You’ve taken the first step and decided to start networking, now what? We’ve put together our top tips to help you get the most out of every networking opportunity.
Get Out There!
Attending events regularly is one of the easiest ways you can start to build a network with other Chamber members.
Many events have limited places. As soon as you see an event that interests you, book your place to avoid disappointment.
If you’re attending an event talk about it on social media. It’s a great way to start a conversation. Cork Chamber have a large presence on LinkedIn and Twitter and we love to talk.
Share The Love
Use events as an opportunity to strengthen existing relationships by inviting clients, colleagues and customers to attend with you.
Do Your Homework
Read the attendance list and choose 2/3 people you’d like to meet at the event. Knowing who you want to connect with will help you break the ice.
Arrive On Time
If you’re rushing in to a room just as the speaker gets on stage you’ve already missed valuable opportunities to meet people. Arrive in plenty of time to meet people and swap business cards.
Bring Business Cards!
Share The Spotlight
Raise your profile and share key brand messages by doing a one minute elevator pitch at an event.
Smile and get yourself in to a photo, you never know where your face might show up!
Don’t Be Shy
If you’re not a seasoned networker it can be daunting walking up to someone and introducing yourself so remember that everyone is there for the same reason as you.
You can send an email, connect on LinkedIn or share those contact details you promised. Whatever way you do it, following up with contacts you meet at Chamber events is critical to your networking success.
Find out what’s happening first by following Cork Chamber on LinkedIn and Twitter, and keep an eye on our weekly e-bulletin and website for the latest news and event announcements!
Keep in Touch!
Keep your profile up and make sure other Members know about any news, events or offers you’re running by adding items to the Members Information Centre (MIC). From there it will be shared on the weekly e-bulletin and on our website!