In my experience, networking is something people either love or loathe. Whether it be in-person, or online, some people just find it awkward or stressful – a bit too ‘peopley’.
But for those of us who love to meet new people, networking events are irresistible.
It’s certainly necessary to go into any networking situation with the right attitude. Depending on the purpose of the event, some folk like to go in with 60-second sales pitch, fully scripted and parrotted; they’re there with the sole purpose to gain new leads and potential sales. Now, don’t get me wrong, some events are set up with this as the purpose, but simply pitching at people all day isn’t going to amount to much other than a handful of people taking your business cards and adding you on LinkedIn. It feels forced, and this sort of event is the kind that those who loathe networking are completely put off by.
On the other hand, there are events that are set up to meet people in your industry or alike, as well as those who are interested in what you do. These types of events are a different kettle of fish entirely. These are the ones we love (as should you).
What’s to love about networking? That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? What are the benefits?
For starters, networking is such a good opportunity to meet like-minded people. It’s a great opportunity to forge new relationships with people in the same industry as you (as well as those outside of it).
Why would you want to get to know your peers? Surely they’re your competitors? Look at it from a different perspective. Your peers are in a prime position to understand exactly what challenges you yourself face. They understand entirely what your role encompasses. They know the highs and lows of what you do. They’ll likely share the same values as you and share the reasons you love what you do. That’s fabulous, isn’t it?
This is an opportunity to build a trusted support network, make some new business besties, champion and cheerlead one another. Not just that, it’s a chance to create collaborative opportunities, share knowledge and tips, and, more often than not, referrals too.
Hooray for networking; that’s what I say – who’s with me?
Leaders Connect offers all of the above and more. We also have two inspirational non-profit sector leaders, Carly Nieri and Julie Worrall, talking about their experiences of leading through the unexpected.
Leading through the unexpected is the theme, and I think that’s one we can all relate to.
So join us in Bristol on the 30th November 2022 to connect with fantastic leaders just like yourself.
For more info and booking, just click here
Have fun, meet new people, grow your network, and let’s lead together.