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How Networking Can Help Your Business - Articles Surfing

When you are in business, it goes without saying that everyday and everywhere is an opportunity for you to network with prospective clients as well as with business associates, and hand out your color business cards. Without discriminating those that can buy from you and those that are just there as contacts, networking can help you spread the word about your business. The more contacts you generate, the better it is for you to build stronger business relationships from your network.

Nevertheless, small businesses have yet to learn the skills associated with the art of networking. And yes, networking is an art that can be acquired and learned especially if one can invest the time and effort to study the skill.

Here are a few tips that you can use the next time you network for your business:

Tip 1 * Introduce yourself.

You may say that this one is moot and academic. But you'll be surprised to know that many business owners, even successful ones, find it a bit intimidating to approach prospective clients even just to greet them.

However, by introducing yourself, you not only break the ice but most importantly, you allow your target clients to see you as someone approachable and easy to talk to. You have to initiate the first move. Otherwise, you'll just end the event without having met anyone that might someday play a vital role in your success.

So when you are at a function, always remember to look for prospects and sit next to them instead of those you already know. The latter may be the safest way in any function, but you'll never be able to meet anyone new if you do that. The key is to get to know as many new people as possible.

Tip 2 * Always show that you*re interested.

When someone is talking to you, remember to hear him or her out. Show interest in what they are saying by letting them speak. And make sure that you look interested. No matter how boring the person you*re talking to or the conversation, never allow your mind to wander. The more you show interest to what your prospects are saying, the more they will listen to you when it's your turn to talk.

Tip 3 * Always welcome events and functions, and join them.

Networking means your having to participate in as many events or functions as possible. Do not avoid them. Even if you are tasked to deliver a speech, welcome the opportunity for you to be recognized. But avoid telling your audience what you do professionally. Sad to say, nobody's interested in that. It is better to talk about how the people can benefit from your business, and what you can do to solve their problems.

Tip 4 * ALWAYS BRING YOUR BUSINESS CARDS.

I can*t emphasize this enough. Your business card printing pieces are mandatory items in every networking opportunity you have. It should not be a new strategy anymore. As a business owner, you should know this already. Your color business cards, or even the standard black-and-white are vital tools in your marketing arsenal. In order for people to remember you, you got to have your business cards to hand out so your prospects can call you when the time comes that they need your business.

Your business cards are not only your identification that would help your prospects and leads remember you. Your cards are invitations for them to get in touch with you so you can build better business relationships with your clients.

Submitted by:

Lynne Saarte

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