The Art Of Giving Referrals At Entrepreneur Networking Events

Networking and Referrals go hand! They both involve other people, and they both offer great potential for business opportunities! In this #AskTheFedora, Jarrod discusses the art of giving great referrals at entrepreneur networking events!

A big part of networking is asking for referrals because we all want a referral. Is someone going to refer you after they meet you for the first time…probably not. It’s a matter of developing the trust and the relationship with somebody in order for them to send a referral your way. If you send a poor referral and the person let’s say does not have the business sense or skills to do the job, it reflects poorly on you. When I ask someone for a referral, I often know them well, trust them and respect them. This all takes time to build. What I like to do is connect with people, and if I really like them and trust them then I’d be very happy to send referrals their way.

Do you have a networking question you’d like to ask? Email info (at) esax.ca or tweet your question using #eSAX!

Starring: Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX and Sax Appeal.

With help from Wasim from Storyline Productions and Jessica from Hewett Ripley Communications!

Why Enthusiasm Matters At Networking Events

Today our #AskTheFedora looks at “Why Enthusiasm Matters At Networking Events”.

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You go to so many networking events, so how do you avoid burnout? Every opportunity at a networking event is a way to continue the conversations that you’ve had from previous events. Plus, you’re meeting new people for the first time so it’s a never-ending opportunity to make new connections. When you go out and try to connect with people, you should always be excited and enthusiastic! Sure, some people might have an extra coffee or two (I for one drink a lot in the morning), but it’s so important to always have enthusiasm. So you go to a networking event and a person’s talking to you about their business: “I do this, I’m kind of into that, I’m not sure about this, I don’t like doing that”. They are not leaving a very good impression on the other person because they don’t seem to have the enthusiasm. If you’re an introvert, it might be very difficult to talk about what you do, but you’re business is your passion. You need to express your passion to other people so that they’ll buy into it because people buy into you. As a small business owner you are the business. Whatever networking event you’re going to and you’re meeting somebody for the first time or hundredth time, you need to get that passion out because it’s something that people will remember. Never forget your enthusiasm at networking events because eSAX makes networking work!

Do you have a networking question you’d like to ask? Email info (at) esax.ca or tweet your question using #eSAX!

Starring: Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX and Sax Appeal.

With help from Wasim from Storyline Productions and Jessica from Hewett Ripley Communications!

More Tips To Remember Names At Networking Events

Today our #AskTheFedora offers more tips for remembering names at networking events.

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To me, one of the most challenging things about networking is trying to remember everybody’s name. Because I wear a very distinctive hat, pretty much anybody I have ever met will remember me (plus I always wear a name tag so they even know my name)! But when I meet hundreds of people in-between meeting them for the second time, it’s a tough balance trying to remember everyone’s name. What I like to do is try to remember something specific about that person. Maybe they have the same kind of car as I do, or they grew up in the same city as I did so that I’m able to connect with them.

Do you have a networking question you’d like to ask? Email info (at) esax.ca or tweet your question using #eSAX!

Starring: Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX and Sax Appeal.

With help from Wasim from Storyline Productions and Jessica from Hewett Ripley Communications!

Think Of Networking As A Long-Term Goal

Today our #AskTheFedora video encourages you to look at networking as a long-term goal.

Starring: Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX and Sax Appeal.

With help from Wasim from Storyline Productions and Jessica from Hewett Ripley Communications!

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How do I find the time to balance all the networking events and follow-ups that are required? This is what I treat as a full-time business. It’s people. Because people buy into people. Take the time to respond to every single e-mail that comes your way since the other person took time to write you, it just seems like a courteous thing to do to reply. I spend a lot of my time replying to people, following-up with people, connecting on LinkedIn and entering everyone’s information in my database. I don’t know if it’s going to get me a gig this week, but it may in 6 months or a year from now, especially if you see them at regular events you’re going to continue to build this relationship with people.

Is it Okay to Be Nervous at Networking Events?

Today our #AskTheFedora video looks at the fact that it is okay to be nervous at networking events!

Starring: Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX and Sax Appeal.

With help from Wasim from Storyline Productions and Jessica from Hewett Ripley Communications!

