How many times have you gone to a networking event with a friend and left it having gotten not one business care, having not made any new connection or opened up a line of communication with a potential new partner, client or customer and left feeling it was a waste of time?
Time is precious and limited when you’re working or going to school full time while also trying to nurture a side hustle or grow a budding start up. You may feel your time may be better spent working on perfecting the business or product, coding or filling out grant or loan applications or looking for pitching competitions to enter or doing online research for business opportunities.
If you are an introvert, forget about it!
The idea of going to an event with a bunch of people you don’t know and trying to establish new business relationships can be daunting and intimidating.
But it doesn’t have to be. You can be more successful if you are strategic and start attending these events with a concrete plan and not just going to them willy nilly with no purpose.
In my latest 10 minute podcast, I offer 4 concrete and simple things to do to make your attendance at any networking event, seminar, conference, panel presentation beneficial for expanding your brand and company presence.
Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt can be heard nightly at 8pm on DCRadio/WHUR 96.3HD4 on "Coming to America with Wayna and Friends. She is an editor at Techyaya.com, founder of the Digital Publiching Academy and JayJayGhatt.com where she teaches online creators how to navigate digital entrepreneurship and offers Do-It-For-You Blogging Service. She manages her lifestyle sites BellyitchBlog, Jenebaspeaks and JJBraids.com and is the founder of BlackWomenTech.com 200 Black Women in Tech On Twitter. Her biz podcast 10 Minute Podcast is available on iTunes and Player.fm. Follow her on Twitter at @Jenebaspeaks. Buy her templates over at her legal and business templates on Etsy shop!