One of the very first things I did when I started my direct sales business, was join a local women home business owners networking group. It was one of the best business decisions that I made, because it helped me learn all kinds of new business things. In addition, it got me out of the house and I met some new friends & business associates.
Today, we are sharing some great networking tips with all of you, especially for those direct sales consultants who are new to business networking.
- One of the first things you want to do is find and event that is convenient and at a time that you can continue to participate with should you like it. There are so many different types of networking groups at all different times of the day, I am sure you will have no problem finding something that suits your needs.
- Look for a networking group that has a topic or theme that fits in with the niche you want to promote. Going too far out of your niche may be a stretch and then you will not get the response that you are looking for.
- You can look at local chamber meeting. These are great for getting to know your local independent business owners. This is a great avenue for getting your name out in your community.
- There are also local MeetUp.com groups that meet on a huge range of topics. Whether you are looking for business groups, reading groups, religious groups, mommy type groups, social media groups or whatever your desire, you can find that through the MeetUp.com system. A lot of the groups are super active and little to no cost.
- Also available are the BNI meeting groups. These are awesome for true networking and lead passage. You will meet a large array of local businesses that join the group for a year or more at a time. The cost of this is a bit higher and you need to commit to attendance policies.
When participating in your group, make sure to always bring your business cards. Make it a point to take some time to really talk and get to know people. Networking is about helping someone else solve their immediate problem or need. It is not about trying to get as many people as possible to listen to your 30 second elevator speech.
When networking with others, it’s an every-changing learning process and you need to be consistent with your efforts. In other words, don’t go just once and call it a day. You will need to regularly show up for meetings and participate in the group’s events.