Monthly Archives: September 2012

4Networking: My Experience Over The Last Year

How to get the most out of 4Networking?

I have been a member of 4Networking for over a year and my experience is based primarily on the London area. I have also been a team member currently Marketing Assistant at Gloucester Road, SW7, London

People often ask me what 4Networking is. Its business breakfast networking and its fab! I am a big fan of the structure including the passport.

Use your 4Networking Passport and give 4sights

It certainly raises your profile- giving 4sights to other business owners in many ways. It also helps develop your ideas and understand what people are interested in.

4sights are short presentations to 4Networking Groups, over 300 groups currently in UK.

Practice your elevator pitch-

One of the best pieces of advice about elevator pitches is to offer thanks during your presentation to create a more effective presentation

Follow up!

When I joined 4Networking I was expecting to see the same people again and again. Yes you do see some of the same people again, although sometimes people move onto other groups, sometimes outside of your area, or there membership expires so its essential to follow up!

Get involved-

One of the easiest ways is to become a team member, or use the forum. I am not a regular on the foum, so this is not my expertise.

Follow on twitter

Use #4n, #4networking

In summary over the last year, I discovered follow up is essential at 4Networking just like at any other networking group and take advantage of 4sights.

Hope this has been of use.

Which Neworking Event To Attend

I network at least on average once a week, often more than this. One of the common questions is which are the best events to attend.

It depends on many factors. I personally prefer structured networking such as 4networking or speed networking rather than open networking. |

I do attend open networking events also.

If I do attend open networking events there has to be a good reason- is there a presentation at the meeting- possibly I want to hear the Speaker or the topic.

Is it sponsored? Networking can be an expensive business and you could spend £1,000s of pounds at networking events so sponsored events may be a factor.

Social proof- Has someone recommended that I attend the event or possibly a lot of people have booked for the event. Sometimes this recommendation about an event may lead me to attending an event although I have discovered that sometimes these events are not my preferred events. So just because someone has recommended doesn’t mean that you will get benefit from the event.

If its your first time at a particular networking group, is there a way to connect with attendees beforehand and make comunication. This can be very useful, so you have built a relationship before you have attended the event.

Does it work for your diary? Sometimes there can be fab events- although does it fit the diary. Sometimes you may be heading to an evening event then a morning event. One off this is fine, on a regular basis maybe not.