Your business can have an idea that could change the world, but it doesn’t matter if no one knows who you are. In business, networking is a necessity. Networking gives you and your business new contacts and opportunities. You can network with people that could help your business at a gathering or an event. Someone can refer you by phone, email or on a networking site online. Here are the things you should have prepared while networking.

Have An Elevator Speech Ready

There are a lot people with a lot of ideas out there and the people that can make those ideas a reality are only going to acknowledge the best ones. When you approach someone, whether after a meeting, at a convention or in an actual elevator, make sure your speech is as appealing as it is streamlined. Your name, your business, where you’re located, what you do, and what you’re offering, no more, no less.

Two-Way Streak

While you may seek help from someone in an effort to better your business, someone may make a pitch to you. If you think it’s good for business take them up on their idea. In the future they will return the favor by either referring you to someone else or by helping you directly.

Seek Relevant Connections

If you attend a convention wanting to brush elbows with every manager, not only is your elbow going to sore, you’re not going to be able to talk to everyone. Make sure the people you meet with are tied to your interest. If you run a movie news site, you may not need to make a deal with a theater manager. You may find out you have something in common on your own time, but on the clock, you need to find something related to you.

Hire a Business Coach for Additional Help

For more help with networking, consult with a business coach. They can teach you what people are looking for and the best way to present your information to them. The business coaches at ActionCOACH Tampa Bay offer these services to the independent, small and large businesses of the Tampa Bay area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment so we can begin helping your company reach its full potential!