If you’re an entrepreneur, networking is critical. In fact, one study states that networking is vital to the success of 78% of startups. Here are a few benefits why attending CBN networking events can seriously catapult your business.
It gives you a chance to refine your message. Attending a CBN networking event isa great place to meet a lot of like-minded people at one time, so take advantage of this.
If you’re new to business networking then, CBN networking events are a great place to really refine in on your company’s mission statement and really help you definitively determine what you stand for.
With CBN you have 60 seconds to convey who you are, what you do, and what sets you apart and unlike other business networking events, CBN gives you another 60 seconds to really pick the brains of others members with the ‘How Can We Help You’ round.
Attending CBN networking events, means you have the opportunity to make new connections. Even if you don’t get a call or email right away, the amount of first-hand connections you make at networking events is incredibly valuable. When you reach out to each new contact, they’ll be able to put your face to your name, and you’re much more likely to get a response. In fact, 85% of professionals say they develop a more meaning relationship after meeting someone in-person.
After attending a CBN networking event, remember to act quickly, and send an email or LinkedIn request within the first 24-48 hours while your interaction is fresh in someone’s mind. Even better is to ask someone interesting to coffee—this deepens the connection, and your network.
Business networking forces you to get out there. We tend to be our own worst critics, and in business, that means being your own worst enemy. If you need to build your confidence and shut out the negative voices doubting your new business, a networking event is the perfect place to start. You’ll see tons of new faces, hear a plethora of business ideas, and come away with at least a handful of new contacts, connections, and support. Conquer your fears and put yourself in the driver’s seat! Practice your elevator pitch, which I write about often, and give yourself permission to give the event your full effort and presence.
Nobody can deny that the internet is one of the most important vehicles to get your startup business off the ground, but just like in automation and artificial intelligence, computers are great, but nothing beats the power of the human connection. Attending a networking event can literally transform your business overnight, so take the time to get pumped on your new business venture, meet other eager entrepreneurs, and make potentially important and lifelong connections!
And, if that isn’t reason enough to come along to one of the CBN networking events, then perhaps the fact that you can take advantage of one of our many member benefits, even as a visitor.
Not only are our member benefits great value but they also an important resource for a small business owner. These include free social media training, understanding business continuity plans and market place to name a few.
Why not book onto a meeting soon and see how we can help you.