Do some one-on-one networking in Canfield

March 23, 2012 by  

The Regional Chamber of Youngstown Warren will be presenting Table Top Networking at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Canfield on April 27 from 7:30-9am. Tickets are $10 for chamber members and $20 for non-members.

Table Talk Networking is similar to speed dating; visitors have a set amount of time to spend talking with someone one-on-one. Only two people from the same company can attend the event so visitors have the opportunity to meet a lot of your fellow business peers.

It is essential that you bring marketing materials to this event so you can grow your referral network. Business leaders will be coming from all over the area, including Hermitage, to network with their peers. Arranging for business card printing in advance is the minimum you should do. It would also be wise to have a catalogue or brochure printed up which gives a good background about your business and your products or services.

For an event such as this, where you have a limited amount of time to spend with each person, you should create a one to two minute “elevator pitch” and practice it until it seems second nature. You should also take the time to actually listen to what the other person is saying and thinking about how you can offer to help him or her. Lastly, try and follow up with all of your contacts that same afternoon or the next day at the latest as speed is often of the essence.