Indulge in a networking lunch in Pikesville

January 20, 2012 by  

The Pikesville Chamber of Commerce presents regular Brown Bag networking lunches for local business leaders. The event is free for Chamber members and $5 for non-members. Everyone brings their own lunch and drinks are provided.

The next Brown Bag lunch will be held at the Pikesville Senior Center on February 7 from 12-1 pm. It will give Pikesville business leaders the chance to meet, to share ideas and to grow their referral network.

Business card printing is the most important thing to consider before deciding to attend a networking event. They are literally your calling card and help to present a favorable first impression to those you meet. It should be professional looking and contain all the information people need to contact you.

While networking seems to be the easiest thing in the world for some, there are some tips to consider. Business cards should be exchanged during the introduction, not as a second thought at the end of the encounter. To get the best out of networking events you should prepare a 60-second introduction or “elevator pitch.” This should mention what your company provides, your role in the company and what you can do for others. It is not an opportunity to sell but an opportunity to let other business leaders know what you can do for them. When you do connect with your peers don’t forget to follow up if you have promised to. How you handle networking events can make the difference between having a successful business and having one that fails.