Quick Networking Tips You Won't Want to Miss

Networking is a proven way to help grow your business at the Lake of the Ozarks. It's important to get out and mingle with fellow business owners and potential customers. This not only gets your business in front of others, but it's also a great way to build visibility. The more exposure you and your business get, the more people will start to easily recognize your business.

Many people believe networking is intimidating but it doesn't have to be! Just like with most things, the more you do it - the more comfortable you'll become. Lucky for you (and your business) the Lake West Chamber hosts a networking social once a month. It's the ideal way to get out and gain exposure for your venture. If you're nervous about attending a networking event or simply just don't know what to do at an event like that - take a look below for some quick and easy tips!

Arrive Early

Many networking events are a few hours in length. Try to arrive when the event starts. This is a great way to introduce yourself to others as they enter the room. It can also be less intimidating to enter a room as an event is getting started versus walking into a room full of people who are ready busy networking with one another.

Bring Plenty of Cards

Business cards are a great way to exchange information with fellow business professionals. It's also an impactful way to leave an impression on someone you meet. They may go through their cards at the office the next day and think of how they want to use your business for a certain service or product. It's a unique way to stay top of mind with other networkers you meet!

Use the Businesses you Meet

Instead of waiting for someone you meet while networking to call you - try calling on them for a service you may need. People like to do business with other people and networking is a great way to meet more people! Expand your network and meet other local business owners and associates by networking at an upcoming event!

Set a Goal Beforehand

As you plan to attend a networking event, set a goal. Instead of talking to the same people you always visit with (which we encourage, as well), try to meet three new people. Getting to know new people in your area is a huge benefit for your business! It's a good idea to set a new goal with each event you attend.

**There will be no networking social in December, we look forward to seeing you all in January!

What are you waiting for? Make plans to attend our next networking social in January. We look forward to providing a comfortable environment for you to start polishing your networking skills. With the above tips, you're ready to come out to our next networking event at the Lake of the Ozarks! The Lake West Chamber of Commerce enjoys providing the ideal place for our members and future members to get together and network! Please join us at our next event!

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