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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?

You can watch this video, or read on….

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!

Denise Pitot
Owner of Mauritius Business Network

The biggest objective behind attending a netWORK event is to get people to remember you, and want to connect with you after the event (to ultimately pass on referrals). How can they do this is you are not memorable? What can you do to be UNFORGETTABLE? Worth giving it a few minutes of thought ahead of your next netWORK event?

Watch the video here.

Happy netWORKing
Denise Pitot

There is an etiquette to the way one gives and receives a business card. Not being aware of this, could have you offend the very person you wish to connect with.

 

Taking cards

The number one rule: Only take cards from people who you intend to connect with. Please do not take cards from everyone you come into contact with. There is no competition for the person who collects the most business cards! Taking someone’s card and not calling/contacting them does nothing to build your credibility.

Receive a card with 2 hands. It is a gift given to you. A person’s name is very important to them. They are giving you that AND their contact details. When receiving the gift, take a moment to look at the card, notice it before you put it away…and say “thank you”.

Make notes on the card to remind you of why you took the card (what do you need to action for this person?), or relevant information to help you remember your connection with them (eg details of the event and/or the person’s characteristics) Remember that some cultures frown upon writing on a business card, so be sure to ask permission or do it in private!

When you have a card- act on it. Make contact with the person and thank them for the connect or do what ever follow up you promised them. THEN, store the card safely for future reference…. you can use online APPs like CAMcard to save the information online.

 

Giving cards

The number one rule here is: NEVER handout cards willy nilly. This is like spamming people. It does nothing to strengthen a relationship. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that you should collect more cards than you give! Why would I say that?
When you take someone’s card, you show an interest in them (as opposed to thrusting your business at them).
When you have their details, you are in control of making contact with them (as opposed to waiting for them to make contact with you).

NetWORKing is about visibility and credibility… be visible, but build your credibility constantly. Taking cards and merely filing them in file 13, will make the netWORK event a waste of your time!

 

Denise Pitot
CEO, Mauritius Business Network

 

Your MBN membership can be likened to taking out a gym membership. You will never achieve your weight loss or body building or fitness goals if you don’t show up and if you don’t WORK hard.

It’s for this reason that I would like to remind you to take full advantage!
Always be thinking visibility and credibility.

 

First, it’s important to think about what your goals are:

  • Meet new people
  • Grow your contact base
  • Get referrals and grow your business
  • Build self-confidence or confidence in your product
  • Meet fellow entrepreneurs
  • Something else?

 

Now think about what you need to do to make that happen.

(You can checkoff the ones that are important to you to help you achieve your netWORK goal/s.)

Remember to always be thinking visibility and credibility.

 

  • Attend the meetings (Gives visibility)
    • Being at the meetings reminds people about you. It also gives you an opportunity to remind your ”sales team” about what you are looking for that month and how they can assist you.
  • Use the Facebook group (Gives visibility)
    • The Facebook group is for anyone. If I see a testimonial, I will share it on the Facebook page as well. So, if you have received good service from a fellow member, let us know. Share your business info with us on the group.
  • Keep your advert fresh and up to date on the website (Gives visibility)
    • You can refresh your advert, add video and new photos as often as you like. This keeps your advert fresh and at the front of the directory. Take advantage of this benefit and update regularly.
  • Do the HTNLP (How to netWORK like a pro) training (Gives credibility)
    • This course will help you to understand the benefits of netWORKing, how to effectively netWORK and give you tips and tricks to get the most from your netWORK events. A must for all new netWORKers and those wanting to take their netWORKing to the next level. We are currently working on an online version. We’ll keep you posted.
  • Offer a special to your fellow members (Gives visibility and credibility)
    • We already have a lot of special offers for you as a member to take advantage of. By using your fellow member, you get great rates and you get to sample their service making it easier to refer them. Give your fellow netWORKers the same benefit by offering something in return. It also gives you additional exposure on the “partners” page as well as the “home page”.
  • Write a BLOG (Gives visibility and credibility)
    • Writing a blog about something relevant to business people in your network, will let them know that you are an expert in your field and gives them the confidence to refer you with pride and ease.
    • Login to the website to submit yours today!
  • Add your events to the website (Gives visibility and credibility)
    • Login to the website to submit your events
  • Have coffee connects
    • Having coffee with members outside of the netWORK events is a great way to strengthen and deepen the business relationship. It helps you to understand more about how you can help each other to be more successful.
    • I suggest having one per week.
  • Give testimonials and say thank you
    • At the end of our netWORK meeting, there is an opportunity for testimonials and thank yous. Think about whose services you have used in the past month, if they did a good job, give a verbal testimonial. It is incredibly powerful for them and you. You can follow that up with a written testimonial for Facebook or our testimonial book.
    • Saying “thank you” shows your appreciation to whoever helped you to receive. This could be business, but it could also be a thank you for achieving the netWORKing goals you set yourself. A reminder that you are on the right track!

You do not have to do all of these at once but decide what you need to do and then start doing it!

Feel free to discuss any of these points with me in more detail.

Denise Pitot
CEO and founder of Mauritius Business Network

NETWORKING: HOW AND WHY

 

What is the difference between a lead and a referral?

Why is it that we only want to receive referrals from our network?

 

A lead essentially can be found anywhere – the good old phone book, or Google! There is no relationship, it is just a name. Usually doing business with a lead is a hard nut to crack.
On the other hand, when both parties are known, liked and trusted by a common “friend”, the business deal is that much easier to close.

 

Because you are the conduit between the two parties, you ensure both parties are aware of the potential to do business, and you make that business deal much more likely to happen.

