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The Athena Network Twitter Hour

The Athena Network host a weekly Twitter Hour on Monday’s from 8-9pm. To get involved with the chat you are able to follow by using the hashtag #Athenabizhour.

Each week will feature an expert in their field or a focused Networking & Strategy Topic . It is a fabulous forum to ask and answer each others questions around the topic or profession, share advice tips and testimonials.

It is also a great opportunity to connect with fellow members, Regional Directors and visitors from around the UK and beyond.

The topic for this week’s Twitter Hour was ‘Planning For Open Networking’, with the festive months fast approaching there will be plenty of opportunities to attend large networking events.  Our followers provided us with some great tips and ideas on how to do approach this events.

#athenabizhour Talking about prepping for open networking events this evening

@networkbarefoot Good evening Carolynne ready to go with a discussion about open networking, particularly for festive season
yes 1) think about who will be there

@PinpointMktg be prepared with cards and any material and also with your answer to “what do you do?” #athenaBizHour

@carolynnespence plan the journey home are you joining in festive cheer or sticking to a cup of tea

@networkbarefoot Now that is an excellent point! Always be safe

@networkbarefoot Open networking events can get very busy! Key is to prepare in advance

@networkbarefoot My top tip for open networking is to be clear about why your attending. Aside from the practicality you attract contacts #athenabizhour

-@PinpointMktg Exactly. Know your “why” for the event

@networkbarefoot Practice your graceful entrance and gracious exit! Don’t get stuck in the corner

@AthenaNorthOx As with any event, be clear as to what your objectives are for attending – any specific connections? #AthenaBizHour

@PinpointMktg entering into a conversation of huddled ladies can be difficult. I loiter and smile and eventually slide my way in #AthenaBizHour

There is an art to it isn’t there? Gently sliding in works well

@alisonjpurves I think setting a goal is important when open networking
-Yes absolutely! You can review for the next time; worth it yes/no? Also keeps focus #AthenaBizHour
-But I do think an open networking event needs more than 1 attendance, as with all networking, its about relationship building @alisonjpurves
– @AthenaWLondon Absolutely Alison – Athena’s networking training prepares us well for this #AthenaBizHour

@AthenaNorthOx Give yourself plenty of time to get to the venue #AthenaBizHour

@AthenaNetworkMK I’ve a confession: not been to many open networking events that I’ve enjoyed. Looking for lots of tips today

Honestly, they are not my favourite style of networking. I love structure which is why I need to prepare #AthenaBizHour

@PinpointMtkg Suss out the venue so you know where to park etc so you aren’t late
-True! All of the #AthenaNetwork RD’s advise where to park etc so that there are no surprises #AthenaBizHour big difference

@carolynnespence ration yourself too much may not be quality and over tiring

@AthenaWLondon Also if you’re wearing a name badge, don’t forget to hand it in when you leave. How many times?!? #redfaced

Have you got a tip for attending opening networking events? Share with us now during #AthenaBizHour

@ColourFirstTry and allow some time after, I.E. try not to have to dash off. I’ve had some brilliant 121s spontaneously after an event
@PinpointMtkg Good tip Jo! #athenabizhour Plus take your diary for booking in 1to1’s
@ColourFirst Wear your brightest and most “bodacious” colours – you’ll be remembered for it ?

@PinpointMtkg I went to a new client. No Parking! So I asked to park in a near Church if I gave a donation!

@AthenaWLondon Be sure to introduce yourself to the event organiser. They can help steer you if you’re looking for someone in particular

Scan the delegate list if available to see who you would like to meet then ask for an intro to said person on arrival #AthenaBizHour
-Such a good tip. Creates a focus even if it takes a while to find them!

@CedarBSS Something I am slowly learning about networking is to set myself clear times. I talk too much. Haha #athenabizhour
-@alisonjpurves As my Mum would have said, God gave you 1 mouth & 2 ears, use them in proportion #AthenaBizHour

@CedarBSS A tip I use is to write notes on biz cards so when I get home I can prioritise my follow ups. Open networking can be busy
@PinpointMtkg Definitely, always follow up! I always do and it’s so important. If you don’t it can be very damaging #athenabizhour

@AthenaWLondon Think of 2 or 3 short examples of work you’ve recently done to help illustrate what it is you do when someone asks.

listen well you might be able to connect someone else even if no
– I find my primary objective when I go to events is “how can I serve members” same as @AthenaOxford

@AthenaNorthOx I always have my members in the back of my mind, could I connect them to this person?


Key Points From Previous Twitter Hours

Read Nicole Martin from PinPoint Marketing’s follow up here

Read ‘The Confidence Expert’ Linda Huckle’s follow up here

Read Jessica Staniforth from ATE Social Media’s follow up here

Read Ann Burton ‘The Resilience Expert’ here

Read Jo Baldwin-Trott ‘The Colour & Styling Expert’ here

Read Jacqueline Rogers ‘The MasterMind Expert’ here

Read Sarah Doyle ‘The Outsourcing & Streamlining Expert’ here

Read Charmaine Mace ‘The Networking Expert’ here

Read Rachel Tombs ‘The LinkedIn Expert’ here

Read Rachel Maunder ‘The Workshop Expert’ here

Read Delia Zanatta ‘The Flexible Working Expert’ here

Read Jean Wolfe ‘The Blogging Expert’ here

Read ‘Scheduling & Managing 1-2-1’s’ here

Read ‘Growth & Development In Business’ here

Read ‘Leadership’ here

Read ‘Business Boundaries’ here

Read Natalie Luckham ‘Social Media Expert’ here

Read Sonia Grimes ‘Nutritional Expert’ here

Read ‘Planning For Open Networking’ here

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