Charmaine Mace – Twitter Hour

#AthenaBizHour

 

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. They will be available to answer your questions around their profession, and to offer fabulous advice and tips, that you can transfer to your own businesses.

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

On May 2nd 2016 we were joined by Charmaine Mace, Regional Director of The Athena Network and our ‘Networking Expert’. Here is a summary from Charmaine’s #AthenaBizHour

1 of 2 Be Prepared. Savvy Networkers always have their networking tools with them at all times. #Networkingtips

2 of 2 The Networking tool kit – an ample supply of business cards, name badge, collateral material, elevator pitch #AthenaBizHour
-I agree – A professional name badge is a great thing for #networking and business cards.
Arrive early. Savvy Networkers arrive early and have their business cards readily available

Have a plan! Savvy Networkers always have an idea of what the goal is for each event they attend

Be a Giver and/or a Connector. When you focus on “giving” and being helpful to others, the “getting” will come later
-@CharmaineMace I’ve found this time and time again – the more I give the more I receive

Leave your troubles behind. Put on a happy face at the door and remind yourself that it is “show time”

Listen with focus. When someone is speaking with you, give that person your entire focus. LISTEN

Be Genuine #AthenaBizHour #NetworkingTips

Follow up. After the event, send a thank you card to each person that you had direct contact with
-This is such a good idea… especially when you first start #networking

Be a networking star from start to finish: Start by showing up and finish by following up!

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