Networking for entrepreneurs and small business owners is a great opportunity to grow your professional support system and to plug into the community. Before you go to that next networking event, consider the following tips:
- Be Prepared: Think about who you want to meet at the event and have a plan. Reach out to people in your network attending the event and ask them to introduce you to those on your list. Think about what you want to say and develop an elevator pitch, tips provided by Business Know How.
- Be Easy to Talk to: Listen to learn and have a positive, upbeat attitude. Wait for the right opening to enter into others’ conversations.
- Be Ready to Follow Up: Once you’ve made a connection, don’t lose it. If you have business cards, make sure you bring them with you. Follow-up with promising contacts the following day by phone, email or LinkedIn. If you promise to provide something, do it.
- Making the Most of Social Media: Successful social networking demands professionalism, a heightened sense of self-awareness and value for those connecting with your platform. Check out these tips on how to make your small business social media savvy.
- Do your Research: Chattanooga has a lot of networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Chattanooga Chamber’s 12 Councils offer a variety of networking opportunities in multiple locations. ChattaNewbies helps people who have recently moved to Chattanooga connect with locals and business leaders.
Check out the Events Calendar for upcoming networking opportunities.