Dos and Don’ts for Digital Networking

You may have heard the advice before to network in order to benefit your career, even if you’re still in college. However, networking can feel unnatural and insincere. Trying to do it online can add an extra layer of difficulty because you can’t see people’s body language or hear their tone of voice. But online networking is a great way to expand your connections beyond both your geographic and professional limitations. The online world can be a great leveller; you may find yourself in conversation with someone prominent in your industry that you’d never the opportunity to talk to in person. The tips below can help you avoid common pitfalls of online networking.

Do Understand Networking

If you think of words like insincere and selfish when you think about networking, then you’re going about it the wrong way. It should be neither of these things; instead, it should be about connecting with other people in your field and building mutually beneficial relationships. In order to become a better networker, you need to practice and do it often, so it becomes second nature and part of your routine instead of feeling awkward and chore-like.

Don’t Start by Asking for Things

The first time you connect with a superstar in your industry or the industry that you hope to work in can be heady. You may feel as though this is the time to be bold and go ahead and ask them for a big favor or something similar, but there are a few things wrong with this approach. First, this person doesn’t know you at all; connecting online is even more ephemeral than if you connected in person. Second, there’s no reason to rush into things since social media offers you a really unique opportunity to make low-stakes bids for connection over a period of weeks or months before taking the plunge. Finally, it just doesn’t look good, and not just to the person you’re asking. It makes you appear awkward and not conscious of social norms, not a great look if you’re trying to get attention in an industry you love.

Do Offer Something of Value

Cultivate an online persona as someone who is polite, friendly, and helpful. You don’t have to send money or spend enormous amounts of time doing things for others but providing useful advice to those who ask for it and responding in a friendly way to queries, even if you’re saying no, will take you a long way. If you’re still in school and feel as though you may not have much to offer, think again. You can give advice on getting into school and succeeding. There are options like a private student loan to help pay for your education, you can explain the process to others, showing them how it’s relatively easy to apply and giving them some pointers on what to look for in a lender. They’ll remember your helpfulness and may repay it in kind later.

Don’t Overemphasise Status

As the section above points out, digital networking is not just about what others can do for you. It’s also about helping those who aren’t yet where you are. You never know when those people will be in a position to help you in turn. There’s a saying in show business that can apply to every industry that urges you to be nice to people on the way up because you’ll meet them again on the way down. That doesn’t mean every career trajectory is doomed to failure, but it’s good to keep in mind that you never know who a valued colleague could be or even your boss in the future.

Top Benefits of Networking for Your Business

Networking is the most important thing you can do to grow your business. It is an essential activity that should be utilised throughout all stages of your personal and professional life.

There are a number of benefits to networking, such as learning and development, creating new business opportunities and getting support.

Building a business takes discipline and consistency, so it’s good to have a network of peers to draw energy from. By surrounding yourself with people who share similar goals, you are more likely to move forward as a group. Your network is your net worth.

Below is a list of the top benefits of networking for your business:

Trusted Connections

Networking is about forming trust and helping one another toward goals. Regularly engaging with your connections to assist them helps to strengthen the relationship. By doing this, you sow the seeds for reciprocal assistance when you need help to achieve your own goals.

New Ideas

Exchanging ideas, experiences and goals is a key benefit of networking. If you’re struggling with a decision, challenge or new direction, calling up a trusted connection can be beneficial to both of you, as they will in turn think of you when next they have a challenge.

Public Profile

Being visible is a massive benefit of networking. Raising your public profile within professional circles will also help you stand out to new clients, who are always on the lookout for trusted contacts and who may be more likely to approach you with business opportunities.

Industry Developments

Networking is a great opportunity to stay abreast of the latest industry developments. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on what kinds of articles your peers are sharing on Advisory Excellence. They may include a solution to the problem you are facing.

Advice and Support

As long as you have a strong network of trusted connections, you can be confident that someone within your sphere will be able to answer even your toughest questions.

Bring Mingling To A New Level: How To Organise A Corporate Event

When it comes to corporate events, mingling is key. Organising a successful corporate event requires careful planning and execution in order to bring people together and create an enjoyable experience for all. Here are some tips on how to organise a corporate event that will bring people together and leave them wanting more.

1. Choose the right venue

The venue you choose for your corporate event can make or break the experience. It’s important to pick a space that is both comfortable and stylish so that guests feel at ease and are able to mingle freely. If the event is to be held outdoors, make sure there is plenty of shade and seating available.

According to, “the best corporate event venues are those that make mingling easy.” It’s also important to consider the acoustics of the space and whether or not it will be conducive to conversation. Additionally, make sure the venue is large enough to accommodate the number of guests you are expecting. This will ensure that everyone has enough room to move around and mingle.

2. Serve food and drinks

Food and drinks are always a welcome addition to any corporate event. They provide a way for guests to mingle and socialise while enjoying some refreshments. When planning the menu, be sure to include a variety of options so that everyone can find something they like. It’s also important to consider any dietary restrictions that your guests may have.

