|Prime Netfurking Season|
November and December are when the silly season starts to kick in and office functions and networking events go into overdrive, it is a fabulous time to *netfurk.
November is one of those months where we may start to buy into the mindset of being almost there...almost at the finishing line. This can be a very dangerous thing for our business momentum as we wish away November, party in December and recover for most of January. Practically losing 3 months of our year.
Don't buy into the office and industry talk of 'Oh, December is the quietest month, there is no point working etc..." often Decembers are my busiest months. This is also the time to be creating work for a busy January and February.
Quieter times of the year can also be the best time for you to have time to reflect on where your business is at and where it is heading. To make new plans, to catch up on all the things you haven't had time to do, to integrate and implement new systems and structures into your business. To have time to finally upload all those business card contacts into your database.
It is a fantastic time to contact clients for no other reason than just to say 'hi, how has your year been' and 'have a great Christmas'. As December is a very social month it is the best month of the year to *netfurk as it is when everyone else decides it's appropriate to have client lunches. So organise some drinks, lunches and catch up with your wonderful clients in the months ahead.
Netfurking Success Ideas
1. Looking for places to *netfurk - Try some of these websites
Business chicks - www.businesschicks.com.au
Chambers of Commerce - www.acci.asn.au
Business Networking International - www.bni.com.au
or look into your industry association Christmas party.
2. Carry spare cards with you at all times: it is the easiest way to be growing your business everywhere you go. I find it staggering how many events I attend where people don’t have their business cards on them…or else they have not brought enough with them and run out. I have bundles of spare business cards in my handbag, wallet, jacket pocket, car, desk and everywhere else I can think of. I have won a lot of business through casual conversations turning into contact details being exchanged.