Enjoyed presenting on “How to Network” at the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre on 9th February. The event was attended by both business people and those wanting to develop their networking skills for their own career development or indeed their job search.
WBSC is a joint partnership between the University of Wolverhampton, Business Link West Midlands, City of Wolverhampton College and Wolverhampton City Council and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce providing business advice to new and existing businesses.
We discussed the importance of relationship building as opposed to selling for effective networking as well as sharing our general fears and concerns about the topic. Numerous tips and techniques were suggested – for example being helpful and generous, being enthusiastic, being interested in others and we also developed some ideas on questioning and listening skills. We then got the opportunity to practice our 30 second elevator pitch – which whilst good fun, was quite challenging in itself and illustrated the importance of demonstrating to others how you can really add value.