Which ‘type’ are YOU ?

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How many business cards do you bring to an After Hours ? How many times do you ATTEND After Hours events ? How many After Hours events allow you the chance to meet NEW PEOPLE ?

There is no “right” answer to this one. You know when you walk into a group of people sometimes if this will be a good fit for you and if you will eventually join. Some groups that have been around for years have very strict and written-out guidelines which are adhered to…period. Others are much more laid back and informal. Sometimes it depends on the type of business you have; sometimes it depends upon the type of person you are, but rest assured, there is a group out there for everyone. You will learn quickly that even “after hours” events are different and appeal to a variety of tastes.

For example, I have attended after-hours events where there is barely a sober person left in the joint, and I have attended black tie after hours events with upwards of 900 people where the food was served on trays by perfectly attired wait staff. Make sure you research where you are going and always have a plan, even for these events. You may have a chance to look, via the internet, at the attendee list prior to showing up. That is a bonus, to be sure. Use that information to your extreme advantage and if there is a VIP who will be attending, do a little info check on that person so you can be quite the conversationalist if you get to meet him or her in person.

It is the funniest thing to me that someone who relies mostly on networking to market themselves and/or their business that they do not carry business cards with them at all times! You simply never know when you will meet someone, strike up that conversation and both of you realize that they need your product or service and you do not have a business card with you. What is wrong with that picture?

Whether your group is strict or not, or whether you are attending a meeting during business hours or after business hours, be sure you are prepared to talk business if the need presents itself. Too much to eat or drink is never a great idea, and when you are out, be sure to have a way for people to contact you. Once everyone gets home or back to the office, without that contact information, it will be difficult to follow up.

Cathy Weaver

Cathy Weaver began Networking full time in June of 2008, when she founded her Miracles With Water company. She started Networking all over the Greater Kansas City area and was soon referred to as a ‘Master Networker’. Her involvement in these groups over the years has actually awarded her designations such as 2012 Volunteer of the Year for the Olathe Chamber of Commerce; a four-time Bartlett-Olson Membership Achievement Award Recipient; and Cathy was voted into the KC Magazine’s 2013 Class of Most Influential Women. In 2018, Cathy was selected as the Kansas Women Business Advocate of the Year by the Kansas Department of Commerce. With the success of her Kangen Water business, dba Miracles With Water, Cathy also found the time to write 3 books: "Networking On Steroids" published in 2012, "He Hit The Clouds Running...and never looked back" published in 2017 and "Networking On Steroids PQ" published in 2020. From #water to #networking to #grief and beyond, Cathy may be that person YOU would like to have speak to your group, virtually, of course.

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