5 Tips to Network like a Pro

networking 2A good network is invaluable. It can help amplify your company’s message, connect you to the right services, and offer a support system during what may be trying times as an entrepreneur. With that being said, it can also be a challenge to network effectively and bring the right people into your circle. Check out the 5 tips below to get started!

  1. Set a goal: Before you do anything, decide what it is you would like to get out of the networking session. Are you looking for a service provider? Possible partnerships? A mentor? Having a goal can help focus your efforts and identify who to follow-up with.
  2. Embrace your company story: Use your value proposition to stand out from the crowd. A founding story that includes a clear value proposition and a little emotion can go a long way in helping other remember you long after the event.
  3. Give more than you take: Listen to your fellow entrepreneur/professionals needs and offer a suggestion, possible connection or some future reading on the subject matter. This will not only give you a reason to follow-up and stay connected, but also create a foundation for a supportive working relationship.
  4. Follow through: Everything you do is a reflection on your company’s brand. If you promised to follow-up with a contact make sure you do. This establishes your credibility and creates a stronger foundation for any bigger ask you might have down the road.
  5. Be professional: As with any interaction, remember to have your manners on full display.

Ready to try out some of these suggestions?  Visit the Halton Small Business Centre for upcoming events or our toolbox’s Networking Forms to find some local groups!

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