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One Minute Matters

Most networking groups include an opportunity for networkers to stand up and make a brief presentation to the rest of the room: it’s a 60-second opportunity to show people who you are and what exactly it is you do. The fist time you do this might seem slightly daunting but at least what you have to say will be news to everyone else in the room. The tricky part is keeping what you have to say relevant, fresh and interesting, particularly when the people you are presenting to have heard it all before.

Once people begin to get to know you and your business; they will want to hear something new about you every time you stand up rather than the same old story. In advance of each presentation, try and plan a new and different theme to avoid repeating and boring your audience. Take time to think of things related to you and your area of business that enlightens your listeners and inspires them to think, then take action.

You could begin by asking them a question or telling them a short and amusing anecdote or incident, then introduce your name and your company clearly. Rather than go into great detail about what you do, focus on the benefits of how your business helps others by solving a problem, for example: saving them valuable time, saving them money, offering resources they lack or expertise they need. Don’t try and cover all of these in one minute flat, instead take one or two of the benefits and illustrate them as effectively as you can in the time you have to make a positive impression.

You can use props and visuals to demonstrate your point, for example bring an item in that can be passed around the group while you speak or show them a visual that highlights an important point. You could use a testimonial from a client to back up a positive claim you make or a staggering (and reliable of course) statistic to add emphasis. Real examples of your work speak volumes and will engage your audience far more than generalisation.

You can be topical and relate recent news to your business and the business of others in the room. This will have wider appeal and relevance than just plain theory and speculation. Give out some free advice if you can on how to achieve something or a solution to a common problem if possible as these tips will add value to the content of your presentation and show you are generous and willing to pass on the benefits of your experience freely.

make your minute count

Become an organiser…

Now is the time for you to start running a First Friday meeting...

Last Friday I spent the day at Wolverhampton Racecourse at the Business Networking Show, with over 500 switched on networkers... all people who realised the impact networking can have on their businesss... and on their bottom line!!

There were some great keynote speakers like Brad Burton from 4N, Dragon Lady herself Rachel Elnaugh, Apprentice Neil Clough, Marketing Guru Dee Blick, the Wisdom Queen Debbie Huxton and Mr Network Dummy himself Stafan Thomas.

If you would like to see what people had to say about the event head over to Twitter and search for @TBNShow or #TBNS2014 - keep an eye out for news of next year!! Also make sure you are following them: @BradBurton @RachelElnaugh @NeilWClough @deeblick @debbie huxton @noredbraces

I have over 20 enquiries from attendees at the show to start groups 'up north' so hopefully we will be a much bigger network by the new year - so now is the time for you to get involved and take advantage of the increased exposure you will gain from being an organiser!! 

It’s easy to procrastinate, to put off, and to dilly dally, but if you still need to win more customers for your business then what’s to be gained from waiting?

What about becoming the best known networker? Or the person of influence in your area? Or getting a huge uplift in referrals? What’s going to change unless you take decisive action to make it happen?

Nothing.

If you’d already decided to get started then you’d already have seen a difference in your growing list of contacts and referrals.

Just like Paul Dallibar from Gordian Solutions Ltd, who was in a position exactly like yours before he decided to start running a group:

“Steve not only recognises the power of business networking, but has created a powerful, enjoyable and very successful model in First Friday. As an active participant, who has benefited from the reputation I have gained as an organiser, I would thoroughly recommend the First Friday Network.”

...and Tony Hedger from A&T Business Associates Limited, who sent us this note recently:

"We have just taken on our second First Friday meeting having grown as a company and wanted our new team member to start to build a company presence in the area. Having run a First Friday event for over 5 years and seen the benefits that it has created in brand awareness and reputation for our company in the local area, we felt it was the only way to quickly build up our company name as someone in a new area that was well connected and a true networker. I would recommend taking on a First Friday meeting if you are keen to grow and develop your business in that location, as networking is the best way to grow your business, and what better way than to be known as the best local networker!"

I'd love to have you as part of the network, so let me ask you…

…are you ready to grow your business?

…do you want to get loads of referrals pouring into your business?

If your answer is yes I want to make taking that next step as easy as possible. 

