Here are a few reasons why we believe in networking and why we can personally attest to the benefits:
- WORD-OF-MOUTH RECOMMENDATIONS
The main purpose of networking is to drive word of mouth recommendations. The more people you know, the more people who are likely to be talking about your brand, driving awareness and increasing your profits.
- ENCOURAGING MENTORS
You never know what you could learn from someone else. Networking gives you a chance to meet potential mentors who could share their knowledge with you and inspire some of your best ideas!
- FINDING SUPPLIERS
All businesses will rely on suppliers for something – whether that’s manufacturing products, designing your website, writing copy for your website, recruiting staff or anything else. Networking helps you to come into contact with these people and build good professional relationships.
- UNDERSTANDING MARKET OPPORTUNITIES
You need to understand the market you’re dealing with in order to cater to it. When you network, other professionals within your field could introduce you to new markets – or different ways of looking at your current target market – that could prove beneficial for your business.
- NEW IDEAS AND INNOVATIONS
Every business is different and every business owner will come up with unique and innovative ways to keep their business moving in the right direction. Speaking to different people can help you to adapt others’ ideas and protocols into your own company.
- FINDING INSPIRATION
Most successful business owners naturally think outside of the box. Socialising with others who carry this mindset can lead to great ideas being born and brought to life. There’s no better place to find inspiration!
- IMPROVING YOUR COMMUNICATION
Communication is an essential skill for any business leader. Placing yourself in social situations will inevitably improve your communication and help you to feel more at ease in situations with other professionals.
- SHAKE THINGS UP
Business owners can get stuck in a rut. Doing the same thing week in and week out. Attending a networking can be the necessary shakeup that we all need from time to time, to get us refocused on what we do best.
- HELP TO REACH YOUR BUSINESS GOALS
Networking helps us focus on what’s important. We get to fine-tune our ‘elevator speech’ and in so doing, bring great focus and awareness to what our business is really all about.
- MAKING GREAT NEW FRIENDS
Sure, we like to prioritise business while networking. But you could meet some lifelong friends in the process!
Yvonne Taylor is known as Milton Keynes’s very own fairy godmother of networking.
Following her years of experience as a successful networker, Yvonne now runs not one, but three networking events in and around Milton Keynes.
Yvonne is also a member of the Federation of Small businesses (FSB) and therefore has access to its far-reaching networking arms across the country.
…and because of her extensive networking, there isn’t anyone Yvonne doesn’t know.
So, if you need something or someone to improve an area of your business or personal life, give Yvonne a call and she can put you in touch with the right person/product/service.
Call Now: 0800 2889 108
Better still… come along to one of Yvonne’s networking events and meet the people for yourself.