On March 18, Network808 held a networking luncheon at Wolfgang Steakhouse Waikiki with 40+ Hawaii business professionals and I personally met at least 10 “newcomers” to our group.
What do I say? What do I talk about? What do I not include? How do I make it clear and compelling? How do I stop myself from waffling on – or worse, freezing up?
We’ve introduced a new activity to set up and practice your 45-second pitch. The goal of networking is to engage in a conversation that starts a solid business relationship, both at the meeting and following up afterwards. The only purpose of a short introduction is to only create awareness, stimulate engagement, and get to a next step — for the other person to learn more about how your business can help them.
You only have seconds to get people to care about you and your business. The best introductions are natural, repeatable, and targeted. Make every word count and give your audience something that will stick with them. Speak to the unique results you provide by starting with a short statement designed to peak curiosity. Highlight the problems your ideal prospects have that you solve much better than your competition.
Keep it short. When you try to stuff a lot into your introduction your message will get muddled. Have a call-to-action. Finish strong. Let people know what the next step is. Invite them to learn more or even ask if they know others who need your product or service.
We encourage our member to go out there, set meetings and follow-up with business professionals they met at our networking event. Be consistent and build stronger relationships together.
Here’s what some of our attendees said:
I had a great time at the lunch event you hosted. I thought it was organized and facilitated well. I definitely felt it was structurally organized for an effective networking event and made use of the short time that we each carve out in our day. – Tomoka Kajihiro, Inkinen & Associates
Thank you for your commitment in helping small business owners network. Without your hard work and commitment, there wouldn’t be any networking events to help grow my business. I look forward to attending other Network808 events. – Rick Mikami, Global Internet Entrepreneur
I enjoy the setting and the way you and Gina coordinate the whole event. You guys rock! What I find value about these networking events, is to Get known and getting to know people within the island. Get connected on a fun and proactive atmosphere. Keep up the good work guys! – Giovanni Tavares, Lytron Marketing Agency
To go after local corporate business and promote a special $139 net rate!! I found the connections and new contacts – great energy, affordable, close location and well organized to be the most valuable.– Alana Miranda, AQUA Waikiki Wave
Network808 vision is about creating meaningful networking events and facilitating long lasting professional relationships. So we continue to invite you to face-to-face business networking events to learn and apply relationship-building skills that are essential components for today’s business professional and to realize and measure the value of Effective Business Relationships.
Mahalo to our 2015 Premier Sponsors: Castle Resorts & Hotels, Island Air and BevInco.
Mahalo to our table sponsors: Alvin Paguio, West Fund Hawaii LLC and Robin Kennedy-Oshio, Marcoa Publishing Inc.
If you are on the island of Oahu, join us on April 15th at Buca di Beppo for another networking experience. Tickets available here: https://n808bucadibeppo2015.eventbrite.com