Networking business events are a fantastic marketing tool for start-ups, small, medium and large businesses alike.
Whether you're building your contact list, identifying referral partners, or sourcing and getting introductions to specific potential clients, it's important to constantly grow your Scottish business network, and find networking events that work for you. There are plenty of networking opportunities in Glasgow, and we bring together some of the best ones for you to try at the show.
Having even just a small business network can have a huge impact on your business, so why not try the Glasgow business meetups for free at Scotland's business event this November?
The 2019 Networking Companies
We bring together the best Glasgow business meetups and put them in one place for you to try out for free. They are such a valuable tool to ensure long term success, so it's important to find one that works for you so that you can get the most out of your time.
We're putting together another great batch of networking opportunities for you for 2019!
If you've always wondered 'where are the best networking opportunites near me?' then the Scottish Business Expo is the best place for you to 'try before you buy'. Meet with the country's most ambitious business directors, managers and decision makers in facilitated, relaxed sessions, and talk to experienced networkers about which events they recommend, whether you're looking to network in Glasgow, network in South Scotland, or across the country.
Simply register for free to visit the expo, and then simply turn up on the day to discover the best Glasgow networking events!
How To Network
Unless you're one of those lucky people to whom skilled networking comes naturally, have a read of the key tips below to make sure you're getting the most out of your networking sessions!
The idea is to build relationships and trust with others, and see how you can help them, not to sell yourself to everyone you meet. A network that trusts you and likes you will do business with and refer work to you.
Think of a short, snappy couple of sentences that sum up what you do so that introductions are effiecient and confident. Prepare some open-ended questions that you can ask to start a conversation. Perhaps memorise some key client testimonials or recent accomplishments if the conversation does become more serious.
It sounds obvious, but when you ask someone something, or they're introducing themselves, listen carefully to what they say. Make notes subtly once the conversation has finished if you need, so that next time you speak to them they will appreciate you listening well.
Be a conversationalist
Make good eye contact and use the other person's name. Show a genuine interest in them, and they will do the same. Ask questions based on what they say, and talk about whatever feels natural. Use open ended questions where you can to help conversation flow.
Don't feel the need to give your business card to everyone you speak to, just give it to the people that ask for it.