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By Lauren Kahn
Throughout our series of BizConnect articles, we have spoken a lot about networking tips, best practices, and success stories. We hope to inspire you to try new tactics that will ultimately open doors and lead to new professional opportunities. What we haven’t spent time discussing are networking blunders—the mistakes that can cost you valuable relationships and missed sales opportunities. Here, we’ll tackle a few of the most common networking missteps and how to navigate your way out of them.
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Cutting Out The Filler Words
By Lauren Kahn
As we’ve discussed before, public speaking is a very important skill in business. Delivering in person presentations to clients and potential clients requires eloquence and articulation. Lecturing at a conference and speaking in front of a networking group demand the same communication skills and care. And while these speaking engagements carry more weight as you advance in your career, don’t forget about the “long tail” of public speaking—the multitude of opportunities you have in one-on-one and small group settings to exert influence and persuade your peers with communication..
Business Networking Tip:
After attending a networking event I observed several people utilizing effective strategies and techniques to rekindle relationships that were in need. I overheard discussions that included upcoming vacation plans, a child's graduation, and a mother's 85th birthday celebration. As I moved throughout the crowd I found that conversations, while they often started with the obligatory: "What do you do" or "What kind of business are you in?" The seasoned "networkers" shared a bit of their personal or family life to "seal the deal" in a sort of way.
Tim Robinson is a Senior Account Executive at Vantage Point Solutions Group (VPSG), an IT services firm that partners with small to midsized businesses to provide customized technology solutions to help them maximize the efficiency of their business and minimize downtime.
Ideal clients of VPSG are professional services firms (law firms, CPAs), property management and construction companies, and non-profits and associations. Generally speaking VPSG clients range between 10 and 100 employees. Through BizConnect networks, Tim hopes to "get in front of prospects that will value our services, and grow our brand in the greater Metro area."
Beyond the workplace, Tim enjoys the outdoors, specifically mountain biking and kayaking. His advice to entrepreneurs and small-business owners includes meeting new people and demonstrating how your services could benefit others.