Attending Accountex Summit Manchester? Networking tips to make the most of it
Get ready to mark your calendars! The much-anticipated Accountex Summit Manchester is just around the corner. Bright is thrilled to be part of this incredible event taking place on the 19th of September. We're looking forward to stepping out of the office and diving into a day filled with insightful conversations and exciting networking opportunities, and we'd love to connect with as many of you as possible. We'll be stationed at Stand E15, eagerly waiting to meet, greet, and discuss the latest trends in the industry.
If you're looking for some networking tips before the event, we've got you covered with four quick and essential tips. Let’s break them down as simply as we can:
1. Don’t focus on yourself
When networking, it’s important to focus on the other person, not yourself. Don’t talk about your own accomplishments or brag about your business – listen to what the other person has to say and find ways to connect with them. You should be prepared to tell them a little bit about yourself and your business, as it is a two-way conversation, but make sure to find the right balance to be engaging and informative and not appear ‘me, me, me’.
2. Don’t be too pushy
It’s important to be assertive when networking, but you don’t want to be too pushy – and it is a fine line. If you come across as too aggressive, people will be less likely to want to do business with you. Instead, focus on building relationships. This way business opportunities will come naturally, which will give you the best chance of conversion. One of the best ways to do this is to keep a positive attitude and listen attentively when others are talking.
3. Follow up with contacts after the event
One of the biggest mistakes people make when networking is not following up afterwards. If you make a connection and meet someone at an event, make it a priority to follow up with them in the following days via email or LinkedIn. This will help keep the relationship alive and could lead to future business opportunities.
4. Don’t show up unprepared
One of the worst things you can do when networking is to show up unprepared. Make sure you know who you’re going to meet and do your research on them. Come up with some conversation starters and have a few business cards ready to hand out. Here’s another pro tip – automate your preparation (you’d be amazed what ChatGPT can do!).
Looking for more tips?
If you’re looking for an accountant’s ultimate guide to networking, filled with reasons to do it, how to maximise your efforts and how AI can make event preparation a breeze, then our free guide, Kudos and connections: An accountant’s guide to kickstarting their networking efforts is only a download away.
Written by Joe Moore | Bright
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