 

Receiving a qualified referral is a wonderful gift.
Giving a qualified referral means helping a fellow networker to grow.

 

Passing qualified referrals between fellow MBN members is what we strive for…. it is the ultimate compliment between two or three trusted parties.

See the video here

Photo credit: Promix Entertainment Ltd

Events

Join us as we celebrate the end of a successful year of netWORKIng. Introduce us to your families (spouses and children are welcome) as we enjoy a live jazz band.
Food Lovers, Bagatelle
Saturday 30 November
18:30 onwards
BYOB
Order non-alcoholic beverages and meals from the menu
Audacity Wines will be providing a wine tasting for us
Get in Touch Wedding and Event Planner will decorate the venue for us
We will have the prize draws of both the Oneye Voucher as well as the Liri Jewellery prize winner selected
There are a couple of spot prizes from HIIT and Run Fitness Community
If you would like to add a little “sparkle” to the evening, please let me know what you have in mind ASAP denise@agency.mu
For planning purposes, we’d appreciate if you would complete the Google form.

We are turning 1. Come netWORK and celebrate with us.

Although we will be netWORKing as normal, we would like to add a little extra energy to our birthday month of netWORK events. For this month only, we will allow the display of almost anything to showcase your company – bring your banners, flyers, samples, vouchers and giveaways. We will have a super festive event to celebrate doing business in Mauritius. If you are in retail, display some of your goods, we love “show and tell”.
(If you need some ideas on how to represent your company, feel free to chat with me.)

As always, bring a notebook and pen, your business cards and a smile as you introduce your company to us…. but why not invite a friend to come along too! Lets share this great community of business people.

We look forward to meeting you and finding our more about what you do.

Everyone in business is welcome to attend.

First time visitors and members: FREE
Regular visitors: RS200

We are turning 1. Come netWORK and celebrate with us.

Although we will be netWORKing as normal, we would like to add a little extra energy to our birthday month of netWORK events. For this month only, we will allow the display of almost anything to showcase your company – bring your banners, flyers, samples, vouchers and giveaways. We will have a super festive event to celebrate doing business in Mauritius. If you are in retail, display some of your goods, we love “show and tell”.
(If you need some ideas on how to represent your company, feel free to chat with me.)

As always, bring a notebook and pen, your business cards and a smile as you introduce your company to us…. but why not invite a friend to come along too! Lets share this great community of business people.

We look forward to meeting you and finding our more about what you do.

Everyone in business is welcome to attend.

First time visitors and members: FREE
Regular visitors: RS200

DUE TO ELECTIONS – THIS MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED TO TUES 12th NOVEMBER

We are turning 1. Come netWORK and celebrate with us.

Although we will be netWORKing as normal, we would like to add a little extra energy to our birthday month of netWORK events. For this month only, we will allow the display of almost anything to showcase your company – bring your banners, flyers, samples, vouchers and giveaways. We will have a super festive event to celebrate doing business in Mauritius. If you are in retail, display some of your goods, we love “show and tell”.
(If you need some ideas on how to represent your company, feel free to chat with me.)

As always, bring a notebook and pen, your business cards and a smile as you introduce your company to us…. but why not invite a friend to come along too! Lets share this great community of business people.

We look forward to meeting you and finding our more about what you do.

Everyone in business is welcome to attend.

First time visitors and members: FREE
Regular visitors: RS200

 

 

Regular, because it is every month.
NetWORKing, because we work the room, meeting new business people on the island and strengthening existing relationships.
Join us for an opportunity to expose your business and meet the MBN members and visitors… you and your business will be so glad you did!
“Nobody gets paid for networking. We all get paid on the results of our networking.” – Rob Brown
What are you doing to netWORK? Here’s your opportunity….
Hope to see you there and find out more about your business, and how we can help you.
What to bring:
Pen and notepad
Business cards
A smile

Regular, because it is every month.
NetWORKing, because we work the room, meeting new business people on the island and strengthening existing relationships.

Join us for an opportunity to expose your business and meet the MBN members and visitors… you and your business will be so glad you did!

“Nobody gets paid for networking. We all get paid on the results of our networking.” – Rob Brown
What are you doing to netWORK? Here’s your opportunity….
Hope to see you there and find out more about your business, and how we can help you.

What to bring:
Pen and notepad
Business cards
A smile

Regular, because it is every month.
NetWORKing, because we work the room, meeting new business people on the island and strengthening existing relationships.

Join us for an opportunity to expose your business and meet the MBN members and visitors… you and your business will be so glad you did!

“Nobody gets paid for networking. We all get paid on the results of our networking.” – Rob Brown
What are you doing to netWORK? Here’s your opportunity….
Hope to see you there and find out more about your business, and how we can help you.

What to bring:
Pen and notepad
Business cards
A smile

DUE TO 3 SEPT BEING A PUBLIC HOLIDAY, PLEASE NOTE NEW NETWORKING DATE!
This month ONLY, the Grand Baie meeting will be held on the 2nd Tues of the month
It is true that business people will leave this meeting with an upbeat positivity, but the main reason we get together is to build business relationships, help each other in business and get referrals in return.
Come to these meetings to find out why we are so excited to see each other (and all our visitors) every month!

It is true that business people will leave this meeting with an upbeat positivity, but the main reason we get together is to build business relationships, help each other in business and get referrals in return.
Come to these meetings to find out why we are so excited to see each other (and all our visitors) every month!

It is true that business people will leave this meeting with an upbeat positivity, but the main reason we get together is to build business relationships, help each other in business and get referrals in return.
Come to these meetings to find out why we are so excited to see each other (and all our visitors) every month!