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Being a winner!

I know I should blog more often. Yes I know. I have attended more blogging events than created my own posts.

Which blogging events- mostly those run by the superb Andy Bargery and Bernie Mitchell. Have a look http://www.meetup.com/londonbloggersmeetup/

Over the last few days after Wednesday’s event I wondered exactly what I should write about. This was the largest event I have run and discovered many things on the journey.

One thing though that I discovered is about winning.

I won much support from my sponsors and strategic partnerships that evening. My sponsors if your wondering that evening were David Salmon and Phil J Anderson

My strategic partnerships that evening included Property Investor Toolkit , the Coach with the Hat (aka Elliot Kay) and Your Property Network

This blog post though isn’t really about me. Yes that’s correct.

On the evening of my big events I usually give away a prize- the prize on the evening was a bottle of cava.

Was it really the prize- no! Was it meant to be the only prize- yes! So what happened. I’m not sure- is the simple answer. Yes I know what happened on the evening- although why I choose that decision I don’t know.

I asked our winner Jonathan Ambrose to make a short elevator pitch. Jonathan That elevator pitch he made was more important possibly than any other on the night if not this year.

Apart from Jonathan being a winner on the evening- both the Cava which is probably not life changing- unless you drink it in one go- certainly the opportunity to give an elevator pitch to a room packed full of potential customers and strategic partnerships is.

Also after the event I have sent a couple of messages on twitter, mentioned him on my facebook status updates, now writing this blog and elsewhere.

By the way just a short profile of his company. ThePropertyBid.com is a UK property auction retail site. Landlords / Letting Agents upload their available properties and potential tenants bid on how much they are prepared to rent the properties for. At the end of the auction the Landlord / Letting Agent has their property rented (potentially at a higher rental sum than the original asking amount) and the new tenant has a new home!

What made Jonathan a winner is that he took action. Normally at the large meetings I have a champagne bucket. Not every bothers to put their business card into the champagne bucket because they don’t want champagne. Yes but resisting champagne what else are you saying no too. I am talking about on the evening with re: to this blog. Although outside of this eventwhat opportunities are you missing

Jonathan’s picture is below.

Celebrating

Over the course of the extended holiday break we are celebrating (or many of us) the lifetime achievements of the Queen.

How often do we celebrate the lifetime achievements of our businesses?

I have to admit I am not the best one in celebrating my successes. Most of us live in an environment where we celebrate things around us?

Even if all of our business goals have not been reached this does not mean we still can’t celebrate.

I suppose the only time we may celebrate is during Awards ceremonies. How often do we put ourselves into awards events.

I don’t know any specific awards ceremonies for Networking Event Companies for example. It is all too easy to look at goals- although there must be something in our businesses that we celebrate.

I will be hosting an event later in the year about celebrating- it maybe a workshop or it maybe just a networking event.

What Is The Best Time Of Day To Network?

I read recently an article about when was the best time of day to network? I wrote this piece in response to reading this and also the fact that one of my major networks-4networking has opened an evening element.

Personally it doesn’t matter for me when the event is on, I like morning, lunch and evening events. What is more important to me is the style of networking. I much prefer structured networking sessions like 4Networking, National Alliance of Business Owners, Speed Networking rather than meet people in a room over a glass of wine or a coffee.

So for me when I look at the events which take place- I look at what structured events are taking place. Many evening events focus on the speaker- so if the speaker or the topic is something I want to hear this is an influence and also if I have been to the meeting beforehand (ie if its a regular monthly or bi-monthly event).

So to summarise I am looking forward to attending 4Networking events this coming year which are both in the evening and daytime. In some respects I prefer lunchtime and evening events in the sense I am not a earlybird- particularly when you take into account travel.

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.

Investing

Cashflow Games Evening based on the work of Robert Kiyosaki- author of Richdad Poordad- further details click here

This is just a short list of group meetings which I have attended- I would highly advise having a look atmeetup.com

You will notice most of these groups are based solely in the London area. Do you have any recommendations for London meetings?
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Places I will be networking and learning in November

November will be a busy month, as December is usually a quiet month

The following are places where I will be networking

1) Internet Week- There are likely to be over 100 events during Internet Week. I am hosting an event during internet week. Check out http://socialmediaiw.eventbrite.com/

The event I am organising will be on Tuesday 8th November at 4pm

I also will be attending other events during Internet Week so check out http://internetweekeurope.com/ Highlight of the week for me is the presentation by David Soskin at Central on Wednesday evening

2) 4Networking- I will be presenting at several 4Networking events and every time I speak I am also learning. Check out http://www.4networking.biz/Events/Details/22282

3) Cashflow Games Evening- The next meeting will be on Tuesday 8th November

learning does not necessarily have to be through presentations, it can be through games, check out http://cashflownovember.eventbrite.com/

Normally my Cashflow Games Evening have presentations before the game.

