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Networking Tips From Athena Regional Directors

Tips For Networking

A selection of top networking tips from some of our Athena Network Regional Directors.  

Business networking is a wonderful opportunity to connect with lots of other like-minded business women.  If networking is something that is new to you or your looking to brush up your skills, read through these top tips and gain a clearer insight on how to approach attending events and how to manage yourself whilst you are there.  If you would like to add your own please let us know here

~ Strategic partnerships add value to your clients by making them aware of each others products & services.

~ To build the right strategic partnership, identify the types of businesses who serve the same target market as you.

Follow Joanne Sumner
Twitter: @AthenaWLondon
Website: http://theathenanetwork.co.uk/JoanneSumner/

Make sure people can hear you when delivering your minute at networking events, if they can’t hear you they can’t help you.

Dress appropriately for your industry or role, dress inappropriately and you will lose credibility.

~ In your elevator pitch describe what you and your business can do as a solution to a problem.

Always ask for testimonials and use them in your networking activities.

Remember how nice it is to be thanked? Always acknowledge & thank fellow networkers who have helped you and your business.

Don’t disappear after a networking event you need to allow time for people to come and talk about you & your business.

Develop the habit of introducing people you, it will help build your profile too.

Follow Rosy Holt
Twitter: @rosyholt
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NetworkingtheAthenaWayinSouthEastHertsandEnfield
Website: http://theathenanetwork.co.uk/RosyHolt/

Remember your first time at a networking event? Look for the new comers and make them welcome

When you have only 60 seconds to make an impact: Do just that. Always prepare your content in advance. Never wing it.

When networking always ask yourself what you can do to help & support the person you’re talking to.

Building an authentic business connection takes time, respect & patience. Give all 3 the priority they deserve.

Build strong, authentic, rewarding & mutually beneficial relationships for the best networking success.

Follow Bernadette Sarginson
Twitter: @AthenaNotts
Website: http://theathenanetwork.co.uk/bernadettesarginson/

Keep on dreaming, keep on taking action, keep on breathing and networking. Make it happen!

Action is everything. Ladies YOU can do anything!

Did you know that people buy from people they know, like and trust. Networking is a great way to get to know people, build trust and show off your personality.

Follow Julie Eltham
Twitter: @athenaSWLondon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/athenaswlondonandsurrey?fref=ts
Website: http://theathenanetwork.co.uk/JulieEltham/

You are the biggest asset your business has and the more you invest in that asset, the more your business will grow

Set an intention to talk to 3 new people and gain 3 new pieces of information, research who will be at the event

Follow Sylvia Baldock
Twitter: @SylviaBaldock
Website: http://theathenanetwork.co.uk/sylviabaldock/

Give good eye contact and smile. Both go a long way.

Make a point of asking about a business that’s not familiar to you, Otherwise, how can you give them referrals?

If reading your minute, back the paper it’s on with your logo or business name.

Show interest in everyone. They may live next door to your greatest potential customer.

Avoid using initials and acronyms. Too confusing for those outside of your industry.

Be consistent in your attendance at chosen events. Out of sight out of mind.

Follow Rachel Maunder
Twitter: @RachelMaunder
Website: http://theathenanetwork.co.uk/RachelMaunder/

Always take notes during meetings to remind yourself of calls to action

Keep your monthly minutes, your meeting schedules, your meeting notes and your action points together in a folder and bring to every Athena meeting. Use to reflect, review and take relevant action!

~ Update your database with memorable information about your contacts to help you build rapport next time you see them!

Follow Linda Huckle
Twitter: @Athena_BWValley
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AthenaBlackwater?fref=ts
Website: http://theathenanetwork.co.uk/lindahuckle/

~ Ensure you have a clear Call to Action as part of your monthly minute, so that the other members know exactly how they may be able to help you.

Follow Katie Farrell
Twitter: @athena_beds
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Athena-Network-Bedfordshire/310333229150459?ref=ts&fref=ts
Website: http://theathenanetwork.co.uk/katiefarrell/

 

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"Athena Networking has been the making of me! I have made more friends and learnt more about business tools and networking strategy in the last year than I ever thought possible. Athena’s focus on training members to be the best that they can be, whilst in a supportive and nurturing environment, gave me the confidence to learn and grow which in turn allowed my business to do the same. It is this, that is the heart of Athena. No hard sell amongst the members, we encourage one another to help where we can. I always come away from a meeting inspired and bubbling with ideas on how to grow my business. It’s a fabulous way to live, learn and grow. Nicky Fitzmaurice www.satinpaperbacks.com

Selena Ludick

“The Athena network can be distinguished from any other networking group I attend. Its structure and form mean that members who attend are committed and dedicated to proactive networking which on turn achieves tangible results.  This benefits me and my firm,  in just a two  hour monthly meeting I have the opportunity to talk to other business women about me, my business and what I need and how I can be helped.  The environment for delivering this is focused and professional. As a result referrals are made and recommendations given which, for me achieves increased clients and in turn builds greater contacts.  As a busy business women Athena also provides a forum to connect with other business women on a social / friendship basis so “all work and no play does not make this Jill a dull girl” Athena motivates me, strengthens my vision, equips and endorses me but most of all provides the fuel every business women needs to keep raising her game and stepping up to the mark.”

Rosie Mortimer

Working mostly on my own, I really appreciate the positive camaraderie of the Athena women. Whatever need or concern one has, there is always someone able, and enthusiastically willing, to help with good advice. I find the interaction tremendously stimulating and enjoyable - and highly instructive. A wonderful group to see regularly, with excellent opportunities to meet other interesting and skilled women at training days. Thank you Athena!

 

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