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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 07:32

What are good networking events?

Power Networking handshakeThat really depends on what benchmarks you use to determine what is good or not.

I have heard of some business people that say if you get more than two free drink tickets with your admission, then it is a good networking event. Some use the food as a measuring stick, assuming there is any food served.

If you are actively looking for prospects, a networking event that provides lots of people to work through, i.e. by sheer numbers, a larger event is more likely to be beneficial to you.

If you are an outgoing person and confident in your schmoozing and networking, any size of networking event will probably work for you.

If you are actively looking to expand your connectivity, without regard to amassing prospects, any size of a networking event would work. Chambers of Commerce, business associations, entrepreneur societies, can all be a source of networking opportunities.

Another couple good sources of local networking opportunities are Meetup & Eventbrite. Just search for Business or Networking.

If you are a shy networker, smaller, more organized events may be more to your liking. I don’t like the larger events. I don’t like being hit on by the sharks who are out to make a quick sale, not into developing a relationship. I have better luck in connecting with smaller networking opportunities.

If you would like to learn more about networking, whether shy or not, I would recommend by book Power Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly!

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