networking lunches in Bristol for senior decision makers, partners, directors and business owners.

 

Bristol Business Network Next event 22nd June 2016 at The Bristol Hotel will take you on a journey to the final frontiers – social media, networking and lunch – a combination that will surely enhance your business through a plethora of opportunities – all a very logical part of ensuring that your business lives long and prospers

You’ll experience what Bristol’s longest running lunch time networking group can bring to your business. Business Network SW has been operating successfully for over 23 years (beginning star date 12 5 1993) , and because we target senior decision-makers it is all about establishing meaningful business relationships – not a ‘hard sell’ (no phasers required!)

Research has long supported the view that networking is a key factor in the success of fast growth companies. It allows the business person to build new business relationships, ‘knowledge share’ and generate business opportunities at the same time. Many business people prefer face-to-face networking opportunities because they prefer actually knowing and meeting who they intend to do business with.

But don’t just take my word for it – come (even teleport) and chat to our members and let then tell you why they find our format so effective.

What the event gives you

  • business seminar with networking over coffee
  • networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm;
  • sitting for your structured, served, 2 course networking lunch at 12.30pm;
  • tables hosted, seating plan designed,
  • event programme full of great opportunities and offers,
  • delegate list provided,
  • dietary requirements catered for.
  • event finishes at 2pm enabling you to have a productive afternoon

 Seminar before lunch being hosted by David Doughty – Excellencia

Social Media for Business

 Proven, practical tips and techniques to help you win business via social media

  • Choose your channels – how do you know which social media channels to use and how should you use them?
  • Build relationships – just like face-to-face networking, how do you build successful business relationships using social media?
  • “It’s Marketing”, Jim, “but not as we know it” – or is it? What’s different about social media marketing and what’s the same
  • 10 Myths about Social Media for Business – don’t believe everything you read about Social Media
  • Putting it all together – how to develop a Social Media Marketing strategy that works for you

Benefits – attendees will gain a greater understanding of how Social Media can be used to win business, they will learn useful tips and techniques that they can use in their own business to boost sales and increase growth

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Then THE Networking Lunch…..

  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm. Structured networking around your table with other decision makers.  Lunch finishes 2pm
  • Cost of event for members is £30.00 (Inc. VAT) (visitors £37.00 inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks - wine available, event programme, delegate list, dietary requirements are catered for. Parking available in adjacent NCP at 50% off.

 

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

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Businesses that could benefit from networking with Business Network SW

A - K - Architects, Art Galleries, Barbers, Car/Van/Truck Hire, Cash & Carry Wholesalers, Coffee Services, Concierge Services, Copy Writers, Courier Services, Data Recovery, Debt Collectors, Dental Surgeons, Eco Renewable, Factoring Brokers, Fire & Flood Restoration, Fire Safety Consultants, First Aid Training, Fleet Management, Florist, Flying Schools, Funeral Directors, Garden Services, Grant Funding, Hair and Beauty Salon, Health Clubs, IT Support, 

L - Z Labelling and Packaging, Landscapers, Language Schools, Loss Assessors, Market Research, Marquee & Tent Hire, Members of ParliamentOffice Cleaning, Office Stationery, Opticians, Painters & Decorators, Personal Trainer, Pet Services, Photocopiers, Physiotherapists, Safety Products, Salvage and Reclamation, Schools & Colleges, Secretarial Services, Security Systems, Taxis, Ticket Agencies, Translators, Tutoring, Virtual Office, Waste Disposal /recycling,
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