Million Dollar Connections: 5 Networking Tips Before your Next LadyBoss Event!

LadyBoss is kicking off 2017 with a bang! On 9th February we are sharing insights on “Building a Million Dollar Business” and you wouldn’t want to miss this!

Part of the event is networking opportunities with our guest panelists, women entrepreneurs and professionals. These are the 5 networking tips that might guide you in maintaining an engaging conversation and build powerful connections.

Ultimately, be present at the networking event! Observe what is happening and enjoy yourself.

#1 Be ready!

Just like going on a first date, you want to make a good first impression!  Similar to professional networking, put in the extra effort into getting yourself ready prior to the event.

Minimally, do research on the event, guest panelists, organisers, its attendees (yes, your competitors might be there, so suit up!) and be sure to dress appropriately. You might want to be punctual and top up extra business cards for circulation.

Ultimately, be present at the networking event! Observe what is happening and enjoy yourself.

If you are especially new to networking, break the ice with the following easy networking questions to start a conversation:

                   How did you become an entrepreneur?

                   What were you doing before starting your business?

                   What motivates you as an entrepreneur?

                   What’s the craziest request your client has ever asked you to do?

#2 Be YOU!

 Everyone is at their best when they are just themselves! Get comfortable in your own skin and just be YOU!

Be natural in manoeuvring conversations and your confidence will speak for itself. Avoid situations that might get you uncomfortable, (especially in events that serves alcohol and a spread of 7 course buffet… you might want to take it easy there) and lose your mojo!

Identify your key strengths and deliver an engaging conversation. You can relate to them better with touching base with their personal and professional interests. Be genuine in your conversations as a way to building a strong relationship!

Remember you don’t have to be a people pleaser … In professional relationships, sometimes it is a handshake at first sight!

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Communication is a two-way process, take time to code and decode conversations, because sometimes it is not all about you but the other party!

#3 Be an empathetic listener

 Yes, we all have been in that awkward conversations before when someone wouldn’t stop talking about the selling point of their product. If you intend into turning a networking event into a board of directors meeting – making sales pitches and year-on-year performance – you might have stepped with the wrong foot at the door.

Communication is a two-way process, take time to code and decode conversations, because sometimes it is not all about you but the other party!

Learn to listen empathetically, as it might be beneficial as you can learn something new and discover new business opportunities.

At your next networking event, try listening at the goal of learning something. Trust me, it pays to listen than talk at times!

#4 Be realistic with your networking expectation

 So there are 150 attendees at the event and your goal is to meet at least 90 of those women entrepreneurs!

Yes, it is possible if you just briefly just say hello and move on to the next person. But this is not speed dating!

Focus on in-depth conversations that might lead to future collaborations together. Depending on the duration of the event and the number of attendees, having a conversation with three to five people is reasonable and achievable (yes, your SMART goals into play here).

With establishing long-term connections, we all learnt the hard way which is, quality over quantity my friend.

Connect with them on professional networking platforms, like LinkedIn, to include them into your growing professional network. You might not work on any projects together anytime soon, but hey who knows in the future?

#5 Be proactive and follow up

Re-connect with the people you met on social media! Ladies, this is the time to put that stalking skills to use in your professional life. It is always good to follow up on conversations to explore any potential opportunities or to build a bigger professional connection.

Connect with them on professional networking platforms, like LinkedIn, to include them into your growing professional network. You might not work on any projects together anytime soon, but hey who knows in the future?

Your next connection might be that cocktail buddy you’ve been looking for, who knows!

You’ll never know who you’ll meet, especially at LadyBoss Event. Your next partner, freelancer, legal advisor, marketer might just be a conversation away!

Our next LadyBoss event is happening on the 9th of February. Limited spaces available, get your tickets now!

http://milliondollarladyboss.peatix.com

Written By

Shikin Hamid is Staff Writer for LadyBoss and a digital marketing executive for a fast-growing training company in Singapore. She studied Psychology and Human Resource and had stints in humanitarian, marine and automotive companies. In her spare time, you can find her whipping up delicious cuisines, swimming and travelling. She aspires to reach out to communities using social media platforms.

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