small business networking

5 Common Mistakes When Networking

5 Common Mistakes When Networking

Believe it or not, the art of networking is a skill. A skill that needs to be honed and polished with time invested in order to get your desired results. That result could be an unpublished job that has your name on it or the deepening of business relationships for future business opportunities or simply you want to surround yourself with like-minded individuals who can help you move forward personally or professionally. Whatever your reason for networking it can certainly work for you. But there are five common mistakes we make when networking which reduces the power of in-person relationship building: 1. No clear focus of what you are trying to achieve Ultimately what is your end goal. What are you trying to achieve? You have to build this into a plan. A plan you can commit to which outl... »

Modern-Day Mentorship: How it Can Help Your Small Business

Modern-Day Mentorship: How it Can Help Your Small Business

Once deemed as necessary to achieve successful career growth, the concept of a mentoring programme hasn’t really changed over the years; yet still we find many businesses no longer using them. In the past, a hierarchy system was the norm; however, in this day and age, our approach to forming new relationships with other business professionals has changed. Be that as it may, at CV-Library, our recent survey revealed that 94.1% of UK workers still believe that having someone they can receive guidance from is beneficial to career progression. Yet, less than a quarter of employees have actually been offered any form of mentoring by their employer, indicating this is no longer a priority to businesses. So if mentorships aren’t what they used to be, why are they still relevant in today’s world? ... »

How to Make Your Business Stand Out at Events

How to Make Your Business Stand Out at Events

Networking is one of the best ways for small and medium enterprises to spread their message, develop contacts and also boost their profile. Unfortunately, it’s easy to be swallowed up by the noise of hundreds of other companies all competing for attention. Here are some tips to help small business owners boost their company’s profile, create a lasting impression and make some valuable network contacts. Get your networking etiquette right First and foremost you need to make sure your actual presence at a business event makes a difference. To accomplish this, stick to the following: Arrive early: You’ll be able to break the ice with other early arrivals and possibly create relationships before the event even starts. The early bird catches the worm! Be polite: Listen more than you talk ... »

Small Business Networking: Network Effectively

The ability to create and maintain strong professional relationships is an important key to business success. Networking is the vital business skill that lets you cultivate lasting business relationships and create a large sphere of influence from which you can find new clients, contacts, referrals and opportunities. These are the steps to cultivating long lasting business relationships: Clarify your objectives and then make a plan: you can’t form special relationships with everyone so you have to be selective. Go to business events, conferences, training days, exhibitions and any event where business people are gathered. You won’t build a lasting network from your office desk. A trade exhibitions website is a good events listing source. Be prepared when you go out to meet new ... »