We will be delighted to see you at our forthcoming Expo at St James’ Park, Newcastle on the 1st of November, but what does it take to make the most of the occasion and become a great networker? Patricia Bacon explains…

So many people shudder at the idea of going out to ‘network’ – thinking this is only about having to go to an event and meet people who they don’t know and attempt to have interesting conversations when actually they just want to just run for their lives. Well, it doesn’t need to be like this. It is so much more than this.

People often forget just how the networking in our lives can start early, when we don’t really even think of it as networking, when we are at school, University, in our work places, clubs and more. When we enjoy it and we are actually very good at it. The more we nurture and invest time developing our network the more both parties can benefit, often when both are least expecting it.

So let’s explore what you can do to enjoy it and become brilliant at it.

Remember to be yourself

Be your authentic self and remember that first impressions count and talk about who you are and not just what you do. How would you answer the question “Who are you?’ – give it a try. People buy from people they like, who are interesting and who they trust. It also means you have the opportunity to strike up an interesting and broader conversation. And this is just the beginning of what can develop, in many situations, to be incredibly strong relationships.

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