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My favorite thing about networking is meeting someone for the first time. I can tell so many people are nervous about networking and are scared because the social conventions of the day-to-day don’t really apply at networking events. So one of my favorite parts at networking events are meeting somebody for the first time who has never been to a networking event before. I can tell they’re nervous and fidgety and want to give me their business card. So what I try to do is calm them down as I’m in a position to lead the conversation to have them talk about themselves and hopefully learn something about it. For me, it’s such an important skill to how to engage somebody at a networking event.

Don’t forget to register for the next eSAX Ottawa Networking event!

Interpreting Body Language at Networking Events

This week our #AskTheFedora video looks at How To Interpret Body Language at Entrepreneur Networking Events!

Starring: Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX and Sax Appeal.

With help from Wasim from Storyline Productions and Jessica from Hewett Ripley Communications!

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Of all the networking events I’ve been to, the one thing I’ve really come across is that picking up on body language is so important as a networking skill. Next time you’re at an event, look at the person, look at the way their standing, their tone of voice, if they are looking over your shoulder to see if there is anyone else in the room to connect to. What I’m paying attention to at a networking event is the non-verbal body language. Then you can adjust the way you talk to that person. If they are very shy, you don’t want to be in their face, you want to stand off to the side a little bit. Because eSAX Makes Networking Work!

Don’t forget to register for the next eSAX Ottawa Networking event!

Some Tips To Remember Names At Networking Events

Today our #AskTheFedora offers some tips for remembering names at networking events!

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You go to a networking and someone tells you their name and all of a sudden it goes right out your other ear. I’m really bad at learning someone’s name. What I try to do, (if they are wearing a name tag), I’d suggest you do not just stare down at their chest (that doesn’t look very good from either party). If you’re talking to someone and the person looks away for a second then I think it’s ok to quickly look down to see if you can catch their name. I always try to look for something a little bit different about the person. Maybe they have a really cool pair of glasses, or they are wearing a really neat belt, and I’ll try to equate what they’re wearing to their name. Yes, it might be a little tough next time you meet them because they might not be wearing the same thing, but the more you see someone, the more likely it will be that you can connect their name to them.

Starring: Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX and Sax Appeal.

With help from Wasim from Storyline Productions and Jessica from Hewett Ripley Communications!

Your Networking Survival Kit

Today our #AskTheFedora answers the question of what to keep in your networking survival kit!

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How many times have you been to a networking event and a person says “I forgot my business cards or they’re in my other purse”. Always leave an extra stack in your car just in case so you can run back and get some. There was one event where I forgot my hat because I biked to the event. Eighteen different people came up to me and asked me where was my hat. Ever since then I keep it in the car. As a survival kit I always suggest keeping a little pill bottle of multi-vitamins and vitamin C; bottled water, extra business cards and your name tag. But make sure your name tag doesn’t get scratched or damaged in any way so put them into a little box. And then you’ll never run out of the essential networking necessities.

Starring: Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX and Sax Appeal.

With help from Wasim from Storyline Productions and Jessica from Hewett Ripley Communications!

What’s The Purpose of a Business Card

Today our #AskTheFedora discusses the purpose of a business card.

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You walk out of a networking event with 30 business cards…what do you do? After many years of trial and error, I decided to put everybody I ever met on a database. On that database, I include where I met the person, what was said, when I followed-up with them. And then I connect with the person on LinkedIn. Then the business cards ends-up in a box. I rarely look at them again. The purpose of a business card is to get you to follow-up with somebody. Put them on a database so that you can easily access that person’s contact information in the future, to not only connect with them yourself, but to send referrals to other people.

Starring: Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX and Sax Appeal.

With help from Wasim from Storyline Productions and Jessica from Hewett Ripley Communications!

Ask the Fedora: Some Smart Networking Tips You Should Use

Today our #AskTheFedora shares some smart networking tips you should use!

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My philosophy to ‘smart’ networking is when you go up to someone for the first time, please don’t just say “here’s my business card; you need me, I’m so great and I’ll make your life so much better”. No. The purpose to a smart networking event is to connect with someone in a way that’s not a sales-pitch; that’s not a way to get them to hire you on the spot. To me, the smart way to network is to ask them questions about themselves. People like talking about themselves. It makes you in a better position when you become a good listener. That’s a very important skill in networking and I encourage you all to try talking less; listening more.

Starring: Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX and Sax Appeal.

With help from Wasim from Storyline Productions and Jessica from Hewett Ripley Communications!