The second installment in the series of our BRAND NEW virtual lunchtime talks, ‘Light Bites’ welcomed Networking expert, Philippa Constable, who hosted an engaging discussion on the power of networking and how to make it work for you.
Philippa is well-known within the business community for her incredible networking expertise and being the founder and owner of the widely acclaimed networking organisations, We Mean Biz and Women Mean Biz, which is now the largest business networking platform for professional woman in the South West.
In this session, Philippa helps us to explore how to network with authenticity, sharing her personal journey, and experiences to offer tips and advice on how to network effectively and achieve the best results.
So, weather you are new to networking, familiar or a dab hand at these events, you will most definitely be able to take something away from this discussion with Philippa to help you on your networking journey, read on to find out more…
How it all began
Philippa has an extensive background in business development and sales and decided to start networking to make connections and meet potential clients after buying her first business back in 2005. Like many of us at the beginning of our networking journeys, Philippa found herself nervous, anxious and unsure of what to expect from the event but as time went on, Philippa’s passion for networking grew, leading her to become a business networking expert, speaker and trainer. However, Philippa found that there was something missing from all these networking groups and wanted to create a supportive and friendly environment for businesswomen to connect in which is when she launched Women Mean Biz in 2008. After the huge success of this networking group, Philippa then decided to branch out and launch We Mean Biz to accommodate both women and men from the business community.
What is Networking?
Networking is the process of interacting with others who can be helpful to one another professionally. These groups are aimed to provide business owners with the space to meet others and plant relations which over time, can become a great friendship and ally within the business world.
Networking is NOT collecting contacts for your database!
Where to start
So, before you book on to that networking event, Philippa suggests taking a few things into consideration which will help you on your journey.
How to be effective
What is your networking strategy?
This is Philippa’s strategy to networking but as mentioned before, to get from 1 – 5, takes time and trust but is absolutely worth putting the effort in for!
Remember, it’s not who you know, its who knows you, and the more you network, the more visible you become!
Mistakes of Networking
Remember that business is about personal contact, no matter how busy your workload, everyone should try and make time to network. If you approach networking using Philippa’s tips and strategies, then you should achieve better results for both you and your business.
‘If people like you, they listen to you. If people trust you, they will do business with you.’
Philippa is always looking for guest speakers for her networking events and would love to hear from those who are interesting in speaking opportunities to build their profile and show expertise. You can get in contact with Philippa at email@example.com. Alternatively, you can connect with Philippa on LinkedIn.
If you would like to attend one of Philippa’s networking groups, these are the nearest groups that are available locally and can also be found on Facebook;
If you would like to attend our next Light Bites virtual lunchtime talk, our next instalment in the series will see the return of inspirational writer and professional speaker, Simon Tyler. Simon, one of the world’s leading business coaches will be hosting this session on Thursday 24th September 1-2pm via Zoom.
Join us for your ‘lunch break’ and enjoy an engaging discussion from Simon as well as a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with those from the business community from the comfort of your own home!
Tickets can be booked here: https://www.heywoodhouse.com/events-calendar/