Make sure to have non-alcoholic options available as well. Additionally, be sure to have enough staff on hand to serve the food and drinks so that guests don’t have to wait in line. If you’re looking to save money, you can ask guests to bring their own food and drinks.

3. Provide entertainment

Entertainment is a great way to keep guests entertained and encourage them to mingle. There are a variety of options to choose from, so be sure to pick something that will appeal to your target audience. If you’re not sure what type of entertainment to provide, you can ask guests for suggestions or hire a professional event planner.

Additionally, make sure to have a backup plan in case the entertainment doesn’t go as planned. It’s also important to consider the noise level of the entertainment so that it doesn’t drown out conversation. This is especially important if you’re planning on having speeches or presentations at the event.

4. Set up a photobooth

A photo booth is a great way to add some fun to your corporate event. Guests can take photos with friends or colleagues and dress up in costumes or props. This is a great way to encourage people to mingle and have some fun. Make sure to have plenty of photo booth accessories on hand so that guests can let their creativity shine. Additionally, be sure to have someone available to help operate the photo booth and print out the photos for guests.

If you’re looking to save money, you can set up a photo booth using your own camera and printer.

5. Plan interactive games

Interactive games are a great way to get people talking and laughing. They’re also a great icebreaker for guests who may not know each other well. There are a variety of games you can play, so be sure to choose ones that will appeal to your target audience. If you’re not sure what type of games to play, you can ask guests for suggestions or hire a professional event planner. Additionally, make sure to have prizes available for the winners of the games.

This will provide an incentive for people to participate.

6. Create a fun atmosphere

The atmosphere of your corporate event can make or break the experience. It’s important to create an atmosphere that is both stylish and fun so that guests feel at ease and are able to mingle freely. One way to do this is to choose a theme for the event and decorate accordingly. This will help set the tone for the event and get people in the mood to party. Make sure to include plenty of lights and music so that the space feels alive and vibrant. Additionally, be sure to have a variety of activities available so that guests can find something they enjoy.

Organising a corporate event can be a lot of work, but it’s worth it when you see your guests mingling and having a good time. By following these tips, you can ensure that your event is a success. Food and drinks, entertainment, and games are all great ways to encourage people to mingle. Be sure to also create a fun and inviting atmosphere so that guests feel comfortable and are able to relax and enjoy themselves. With a little planning, you can throw an event that everyone will be talking about for weeks to come.

Advisory Excellence Reaches 50k Business People via Social Media

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3 Simple Steps to Becoming a Better Networker

I’ve always been a natural extrovert in school and in business. I find it easy to socialise with others and connect with them personally and professionally. When I first embarked on my entrepreneurial journey and left the practice of law, I used to attend as many local networking events as possible. I deemed it important to get out there and connect with other business professionals to build both my brand and network for prospective clients, speaking engagements, and other business opportunities.

I realise that networking is not easy or simple for everyone. There are some who fear being in large crowds of people they do not know at networking events and being forced to strike up a conversation with someone they have little synergy with. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, you can build solid networking skills through these 3 simple steps:

Attend as Many Networking Events as Possible

I am sure you have heard many say, “You need to put yourself out there if you want to meet the right person.” Networking is a lot like dating. In order to find a date, you need to put yourself out there in the limelight, and practice makes perfect.

First, find out where the local networking events are in your community. A great place to start is your local chamber of commerce and other leadership organisations that are industry-specific. Many groups will offer the first event free to all guests. Some events may be as high £180 for a lunch. Either way, if you meet your next business contact or potential boss, suddenly that fee becomes pennies and the reward outweighs the risk. But don’t forget to dress professional to the networking event. Treat it like a series of mini interviews.

Bring Business Cards & Don’t Forget to Take Business Cards from Others

Every person you meet is an opportunity. A key step to networking is having your own professional image and brand. Don’t make the mistake of showing up to a networking event without a stack of professional business cards.

Make sure the business card has your name, professional title (i.e. Managing Director) or industry (i.e. Finance), phone number, email (keep it professional), and Linkedin URL. Before you put your Linkedin URL on your new personal business card, ensure that you have a customised URL.

When you go to networking events, take a business card from each person you meet and give them your business card. Easy and done, right? Not so fast.

Following-up is the most important part of networking. Always follow-up with each person you meet. Get on their contact list. Tell them you hope to see them at the next event (which may open the door to them inviting you to an event you didn’t know about!). Invite them to have lunch or coffee the next week. Being consistent and committed is key.

Connect on Linkedin & Beyond

If you are going to attend networking events and build connections on Linkedin with attendees from the events (which of course I highly recommend), make sure your Linkedin profile is fully optimised with a powerful headline, compelling summary, and details of your experience. It’s important that the image you put out at the networking events matches your digital footprint — i.e. your personal brand aligns. You never know where this connection may lead.

Develop a rapport with other professionals and connect on a greater level through Linkedin. Share and comment on each other’s content. Engage with one another beyond just being a connection. Join groups they are members of and possibly connect with their connections.