**Register for one of the upcoming business networking workshops on the right!**
Are you new to business networking or new in town and looking to get connected with other small business owners? This meeting is for local small business owners who are:
=> new to networking, and want to figure out how to use networking to build your business, connect with potential strategic partners, and expand your contacts base.
=> new in town, and want to make connections with the locals in a safe, low-key environment.
=> new in business, and want to learn how to get connected to the local small business community through personal networking.
=> frustrated by networking and the referrals you’re getting (or NOT getting) and want to find out the secrets to making networking your most effective marketing strategy.
Networking 4 Newbies helps business networking newbies get comfortable with the basics of networking, including introductions, connecting one-on-one, and more in a safe, facilitated environment that will get you into the swing of networking easily.
Hi Victoria, A quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed your Networking for Newbies class. I’m not exactly a newbie at it, but I suppose Networking for the Nervous doesn’t have quite the same ring. In any case, I attended a chamber mixer last night, and it was a much less nerve-wracking experience than before. Using my elevator speech helped me better articulate my business, and a focus on relationship-building, rather than client-landing made me a lot more relaxed. I actually stayed beyond the one hour I usually have to force myself to get through and plan to attend another one next week. Thanks again for a great class. Best Regards, Elizabeth Harmon, Elizabeth Harmon Communications
About the Meetings
Facilitated by guilt-free business and marketing coach Victoria Cook, this meeting is for small business owners who want to enjoy the benefits of connection through networking, but don’t know where to start, or have been frustrated by all the time and energy invested in networking with very few results to show for it all.
Each meeting begins with an explanation of networking and how to use it as an effective networking strategy, self-introductions (get your free elevator speech tool and networking introduction worksheet above, right), followed by a networking activity designed to increase interaction and participant comfort levels. The meeting concludes with a brief check out.
Attendees can expect to…
- Get confident about networking
- Get feedback, advice, and coaching on your elevator speech and personal introduction
- Meet other networking newbies in a comfortable environment
- Get questions answered about networking groups and opportunities
“I have been selling for 34 years and yet I learned some very useful techniques at the Networking 4 Newbies workshop. In particular the portion on the Elevator Speech. This will be a useful tool not only for networking but a great way to start a sales presentation. Great seminar I was glad I was in attendance.” ~ Jerry McEvilly, JMc Equipment Sales Inc.
“I am an experienced sales representative, and was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned. Victoria helped me to tighten up my elevator speech, she provided some great advice on what information to disclose when, and also provided some valuable tips on maximizing face-to-face networking. She is a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker, and I would gladly work with her again.” ~ Helen Riggs, Any Key Computer Services
“I found the networking training very informative and useful. I have already used my introduction at a referral group and received high compliments. You had some great people at the event and I made some good connections and possibly a new client. Again, wonderful job.” ~ Tony Zobott, Auto Authority
The speakers will share…
- Networking strategies for introverts, newbies, and those frustrated by the lack of results from their networking
- A networking plan to get you connected fast
- Resources to help you make the most of your networking efforts
- Learn effective networking skills and increase your referrals
Top reasons you should attend…
- This event is strictly for networking newbies so everyone is just as new to networking as you are.
- Convenient mid-morning time doesn’t conflict with most other meetings.
- Great place to practice your elevator speech and learn how to introduce yourself in a group.
- Facilitated networking activities to make first-time networking comfortable.
- You’ll learn about other networking groups and resources to help build your business.
“Now I can walk into a networking situation and feel more comfortable!” ~ Penny Perry, Judson University
“Victoria’s exercises make one examine the core elements of their business and how to best present them to prospective clients or networking connections. Regardless of age or experience, anyone can enrich their skill set from listening to Victoria’s guidance.” ~ Chris Leyba
“I entered the meeting not knowing what to expect, and [feeling] extremely nervous. Immediately, Victoria put my nerves at ease…After learning about and practicing elevator speeches and self introductory speeches, I felt empowered to go out and network. ” ~ Denise Mayhew “I love the ‘chunked down’ approach. Very helpful!” ~ Sarah Karnes
Questions? Call Victoria at 847-701-4739
Friday, March 21, 2014
9:30 – 11:30 am
McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce
1257 N. Green Street
McHenry, IL 60050