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At Finnies we can advise business owners on many aspects of running and growing a business. The following checklist will help you determine the effectiveness of your networking efforts...
Networking is one of the most effective ways to win new customers or clients, discover new talent, meet new referral sources, and generally stay in touch with developments in your industry and marketplace.
It takes time and commitment to build up and maintain an effective network, but in our experience these are resources well spent.
As with so many aspects of business life, it pays to approach networking in an organised, strategic manner. Take the test below to see how you rate as a networker:
Award yourself one point for every 'Yes' you checked:
10-11 - Outstanding! Personal contacts contribute significantly to your business success
7-9 - You are pretty good at working a room, but could still brush up on a few skills
4-6 - You are probably missing out on potential profit opportunities - remember, no matter how good a conversationalist you are, without a strategy and some planning your networking will be less than 100% efficient.
0-3 - Time for a rethink! Remember that networking opportunities offer more than a chance to attack the hors d'oeuvres. Think about what you really want to achieve from a social event, and devise a plan to meet those goals
If you are looking for support and advice from a team of professional accountants and business advisers, contact Finnies.
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