5 Tao Tips to better Networking

Posted: 2nd January 2016

Cheryl5 Steps To Networking Success from Staffordshire based Tao Business Solutions and Cannock Network Leader Cheryl Turner.

Networking is an essential part of growing your business, but we’re not all
naturals at it.  Some people take to it like the proverbial duck to water,
whilst others go cold at the thought of walking into a room of strangers and
talking about themselves.  So, pop the kettle on, take 5 minutes and enjoy
my Top 5 Tips to successful networking, and watch your business grow in
2016.

  1. We’ve all been “The Newbie”. If you see someone standing on their
    own looking lost at a networking meeting (WiRE or otherwise), make the
    effort to introduce yourself to them, and involve them in the group.
  2. Ask questions. Nobody wants to be stuck with a “me me me” networker.
    Two ears. One mouth. Think about it …
  3. Most networking groups call for a 60 second “elevator” pitch. Don’t
    wing it. Plan it. Work on it. Be concise, but be specific as to what you’re
    looking for and how you can help others in the room.  Don’t be afraid to read from, or take, notes to help you remember.
  4. If you’re attending the same networking group on a regular basis, change your 60 seconds, otherwise your colleagues in the room will know it better than you before too long and you’ll easily lose your audience.
  5. It’s not all about you. Think about how you can help fellow members, either through a referral, a testimonial or a natural synergy between your businesses.

Networking success won’t fall into your lap overnight but keep going and
you WILL get there.

Staffordshire based Tao Business Solutions is run by WiRE member and
Cannock Network Leader Cheryl Turner.  Cheryl uses her natural passion for
social media to help businesses of all sizes by offering social media
management as well as 121 coaching and social media workshops.  Cheryl has
helped WiRE members with their Twitter presence by presenting two workshops
under the Women & Broadband Challenge and is also a WiRE mentor.  Join
Cheryl every Tuesday night from 7pm as she hosts #WiRE Hour on our behalf.