The Chamber Network
September 22, 2016
“The successful networkers I know, the ones receiving tons of referrals and feeling truly happy about themselves, continually put the other person’s needs ahead of their own.” -Bob Burg
Networking, for some, is extremely intimidating. Don’t make excuses or say “I’m too busy.” There are too many networking opportunities to miss. Get a face with a name. It is, sometimes, walking up to people you don’t know and introducing yourself. That’s the first step, but that’s the baby step. What if we spent as much time on follow up and creating business opportunities that are mutually beneficial as we spend sweating the small stuff, the initial introduction, how successful could we be? People do business with people they know, but to really get to know someone, you need to know their story. Stories make faces more memorable. What’s your story?
As you meet new people, make them feel important, and this too will make your initial introduction more memorable. Each networking opportunity pulls a different crowd. Did we do our research? Who will be there? The speakers and hosts are easy to approach and thank for the opportunity. Don’t get caught on your phone. Be present in the moment and listen to conversation opportunities. Overheard shared experiences are segue ways and serve as easier introductions than even the best ice breaker.
Get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. You never know if these people can help you land a kick-starter opportunity or your dream job. The Chamber is made of more than 1,000 members and businesses. These individuals and industries are the movers and shakers in the community. The Chamber, its board, staff and volunteers, work to provide networking opportunities that encourage member participation. Together everyone achieves more! Together, we want to create economic and professional growth opportunities for our members and create a community that is a dynamic place to work, visit and live.