Top 5 Networking Tips

The following is an article that I contributed to in www.Destinyman.com online ezine.  The original can be found at: http://www.destinyman.com/article/top-5-networking-tips-2011-09-27

Being at the top in business is not always about what you know, it’s about who you know.

The importance of networking
According to Strategic Business Network, networking is about making a connection between two or more people and building mutually beneficial relationships. Networking is a vital skill to have.

Megan Hudson, owner of MH Consulting, gives us the following advice regarding networking:

1. Look up professional bodies and associations that you or your target market would be interested in, and attend events for these bodies.

2. When attending events, try to find out who will be there so that you can prepare for potential networking.

3. Utilise online social networking sites like LinkedIn, Who’s Who in SA and Plaxo to connect with and to research people you would like to network with so that you are informed and knowledgeable when you get the opportunity to meet them.

4. Always carry your networking tools with you. These include: your business cards, brochures and flyers.

5. Have a name tag made for yourself with your name and your company’s name on it – it makes you more approachable and could open doors for you.

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About MH Consulting

MH Consulting is a specialist Marketing & PR Consultancy to the Coaching & Mentoring industry in South Africa. In addition to working with select clients who have approached us to handle their accounts, We run a specialised workshop: Market Your Practice Without Spending a Cent© on request to groups. About Megan Hudson (Owner): Megan has a degree in Politics and Languages, and spent most of her early career in the fields of Marketing and Advertising. She qualified as a coach in 2001, and ran a successful practice until about 2007. She is also a qualified Ethologist, with a degree through an Onderstepoort-affiliated body, as well as having studied Psychology though UNISA. She continues to reflect on the close similarities between the study of politics, and animal and human behaviour. Megan's guiding principles are Integrity and Aesthetics. In addition to being retained by COMENSA (the national professional body for coaches and mentors in South Africa) on a national basis in Marketing & PR, she runs a number of successful businesses including a property business, a specialist marketing consultancy, a marketing training company (developed in 2001) aimed at SME’s but tailored specifically to Coaches & Mentors. Megan has also had an online business since 2004, which is an on-going guinea pig for many of the tricks that she teaches her students. She strongly believes in contributing to her country and to its growth, and runs her Marketing course free of charge for a number of non-profit organisations. Because it delivers immediate results, the SME's that she works with are able to grow their businesses, earn more money and create more employment.
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