If you’re worried about the cost, then don’t be, listen to what one of our organisers had to say:

“I am the only person that has had a direct financial cost for attending, which is easily offset by the people who actively target me and the promotion that being the event organiser gives me. I have seen the benefit of running the events in quickly gaining brand awareness in the local business area. It has helped me gain business from companies that would have taken me longer to build relationships with had I not set up the First Friday Networking event. It has also helped my business find clients and I can say that the direct cost of setting up a First Friday event has been recovered many times over!”

... and we've reduced the fee to just £120 a year - yes £10 a month - if you can't get a fantastic ROI from that you're doing something wrong!!!

To get started today, simply email me at steve@firstfriday-network.co.uk. 

If you’re still not sure, and you’d like to talk to me personally then call 01243 787100.

Yours sincerely,
Steve Wilson

Stefan Thomas from 4N with his Networking for Dummies book

The Business Networking Show 2014

Last Friday I spent the day at Wolverhampton Racecourse with over 500 switched on networkers... all people who realised the impact networking can have on their businesss... and on their bottom line!!

There were some great keynote speakers like Brad Burton from 4N (he really does like me it's not a trick of photoshop!), dragon lady herself Rachel Elnaugh, Apprentice Neil Clough, Marketing guru Dee Blick, the wisdom queen Debbie Huxton and Mr Network Dummy himself Stafan Thomas.

If you would like to see what people had to say about the event head over to Twitter and search for @TBNShow or #TBNS2014 - keep an eye out for news of next year!! Also make sure you are following them: @BradBurton @RachelElnaugh @NeilWClough @deeblick @debbie huxton @noredbraces

I have over 20 enquiries from attendees at the show to start groups 'up north' so hopefully you will be part of a much bigger network by the new year.

Everyone loves the idea behind First Friday and I hope that many more groups start and people join our happy little network... you can help by inviting one guest along to a meeting with you... why not try it this week!

Pictures from the Business Networking Show 2014

Golfers go crazy at Chichester First Friday

After our most recent Chichester First Friday breakfast networking event at Chichester Golf Club, Hunston, seven gung-ho golfers tackled the 18 hilarious holes at the newly opened Jungle Paradise Adventure Golf course, complete with the sights and sounds of the wild (the jungle wild not the host Pete Wild of course!).

The crazy Madagascar themed course winds its way around rocks, past wild animals, through dark caverns, under a crashed aircraft and waterfall and even includes crossing the water by pulley raft. There was a single hole in one by Steve Wilson (Chichester Print) and no less than three networkers (Paul Gibson, Steve Lyon and Steve Wilson) shared the same top score of 48 shots and were rewarded in chocolate for their efforts.

A great mornings entertainment and networking - join us next time!
 

Jungle Paradise Golf; Paul Gibson, Kia Wilson, Becky Wild

Pete Wild, Steve Lyon and Clancy - fishing his ball out of the lake!

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Exhibit or just visit at the West Sussex Expo

Small to medium sized businesses from across West Sussex are invited to attend the second West Sussex Business Expo which is taking place at the Butlins Conference Centre, on Thursday 8 May 2014 between 9.30am - 3.30pm.

It's free to attend and offers visitors the chance to network with hundreds of local business owners, plus offers the chance for you to gain free business advice and support from local organisations and speakers.

Don't miss this year's biggest event for businesses on 8 May at the Butlins Conference Centre!

If you're an existing business looking to grow, a business in the early stages, or want to explore  the possibilities of starting your own business - you will find something of interest at the expo.

At this free-to-attend business show, you will find a hive of creativity and activity from both our seminar programme featuring high-paced speed networking and inspirational keynote speakers, as well as from our variety of exhibitors showcasing the very best of local and regional businesses.

9 reasons to visit the West Sussex Business Expo

• Network with local business owners
• Engaging and educational seminars
• Free business advice and support

• Prize draws and local competitions
• Source valuable new suppliers
• Be inspired and gain new ideas 

• Forge new partnerships in business
• Showcase your products and services
• Exclusive expo only offers

Book your FREE tickets here: free-tickets

www.westsussexbusinessexpo.co.uk

Keynote speakers for the West Sussex Expo