So in a few weeks it's The Business Networking Show. There will be hundreds of networkers from all over the UK coming to Wolverhampton for one day only. They will want to grow their business and meet likeminded business owners in the hope of building relationships and ultimately generating more work.
I have been to the past three shows and each one was fantastic. Over the years I have met some great people who have become good friends. I have been given countless referrals and more importantly I have left motivated and fired up. You see running a business is a lonely experience. Being able to go somewhere and be around other people in the same position as you is invaluable - it keeps you sane.
‘Does this Suit me?': So, What Should You Wear at a Business Networking Event?
After walking out of a career in seedy pubs and late-night bars, the idea of self-employment and getting to wear a suit every day, got my adrenaline pumping even more than a tandem skydive.
I set up Neely There with an A4 folder of ideas and two blazers to my name; thinking that this (along with a pair of shiny high heels), was going to define me as a professional.
I was wrong.
Although dressing ‘007 style' fits other business owners to a T, I quickly discovered that it suppressed my personality and creative streak.
Heads up: I'm not going to go on about how you shouldn't wear a 3-piece to business networking events; but I will badger on about finding a style that you're comfortable in.
You know an event is going to be amazing when you have over 500 people already pre-registered to attend, just short of 2 months out until show day.
Oh yes people. The Business Networking Show 2017, #TBNS17 is heading into its 4th year and it is going to be BANGING! I'm excited! We're excited! Can you tell?
This is the LARGEST business networking show in the UK... bringing networkers from all around the UK together under one roof, and the thing is, if you're reading this, YOU can have completely free entry to the event by pre-registering NOW!
Liam Neeson's got nothing on Darren Hepburn!
I'm not going to sugar coat it for you: whether you're a mindset coach, virtual assistant, or website developer, you will come across hundreds of competitors, at business networking events.
The problem with 'crowded industries' is that they spew absurd corporate lingo, bizarre acronyms, and to be frank- made up words that I like to define as 'business bull'.
Nobody wants to be categorised as the 'all speak and no substance' kinda' person. And although we're all partial to the odd cringe-worthy cliché, our elevator pitches and business conversations are more likely to triumph without them.
I've whipped up three examples of corporate jargon phrases that I've come across most at networking events. Read on to find out why they've almost made my ears bleed, and how easy it is to come up with sensible, less irritating alternatives.