4) Business Growth Show- November 4th- check out http://thebusinessgrowthshow.co.uk/

5) Wandsworth Property Networking- check out http://wandsworthpropnetworknov.eventbrite.com/

This Property Meet takes places on the 24th November with keynote presentation by David Sandeman (arguably the definitive commentator on UK auctions) who will be presenting on Finding great deals at Auction – and how to buy them

There are hundreds if not thousands of events so enjoy November!

Business Cards!

Business Cards

1) Keep business cards handy- its amazing the times when you need a business card- just remember to make sure your cards are kept clean

2) Consider what information needs to be on business cards- ie in terms of social media- which are the most useful channels to communicate with you

3) Replace with a new card if there is a change of info on the old card. Do not scribble on a business card to replace the info.

4) Utilise your business card with a photo of yourself

5) Be aware of when you are nearly out of business cards
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Places I will be networking and learning in November

November will be a busy month, as December is usually a quiet month

The following are places where I will be networking

1) Internet Week- There are likely to be over 100 events during Internet Week. I am hosting an event during internet week. Check out http://socialmediaiw.eventbrite.com/

The event I am organising will be on Tuesday 8th November at 4pm

I also will be attending other events during Internet Week so check out http://internetweekeurope.com/ Highlight of the week for me is the presentation by David Soskin at Central on Wednesday evening

2) 4Networking- I will be presenting at several 4Networking events and every time I speak I am also learning. Check out http://www.4networking.biz/Events/Details/22282

3) Cashflow Games Evening- The next meeting will be on Tuesday 8th November

learning does not necessarily have to be through presentations, it can be through games, check out http://cashflownovember.eventbrite.com/

Normally my Cashflow Games Evening have presentations before the game.

4) Business Growth Show- November 4th- check out http://thebusinessgrowthshow.co.uk/

5) Wandsworth Property Networking- check out http://wandsworthpropnetworknov.eventbrite.com/

This Property Meet takes places on the 24th November with keynote presentation by David Sandeman (arguably the definitive commentator on UK auctions) who will be presenting on Finding great deals at Auction – and how to buy them

There are hundreds if not thousands of events so enjoy November!

Where to Network

I am often asked where to network- more about the different networking events rather than the networking strategy- although that is important also.

Places I look at for general business networking events are as follows:

1) Meetup.com

2) Linkedin

3) Find Networking Events

4) Facebook

5) Twitter- actively search using #networking and specific location- ie London

6) Business scene

7) Eventbrite

8) Plancast

There are many other places, which places do you find most useful

Networking Equipment for Offline and Online

1) Literature- Business Cards- ideally carry two sets of business cards.

Yes there are other pieces of literature- you can bring along

http://businessnetworking.com/do-you-have-the-right-materials-for-a-successful-word-of-mouth-campaign/

Make sure your networking cards are well protected- does not need to be in an expensive case

2) Map- A-Z or if you are an iphone user google maps

3) Pens- so you can make notes, ideally some paper also.

4) Diary- whether hard copy or digital- its always worth planning your diary for the month ahead

5) Apps-

For iphone users I find meetup.com an invaluable tool. Also twitter- when you are at meets there is often a hashtag for the event.

With regard to twitter I find using hootsuite invaluable-I use the streams to find out what events are coming up in my local area. Details of streaming visit http://blog.hootsuite.com/new-hoottip-for-sxsw-keyword-and-search-streams-in-hootsuite/

Personally I don’t find card scanner apps useful, although I am sure there must be some on the market which are good.

6) Keep account of your networking expenditure and any income- Kashflow

7) Using a email marketing platform- ie for example constant contact

8) An open mind- possibly the most important thing to bring along to a business networking event

This is just a handful of networking equipment. What is your most important piece of equipment to bring along?