First Time Networkers. Growing your Business.

The first small step in building a foundation of credible contacts

Whether you have a new start-up business or you are an established business looking for a new way to increase sales, networking is a tried and tested formula to help you grow your business.

It is perfectly normal to feel a little nervous before your first time networking. Anything new can be a little daunting but the team at Sterling are a supportive one and will help you every step of the way. Even the registration of a meeting is quick and painless providing a comprehensive overview of how our networking meeting works and how to get the most out of your first-time networking. Your Group Leader will guide you through every step of the meeting and are always on hand to answer your questions before, during and after the meeting.

Preparing for your first networking meeting

To get the most out of your first-time networking, take a little time to think about what you would like to achieve from the meeting. Is it raising the profile of your business? Making connections? To have a better understanding of how networking works?... Your aims for networking will help you to focus your visit to the group and ensure you have the best experience possible.

An up-to-date business card is one the easiest ways to ensure every business person in the room understands quickly what you do and how to contact you after the meeting. Bring plenty of business cards to your first networking meeting, between 30 to 40 cards, depending on the size of the networking group you are attending.

Your 60 seconds introduction

All Sterling Networking Groups have a relaxed atmosphere which will instantly put you at ease when you enter the room. In your 60 seconds presentation at the meeting, you will be invited to tell members and other guests what you do and how you add value to your customers. Practice your 60 seconds introduction before the meeting and bring notes if you are uncertain how to structure your presentation. Even the most seasoned networkers can get nervous before their 60 seconds but with practise, this can be the most enjoyable part of the meeting. You get to talk about YOU and YOUR business.

During the meeting, don’t forget to take notes and identify contacts who you would like to develop further conversations with after the meeting.

After the meeting

Following the meeting either the Group Leader or Sterling HQ will contact you for feedback regarding the meeting. There will also be an option to revisit the group if you’d like to attend again, if you are considering membership.

If you are new to networking and would like to know more about visiting a Sterling Network for the first time, please call 01905 947150 or alternatively email

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