September 10, 2010
A bonus from going to a networking group every week:
Practice, Practice, Practice.
We had a new member of our networking group. He was a young guy, probably pretty good at what he did (surveying). But he was “technical smart”, not “business smart”. He could survey a plot down to the inch. But in front of a group of professionals, he never made eye contact. He shifted from foot to foot. He didn’t speak up. That was when he first arrived. By the time it came to renew his membership a year later he had changed. He dressed better.
He was more comfortable speaking up, spoke clearly, and made sense. Once in a while he even added a bit of humor.
There are benefits to going to a networking group every week, in addition to growing a business. It’s honing presentation skills with Practice, Practice, Practice.