Networking – what is it exactly?

Some people think it’s just an opportunity for a natter and a hot meal – especially people who work on their own. This, for sure, is one of the reasons why I network. Since becoming self employed I miss the noise and bustle of a busy office and I’ve met some fantastic people through networking, who have become friends as well as business contacts.

The Business Dictionary gives this excellent definition of networking: “Creating a group of acquaintances and associates and keeping it active through regular communication for mutual benefit. Networking is based on the question ‘How can I help?’ and not ‘What can I get?’.

It is easy to spend a small fortune on networking and hard to evaluate the ROI for your business, so it’s important to get the most out of every meeting you attend.

Following these Top Tips can help you get the most out of your networking.

4.  Keep your business cards to hand

Keeping your business cards to hand rather than in your handbag or on the table means that as soon as someone asks for your card, or you wish to offer your card to a new contact, you don’t have to disappear off. As you gather business cards, it’s often useful to write on the cards which meeting you met the contact at and the date. This will help with your follow up (see Tip 8 which will follow later).

I organise a number of networking events and send regular updates of upcoming events to my mailing list. If you would like to be added to the mailing list please email me at

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