Don’t Waste Your Time on Networking Events

A networking event is not the opportunity for you to carry a sales pitch.

As much as we’re all in-touch digitally through the power of social media channels when Friendster and MySpace introduced a networking concept to us back in the early 90’s  to early 2000’s, we still can’t discount the fact that offline events are still a staple in connecting aspiring and successful professionals to grow your business.

There may be few who no longer see the use of attending such gathering or have already transcended from believing on networking events. Deliberating whether you should attend or not; my take will always be, GO.

 

Going to offline events and organizing a self-hosted networking event will give you the opportunity to connect with colleagues, like-minded individuals and potential clients. You might have fun too. Alongside to the fun, It gives you the privilege to step out of the four corners of your office. It’ll always be aa purposeful engagement.

As the saying goes: “fish where the fish are” and you’ll be able to pull in a help line on certain business proposals or collaborations when needed.

How would you make a networking event even more fruitful? Here are few strategies you might want to arrange:

Be the Host

Preparing your own event gives you the control over the attendees, the setting and how you’d like the engagement to turn out. You would want to contribute value and set objectives when you pull in people together.  Always put in consideration the fact that these engagement aims to develop relationships not just with prospective clients but also with those whom you’ve been or is working with.

With the objective in mind, choose an activity your existing clients will enjoy. It should be up to date and good reason for them to interact to one another regardless if they’re introvert or extrovert. Sharing the same passion will ignite the connection.

 

Indicate the program in the invitation, would there be any games? Something that would entice them to tag their friends along. Most professionals enjoys it when there are wine tastings and raffles to be given away.

 

Reunions

If it hasn’t occurred to your senses yet, the world revolves around the same circles. Eventually, one way or another, everyone are connected and can help on each other’s needs.  Organizing reunions allows you to reconnect with dormant ties – which are even more highly valuable than your current relationships. These people are the kind who loves success stories and would want to know how you’ve been since you bumped into each other. Alumni reunions are actually the best way to get-together, reconnect and inform them of what you’re now doing. Less awkward, more catching up.

 

The difference between hosting a professional event and reunions lies on the tactics on how you invite. Each professional event is more connecting to get to know people, deepen relationship with acquaintances and to purposeful business ties. However, with reunions, as you organize the engagement, you get to have quick calls to catch up and talk more on memorable past than sole professional interests.

Both strategies will allow you to deepen both existing and future relationships as you build new connections and broadening your reach. Always make these engagements fun and comfortable, this way, you’ll leave a lasting impression to be remembered by.

 

What urges you to attend networking events? Share your thoughts! 

 

 

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Expand your Network : Meet Opportunities half-way

Attending a Networking Event isn’t a soiree or another one of those hand-shaking “hello there, pleasure to meet you” parties; it’s neither just an event for swapping calling cards and resumes but it’s that perfect place on how you establish rapport and build a relationship that can lead to opportunities.

Signing up and being on site is only but the beginning of the networking process. Effective networking takes time and builds lasting relationships where both parties can help one another. You can’t just sit around holding a glass of whine wine and wait things to happen. You have to congenially get out there.

My first Networking Event with the core group of N.E.W (Network for Enterprising Women) at Echo Store, Serendra

If you’re an entrepreneur who’s earnestly passionate on your craft, expanding your network is one of those crucial events you’d have to attend to but being present on such get-together need not to require you to come out too strong wherein you’d be pitching in to every stranger that you meet.

How do you break the ice?

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What Network Marketing Isn’t

I have been curious about Network Marketing: Is it synonymous to Pyramiding? Is it Pyramiding?although I’ve witnessed tons of seminars and talks about such when I was in college, It never occurred to me to join into anything as it sounded “too good to be true” , another one of those scams you’ll regret after or thought (until presently) I’ll never be a seller or recruiter.

Being a Virtual Employee Means Being ProactiveOur generation are more capable to freelancing and being their own boss; majority of those who are in my circle are entrepreneurs or proprietors and Network Marketing certainly is one of the best advice they usually give me when starting up a business when you still don’t have the capital to actually make your own business structure or ample dough to whip and supply your own product.

After meeting two new young adults, as they discussed and showed their monthly income through the past year, it made me wonder on who they’ve become, what they are now doing and how they actually switched from having a day job, stopped accepting nocturnal shifts into their own boss who earns triple to quadruple than how much they actually earn being an employee of the industry they were in.

I can’t say that I’m already hopping into the umbrella of Network Marketing but after reading through the difference between “Pyramiding” and “Network Marketing”  , I’m one step knowledgeable than I was. I’m not as skeptical as I used to be.

For those of you who are questioning themselves about Network Marketing, may this post help you deplete those negative definition and give Network Marketing a Chance.  Again, there’s more research to be done but knowing and learning is a step towards clarity. It’s up to you if you’ll accept the challenge of being a Network Marketer.

This blog post clarifies the differences between network marketing and a “pyramid.” as discussed by Carolyn B Johnson (@Carolyn_Johnson)

What is a Pyramid?

A pyramid is a scheme where normally, there’s no product involved at all, just money changing hands — or if there is a product, it’s clearly there just to support a money game.

Pyramids are strictly a money game and have no basis in real commerce.  For example, pyramids are programs similar to chain letters where people just invest money based on the promise that other people will put in money that will filter back to each person that participate and somehow, they’ll get rich.  In short, it is a get-rich-quick scheme.   Just remember, if to looks too good to be true – it IS too good to be true.

There are many such programs in circulation today — so be careful when you are introduced to such a program — chances are it IS a Pyramid scheme!

What is Network Marketing?

Network marketing is a business model that is based on providing people with real, legitimate products they need and want at a fair price.  In network marketing a person buys into the concept of the product(s) offered, sponsor other people and teach those people how to sell the company product and those people sponsor others who duplicate the process.

This concept is called “leverage”…..  You can leverage your time and increase the number of hours of work effort on which you can be paid by sponsoring other people and earning income on their efforts, while at the same time they get paid for sponsoring and leveraging the efforts of others.  This is a win-win for all involved.

J. Paul Getty, who created one of the world’s greatest fortunes, said “I would rather make 1 percent on the efforts of 100 people than 100 percent on my own efforts.” This very basic concept is the cornerstone of network marketing.

By helping the people you personally sponsor to sponsor others, you duplicate yourself.  As this process continues, you create compound growth that can lead to hundreds or even thousands of people coming into your business.

Network marketing has proven itself as part of the new economy and is becoming a preferred way to do business here and around the world.  It is highly endorsed by Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and others as the new business model of the future.

Network marketing isn’t about taking advantage of friends and relatives. The primary goal is to share excellent products, services, and opportunities with people you know — family, friends and loved ones to help them improve their lives and future.

Sharing the products or services and the opportunity with people you know is still the basic foundation of the business, although today we see more people using sophisticated marketing techniques such as the Internet, conference calling and other long-distance sponsoring techniques to extend their network across the country.

In Summary

Don’t let questions about whether your network marketing opportunity is a pyramid cause you concern about whether your network marketing opportunity is legitimate.  Remember, if you have a solid product or service that customers might need or want your network marketing company is legitimate.