YOU CAN NETWORK EVERYWHERE
You can build relationships in a shop, church or even sauna, BUT there are so many networking opportunities in the UK as most towns and cities will have both informal and formal business meetings.
There is no denying that a strong reason for investing time in networking is to develop business opportunities for yourself or your business. The difference is that your approach should be firstly about building and growing relationships and from this the opportunities will develop and present themselves.
Since the dawn of time, we have been better able to achieve things by working with those around us. Networking provides an opportunity to develop a strong community that works together to help everyone achieve positive results. This abundance mentality will help lead you to success.
You can find lot of local networking groups, however I have compiled a small list of national organizations that you can find in your own region.
BNI – http://www.bni.co.uk/
BNI stands for Business Networking International and is a successful referral organization with hundreds of local “chapters”. I have been a member of one of the groups in Manchester region so I am happy to share my personal feedback about BNI and how it works, just check my blog http://lifenetworker.com/bni-meetings-should-i-pass-or-should-i-go/
4Networking – www.4networking.biz
You can choose from 5000 relaxed, fun and friendly business networking events each year. I have had a pleasure to attend these groups on several occasions and I really enjoyed three 10-minute 1-2-1 business appointments at each meeting. The other great thing about “4N” is that any member can attend any group in the UK.
British Chambers of Commerce – www.britishchambers.org.uk
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is a dynamic and independent business network with 52 accredited Chambers of Commerce with national coverage. BCC is representing thousands of businesses of all sizes and sectors. There is lots of interesting features for members and there are also networking events where non-members can attend as well.
Federation of Small Businesses – www.fsb.org.uk
The FSB is the biggest small business organization which offers its members a wide range of business services including legal advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government.I have had a pleasure to attend and co-organize many cross cultural events supporting migrant businesses, check www.asbironationaltour.co.uk
There are variety of professional groups and trade shows that you may choose to attend, both locally and nationally.
In basic terms, NETWORKING is about talking to people. It’s that simple. However, it’s how well you do the talking and how structured you are in your approach that will determine your success in business networking.
It’s up to you how much time and effort you put into it, but it’s something you need to consider now because if you only decide to start networking once your sales drop or you need a job then you will be too late.
Enjoy your networking trips!