Being well prepared for your netWORK meeting will go a long way to making you feel more comfortable presenting yourself to a room full of strangers. But what do you need to take along to be prepared?
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I like to have a netWORK folder ready and packed for my netWORK meetings. Inside this pack you will find the following:
Pen and paper – to capture details about the people I meet and what promises of referrals I have made to them.
Name badge- wearing my name tag makes others feel more at ease, the stress of having to recall everyone’s name is removed and we can relax a little more.
Business cards- although the objective is NOT to hand out 100 business cards, when you are asked for your details, being able to hand over a professional, easy to read card makes it a lot easier for the person asking.
Elevator pitch – what is the objective of me attending this meeting? How will I introduce myself in order to achieve this objective? Is it timed? Is it memorable? Keep a copy with you to look over if you need to. Nerves can do strange things to the memory recall!
Smile – people respond positively to a smile. Make sure you remember to take yours to your netWORK meeting. Building trust is impossible without it!
Friend/ business associate – yes, why not? Visitors bring energy to a meeting and keep all the members on their toes!
The last two things won’t fit in the folder, but they are very important to remember.
Likewise to remember to check where you are meeting and how long it will take to get there…factor the traffic in.
Arriving late is counter productive and will add to your stress. Rather leave early and arrive calm and prepared. Prepared to netWORK!
Owner of Mauritius Business Network