How to spring clean your Oxfordshire networking pitch
Is your networking pitch feeling fusty and dusty? Do the people you pitch to look tired and uninspired? Perhaps it’s time for a good spring clean. So muster your feather dusters, and let’s take a look at how you can throw out what isn’t working, and polish what remains to perfection.
If you’ve been to a networking session, you might have taken part in that peculiar ritual: the pitch. At some sessions, participants will take it in turns to stand up and let the group know what they are up to. The problem is that without care and attention, pitches can become predictable – and even boring.
Networking can be cringy, so why bother?
Some people love to network – the opportunity to meet new people, learn new things, and make new connections. But to others, networking can be so cringy. It can make the best of us shrivel up inside with the anticipation of ‘working a room’.
If you’re the kind of person who runs the other way when you see a networking session listed on a conference agenda, it might be because you have the fear of ‘the cringe’: those awkward moments when someone does something embarrassing, or says something that goes against your sense of what’s courteous. Worse still, it might be you making the faux pas…
How to ruthlessly choose your Oxfordshire networking group in 2020
By its very nature, networking is successful where there is mutual respect and support. Networking is a time for forging relationships; an opportunity for collaboration over shared interests; a place for active listening. But here’s a secret: before you join an Oxfordshire networking group, we also think you should be utterly ruthless.
There are lots of networking groups out there, and you need to make sure you find the right one for you. Whether you’re self-employed or you run a business, your time is valuable, and you shouldn’t spend it drifting from one disappointing networking experience to another.
So before you join a new networking group, ask yourself a few questions: