For some, the word networking conjures up images of large groups of people in suits, standing around in hotel function suites, exchanging business cards. That still happens of course, but platforms such as LinkedIn and online or virtual events have expanded the networking field exponentially...
Networking may be technically defined as ‘developing and maintaining a network of business contacts’ but in practice it’s about meeting people, building relationships, improving your knowledge and gathering information. It's also considered by many as the most effective way of finding opportunities.
For many people, the ultimate purpose of networking is to generate new business by finding potential new business partners and obtaining word-of-mouth referrals, recommendations and introductions. However, networking can also help to:
It can take a number of months to develop business relationship and alliances, so it is important to have a plan for when and how to follow up with new contacts in order to encourage further meetings or invitations to events.
Successful, sustainable networking is predicated on reciprocity, or put another way, apply the sales negotiation principle of ‘you gotta give to get'. People will remember you if you engage with your network often, not just when you need something. Offering advice, comment, information and support will make you memorable.
We’ll have XFE Ambassadors, beneficiaries, business-owners from the military community, partners, and finalists from the prestigious Soldiering On Awards! Our 2022 Awards finalists will experience for the first time the camaraderie and professional rewards that regular attendees of Military in Business® events have come to expect.
This promises to be 90 fantastic minutes of networking and knowledge exchange, interspersed with some top-notch military banter!
As with all XFE events, attendance is free of charge but places are limited – so don’t delay, reserve your free place now.
For some, the word networking conjures up images of large groups of people in suits, standing around in hotel function suites, exchanging business cards. That still happens of course, but platforms such as LinkedIn and online or virtual events have expanded the networking field exponentially…
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