Successful Business Networking In 3 Simple Steps
By James Kupe
The key to any successful business is in creating relationships with like-minded individuals. More often than not, business owners who network together recommended clients to each other. The more supportive relationships you make, the higher the chances of a potential client walking through your door.
Most business owners don’t network enough, and they blame the fact that they are too busy with the day-to-day management of their businesses. The 3 steps below will help you to get more out of business networking without it having to take up too much of your time.
1 . Support Other Business Owners
When speaking with fellow business owners, you must show them how you can support their company. During the initial meeting ask as many questions as possible to show that you are genuinely interested in their service. Provide them with valuable information by discussing different tactics, business strategies, and suggestions. This alone will make a person want to support your business as well, but help them out even more.
2. Keep Your Business Message Simple
You don’t want to confuse anyone with your complicated objectives, keep it simple so it is easy to explain. Most importantly, if your business goals are too complicated to explain then people will probably assume your business is unorganized and not worth mentioning to clients.
3. Try To Do The Majority Of Your Business Networking Online
The community based around LinkedIn has grown extremely quickly over the last 3 years, and is now one of the best networking opportunities of all time. If you are a business owner, sales person or you are self-employed, Linkedin is a gold mine of potential opportunities. Spend some time on the site and you’ll start to see them everywhere. Offline networking meetings (BNI, Toastmasters, Chambers Of Commerce) can still important places to meet potential partners, but Linkedin is a terrific time saver for getting in touch with people, especially for that vital first contact.
Growing Your Business Into The Future
Your immediate goal should be to put together a crystal clear description of what your business is and does, and then go out and meet business owners with similar interests so you can start referring clients to each other. Successful business networking is an simple but important way to grow your business, get more sales, and make more money.
Networking with other business owners is only one of the functions required to successfully build a business. This 17 Commandments Review goes through many of the other things you should be focus on too. The 17 Commandments of IM program takes you through all of the important steps in creating a profitable online or offline business. You can learn more here.