Did you start a new job, move to a new town, or a new country? Where can you meet business people or potential clients? Follow some of these tips, and you’ll be on your way.
This online networking site is good for making business contacts. If you are new to LinkedIn, go through your current contacts. Search for their names on the site and send them a request. Make sure you write a personal note. Find tutorials and classes on YouTube if you have trouble.
There are Meetups for every hobby or interest. There are also many for business and networking. Spend some time looking through the group members and see if there are people you want to meet. If you work for a bank, and there are five bankers in the group, look for another group. Unless it’s a group for bankers!
A lead is access to something or someone. A leads group is where members meet one time every week and share contacts with each other. Only one person per industry (banking, insurance, etc.) is invited to attend. Some groups have a national affiliation like BNI, and some are local. Members must attend commit to the weekly meetings and bring leads. This can be difficult, but rewarding.
Chamber of commerce
A chamber of commerce helps companies grow and advocates for their interests. There are many opportunities to get involved. The more active you are, the more people you will meet. Join a committee, attend a networking event, or become an event sponsor. There are small, local chambers, as well as larger county and state chambers.
Are you passionate about causes like animals, heart disease, or homelessness? Find a charity and get involved! They always need help. Your focus will be on charity, but you will also meet a lot of people with the same interests. Build friendships, and perhaps they will become clients.
Many cities have business journals (aka magazines). Get a subscription and start with the news. See what new businesses are starting or expanding, and keep up with the who has been promoted or hired. Business journals also offer networking opportunities. There may be speakers at the events, which will allow you to learn something new while meeting people.
When you meet someone new, this is a good time to practice your elevator pitch; a few words that describe who you are and what you do. For tips on how to create one, read our blog!