As you go forward with networking, you can become more specific about the kinds of events that you’re going to, and the kind of people you’re meeting. You don’t have to go to things that are advertised as networking events, and in fact it’s probably better to limit your attendance to once a month at these kinds of mass unstructured networking events like your local chamber meetings .
This is because these kinds of events often comprise start-up businesses and owner-operator businesses with small budgets. If those people are your target market, then that’s fine and this type of networking event will clearly benefit you.
Understanding your target customer is important, but you then need to spider-web it out and keep on networking with new people to increase your circle of influence. There could be a tug on any of the threads.
Generally speaking, if you’re looking to create links with industries outside the one you work in, there will be associate memberships available. For example, the South Australian Tourism Council offers professional membership to people in other industries. Social Media AOK is a professional member of the SA Tourism Council, which means that we can go and mix with all the tourism businesses, which is great, because they’re one of our key client segments.
It is easy to get distracted by all the noise in the business world at large but jump day is your chance to settle in and work on your business and this season on your networks in ways that allow you to make the most of your opportunities today, tomorrow and forever.
IBGR is a global community of commerce committed to your success and our programming is designed to give you the tools and resources as well as the one percenters you might be missing So buckle up because it's time to take an objective look at whether or not you are truly a centre of influence on playing in the outfield.
Show Objectives - The Why
Understanding how to measure the success of your efforts is a critical aspect of relationship based selling and building robust networks.
A strategic approach will drastically increase your chance of success so today we are going to take a look at just how you can set both activity KPI’s and follow up KPI’s for your team that are SMART and keep both the team and the organisation on track for success.
Key Issues - Owner Perspective:
What You Need to Know - What we will be covering
A strong network of peers and business contacts is a key success factor for small companies. Research shows that thriving entrepreneurs rely heavily on their networks for sales, problem solving, hiring and finding vendors and other resources. By spending time mapping out your plan for the organisation and for the team you are better able to communicate the “why” of networking as well as gaining clarity around the desired outcomes and how you will measure them.
What you need to do today
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Written by Simone Douglas
The Publican & Licensee of the Duke of Brunswick Hotel, Executive Director for BNI Adelaide North one of the biggest networking organisations in the world, the driving force behind South Australia’s leading social media agency, Social Media AOK and best-selling author with her first book “Seriously Social – turning your online game into real-world gain”. and “The Confident Networker”
Simone also serves as Deputy President of the State Chapter Committee South Australia for the Franchise Council of Australia and sits on the Franchise Advisory Council for BNI Australia
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