Check out my thoughts on networking. Be prepared and practice your 60 second elevator speech (not pitch).
During open networking, ask about their hopes and dreams. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “What are you working on at the moment?”
Here is a link to BNI. I recommend visiting all the chapters in the area to find the best fit for you.
- (First 10 seconds) Who you are, title, company, what you do.
- (30 seconds) How you help businesses achieve goals. Use a short story if possible.
- (10 seconds) Kinds of businesses you are looking to connect with. Be specific.
- (10 seconds) Thank them in your own way and thank the person who invited you.
Here is a link to the SBAC event calendar for those in Chicago and suburbs.
Thanks! – Jesse Maher