Haircut? Check. Business cards? Check. The right frame of mind? That's the really important one.
There is definitely value to be gained from being a part of the right organizations, and it's something every entrepreneur should be considering.
Don't neglect the opportunity you have to create the network you need with the people who are already sitting at your table.
Be realistic, Business holiday parties have nothing to do with eat, drink or be merry.
Virtual meetings can be useful in certain circumstances, but there are many reasons why in-person events are more effective for businesses.
Think about networks, connections and relationships. Think Hemingway and Van Gogh.
Sommeliers with an entrepreneurial spirit volunteer once a year to take great wine and meet their peers.
Email, like any social tool, is an opportunity to build relationships, and more importantly, build up people.
Good networking is all about making an investment before asking for a withdrawal.
There is no better conversational tactic than making the other person certain you are paying attention when they speak.
Ready To Launch
You'll be broke and overworked in the beginning of a new business venture, but there will be lots of light at the end of the tunnel.
Have your opening line ready and find something useful to do. You're good to go.
Eskimos have dozens of words to describe snow. Business people have an equally vast vocabulary of euphemisms for meeting strangers in hopes of making some money.
Most of the people you meet won't buy what you are selling but every one of them knows somebody who might.