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We look forward to meeting you at an upcoming WIN event. Let us show you that networking can be one of the most cost-effective and rewarding ways to grow your business. At most events, we follow an agenda with programming that begins at either 9:00am or 11:30am, for Breakfast and Luncheon networking events, respectively.
|8:30-9:00am||11:00-11:30am||Doors Open for: Registration Check-In, Informal Networking|
|9:00-9:15am||11:30-11:45am||Event begins: Welcome!|
|9:15-10:15am||11:45am-12:45pm||Presentation and Facilitated Networking over meal|
|10:30 am||1:00 pm||Event concludes. Participants are welcome to linger a bit to wrap up conversations or to meet the presenter.|
|Optional WINfo: 10:40 am||Optional WINfo: 1:40 pm||We invite you to stay afterward for a WINfo session. Learn more to determine whether WIN is a fit for you.|
|WINfo ends by 11:30||WINfo ends by 2:00||The WINfo session may end earlier depending on the number of questions participants have about WIN.|
|Set a time to >>>||Reflect and follow up!||Take action on your learning and connections.|
We know that even for experienced networkers, networking functions can be intimidating. WIN member Ambassadors are at each event and are happy to help introduce you to other participants and answer any questions you may have. We will make sure you feel welcome and find your way through the process. To start, begin understanding the principles of effective networking.
IN ORDER TO GET GOOD RESULTS, KEEP THESE TIPS IN MIND
- Be prompt. Better yet, come up to a half hour prior the event start to settle in and informally network.
- Make a great impression. Dress in business attire that fits your profession and personal brand.
- Have your personal 60-second introduction ready. Be prepared to tell others what makes your business unique, communicate your ideal customer, and ask for what you need.
- Ask questions. It is far more important in business to be interested rather than interesting. Plus, asking the other person to talk can put you both at ease.
- Do not sell or recruit. Networking is about building relationships. The people you meet may not necessarily be in the market for your product or service. Most likely, those people are three or four people removed from the person you meet.
- Use each event as a professional development opportunity. Learn new ways to succeed from the presenter and the women you meet.
Follow up. Keep in touch with your new network. Social Media (e.g. LinkedIn) is a useful tool for staying connected. Check in with individuals in your network regularly to offer support, resources and leads.
For more tools and tips on improving your networking strategy, discounts and member benefits, join WIN. In the meantime, keep updated by signing up to receive WIN’s weekly eNews for information, inspiration and ideas that you can use to build your career and/or business.