What is networking? Google’s definitions for “Networking” are:
In business networking events we find all three definitions represented. We meet the people that are there to exchange cards, tell others about their business; with little interest they may wait to hear what others have to say in order to complete the networking process, but they do not engage in conversations that elevate the connection into a lead.
In the second meaning of networking google’s dictionary talks about connecting computers to create a network, but that reminds me of the people that attend networking events but barely connect with anybody, they are just there for the purpose of exchanging cards in order to get people’s e-mail addresses to add them to their mailing list in order to establish that computer connection.
The third meaning of networking is what true business networking is all about. Business owners interacting with other people to discuss business topics, exchange information, acquire contacts; of course for the purpose of developing and growing their business. This type of business networking will definitely reap the benefits for the business as that connection will turn into a good lead that will refer others to the business and that may turn into a faithful customer one day.
The success of business networking depends on the mindset one develops as they approach networking events. To reap the benefits for the time spent at a business networking event one has to be authentic about meeting people, show interest to know more about other represented businesses, reflect clear objectives when exchanging cards, develop a business connection that is built on respect and a willingness to contribute knowledge and exchange referrals.
Is your business wasting time or reaping benefits during business networking events?
Small business owners spend time on the road going from one meeting to another trying to accommodate client’s geographic locations. At times these efforts may result in sales; while at other times, the result is just an introductory meeting or an information session that could have been done online.
Having a home office space helps enormously in keeping the costs low and the business organized and administered well, but it does not save on wasted travel time and gas when having to meet with clients. In addition, the shadow of not looking professional will follow the business and shake the business owner’s confidence in being able to meet client requirements. When does a small business owner start needing a physical office space outside their home? And is it worth investing in an office space?
Let’s look at the benefits for a small business to rent office space:
In this time and age, a business does not have to buy premises or rent a big space if they are just a handful of employees working for a company. Seek out office rental business hubs that provide the needed solutions for your business. Once a small business establishes office presence its relationship with its clients change. The client’s perception to the business transforms into a more confident and assured relationship that will last for years to come.