We get it, networking isn’t at the top of everyone’s to-do list. It can be time-consuming, downright awkward on occasion and — depending on your personality — incredibly draining. When your schedule is already full of work appointments and family commitments, the last thing you want to do is make small talk with strangers at another cocktail party.
However, we can’t deny the power networking has over our overall success. When done correctly, networking can get you a job and many more opportunities throughout your career. It could give you a competitive edge. Here is everything you need to know on how and why to make an impression at networking events:
Why Networking is Important
For people coming to a new country to work, it makes learning about the culture and way of working, both amongst expats and non-expats, a lot easier. You will be able to learn much from locals or even people who have been in the country longer than you. If you’re looking to network in your own country, it is an incredible way to meet some of the most interesting individuals from all walks of life. Meet people who are open-minded and have similar interests as you.
Learning doesn’t have to take place in a classroom or even on the job. To learn from others is also important and in some cases, more effective as real life experience can be more relatable. There are always opportunities for growth, you just have to look and networking just best way to get a head start as it’s usually FREE and you get to speak to industry leaders. However, remember that the opportunities that you go for should always be aligned with the vision you have for your career.
That being said, it’s the perfect way to receive knowledge that you would not have access to otherwise. You can get advice on your business or your work from like-minded people with more experience. Just remember to talk to someone who actually has the knowledge about what you need to learn and not just someone who is giving you their input on something that they have little to no experience in.
If you have your own business, networking events are like feasts. You can, in time, be connected to thousands of people who could be potential clients, investors or even ambassadors.
Building your own personal brand is another advantage of networking. Once you put yourself out there, people and businesses will notice you. It will assist you in building your reputation as a knowledgeable and helpful person, especially if you offer useful information and tips to people who might need it. This way, you have more chances at leaving with a positive impression for yourself as well as your brand to people.
How to Network
Now for the important part, let’s teach you some simple tips to networking.
1 – Genuine Relationships
Networking is more than playing the number game or aiming to talk to every single person in the room. One quality connection is a million times better than 20 superficial ones. Focus on one person at an event and build a genuine relationship based off of listening, reciprocity and shared interests & goals.
2 – Help your Network
Give before you expect to receive. Ask someone else about their interests and the projects they’re working on before you talk about yourself. Offer to help them and if you do not have the knowledge on that particular topic, offer a contact instead. Knowing someone who can help is almost like being able to helping them yourself. Business relationships work two ways so it is alright to ask for help when you need it as well. When seeking help, be as specific, concise, thoughtful and well written as possible and after getting the help, remember your manners and say thank you.
3 – Keep in Touch
Always follow up. Accentuate your initial meeting with further ones to build relationships and networking opportunities further. The person you interact with will also have opportunities that you may gain access to. Once you do, you will be able to open up even more doors and meet even more people.
4 – Diversify your events
Another way to take your networking to a whole new level is through showcasing your expertise as a speaker instead of an attendee. Speaking at these networking events will boost your credibility as a thought leader in the space and will give you a platform to offer your insight to others. Try to also attend events that you wouldn’t normally consider. This way, you can exchange knowledge with others outside of your industry and gain new insights.
5 – Think of People, not Positions
You never know what people could do in their lives. It is also extremely hard to get into the circles of executives in their 60s. Perhaps focus on the people who are young, smart, motivated and interesting. Some of these people may go on to hold important positions in companies in a matter of years. This could potentially help influence your business positively. It is easier to build equity early so think about the people in your network who have potential and are really interesting. Once you’ve done so, work on making and maintaining a strong connection with them.
October Network Events in Singapore 2019
Now, with all that being said, let us take it further by providing you a list of upcoming networking events for you to attend!
1. Business Networking Session – Connecting with SME business owners
In every weekly session, a member will share a business presentation to educate fellows members on his or her trade, so that we can help him or her to look for suitable referrals and collaborations.
Members also take part in a business mastermind session, where we will wear our “white hats” to listen to the presenter’s business challenges and to give our suggestions to the presenter to improve his or her business.
Date: 15th October 2019
Location: Pappasan 17, Hotel Boss, 500 Jalan Sultan #01-17, S198958
2. The Future of Work and Talent in Finance Industry
Bringing together key players in the finance & tech industries, our panel of experts and founders will discuss the rise of technology in finance and how to develop talent for this new workforce.
Hear about how influential tech entrepreneurs and innovative technologies are disrupting and redefining the traditional finance industry, how you should respond as an individual or business and how you can make the most of it.
Date: 16th October 2019
Location: SGInnovate, 32 Carpenter Street, S059911
3. #NetworkHerWay: Negotiate and Take Charge
This series is a must for anyone looking to maximize the return on their job search efforts, gain STEM industry insights and build their network with like-minded, successful STEM professionals.
Date: 17th October 2019
Location: Westpac Singapore Office, 12 Marina View #27-01, Asia Square Tower 2 S018961
4. Leverage On Networking For Partnership Success With Each Other
They understand the importance of collaborations and partnerships.
So they aspire to provide the right platform for such knots to be tied for business success together.
welcoming all business owners, agents, self employed, aspiring entrepreneurs, freelancers, side hustlers and anyone who has the expertise to share their own ideas to the table.
Date: 21st October 2019
Location: Enchanted Garden, 70 Jellicoe Road #04-01, S208767
5. Leadership in a Changing World
Digital forces are changing the skills an executive needs to manage organisations. In a world that’s become increasingly digital, large companies can sometimes find it hard to adapt.
Whether it’s in a traditional corporation, non-for-profit or small business or startup, organisations that will thrive will be led by executives who have an understanding of the forces shaping their environment and an awareness of the skills necessary to master those forces.
Date: 24th October 2019
Location: SGInnovate, 32 Carpenter Street, S059911
6. Ti Ventures Mentoring & Entrepreneurship Series – Louken Group
Come join and hear from the perspectives of an entrepreneur and business builder on his entrepreneurship and transformation of his passion into successful business ventures.
Date: 25th October 2019
Location: 2 Alexandra Rd, Delta House, S159919
7. Rebel Meetups by Yena – Entrepreneur Networking in Singapore
Thinking of starting a business? Growing your start-up and looking for peer support? Or maybe you just want to find out where the opportunities are in your city? Come along!
Date: 29th October 2019
Location: Tribe Theory Startup Hostel, 39 Ann Siang Road, S069716
8. Impress and Influence : Personal Branding Workshop
In this 2-hour meetup, we will- understand the importance of Personal Branding- explore key principles and quick methods to enhance your public profiles- connect with other professionals in the events industry and expand your network
Date: 30th October 2019
Location: SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, S237978
9. Singapore Coaching Bootcamp
The Coaches’ Bootcamp is a two-hour workshop meant for Gallup-Certified Strengths Coaches and anyone wanting to discover, understand and explore into his/her strengths. This complimentaryworkshop aims to support both coaches and coachees’, in a one-to-one practical coaching interactive environment, using resources and knowledge applied from the Accelerated Strengths Coaching Course program.
Date: 30th October 2019
Location: SpingLeaf Tower, 3 Anson Rd #32-01 , S079909
10. Startup Entrepreneur Presentation & Pitching
Participants get to network & learn from each other possible scam & pitfall in business that they will face as well as conduct 8mins- 12min Business Presentation to showcase your businesses to investors, partners on stage and Sell & share your product to everyone with interaction.
Date: Every Friday
Location: Singapore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lounge, International Plaza #13-13, S079903
In conclusion, it is never too late to start investing in your networking. The best way to improve is to try so sign up for events and go for it!