Watch out for new dates once restrictions lift!
We are missing the 'human' contact with our face-to-face networking and hope that it isn't too long before we can resume our events again.
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Ridiculously effective networking
Held in various venues throughout Harrogate
Networking events are meant as jumping-off points for relationship building. If you can't be yourself, you’ll be starting off these new relationships with a lie. Don’t try to be the person you think others want to meet. Be genuine. The people you connect with when you are authentic are the ones you’ll want to stay in touch with.
Set reasonable expectations
When attending an event, understand what you are there to do. Is your goal to feel out a new organization and get to know the vibe? Is it to meet five new people? Is it to meet one or two specific people? These are all reasonable expectations and it takes a little pre-planning to set these goals.
Don’t be afraid to join in
There is nothing wrong with joining a conversation and waiting for a natural break in the chatter to introduce yourself. In most cases, the people who are already speaking will enjoy the interruption because it gives them a chance to meet someone new. If you sense that you’ve entered into a serious discussion, it’s okay to politely excuse yourself.
Sharing is caring
If you are willing to share your contacts and resources, others will be more likely to help you as well. Develop a sincerity in your giving nature without expectation of something in return.
Remember your business cards
If you have a stimulating conversation about your business and the person you are speaking with is genuinely interested in your services, then they will ASK for it. Remember business cards in networking events serve as a convenient way to respond to a request for your contact information.