Valley Library of Networking and Events

Think about why you are going. There are so many events you could spend all day, every day at one event or another but look at the list of events and make sure there is a valid reason for you to attend. (And getting a free breakfast isn’t one of them!!!) When I started out I attended 3-4 a week to help build up my business. I now do 1 or 2, you have to find the balance that is right for you.

When considering events they usually come in 5 categories

  • Speed Networking – You will sit with other and do a 1-2 minute pitch, when everyone has done there’s you move on to the next table until everyone is. This can also be done online
  • Informal networking – Meeting with other business owners – can be less effective and more difficult for you to get across what you do as they can end up with people splitting off into groups of people they already know
  • Business lunches – very often organised by sporting organisations
  • Events – Golf Days – behind the scenes at …
  • Exhibitions and Themed programmes – These tend to be theme around a particular purpose and will go on longer than the average networking event so there is an opportunities to have good conversations

Top Tips

  1. Before attending, make sure you have an informal mini pitch prepared and think about how you are memorable. Don’t just list the services you offer, why should they remember you over your competitors.
  2. Don’t be too pushy, these events are ways to build your connections in the first instance not to make a sale.
  3. You’ll need to be prepared to be there 10 minutes before it starts and stay all the way through to the end. If it is an exhibition they are more flexible for you to come and go as you need to but with networking events usually it is expected that you will be there for the duration.
  4. If you can’t make it let the organiser know – don’t just not show up. You will get a reputation for being a no show.
  5. What can you bring to the table, remember this is a way to build your brand and being helpful is one of the best ways to be remembered
  6. Be Social – check in, tag, message or post. This is a great way to continue to build exposure before and after the event

I regularly search through the events in South and West Yorkshire Regions. I have created a “Valley Library of Events” below. These are the ones that I have found to be useful and have helped me to build connections, get support and ultimately find new clients.

I am not paid or asked to list the events below and have no control over the events, registrations and costs. Every listing has the organiser link within it, you will need to click on these to be able to book your place.

Whilst every effort is made to keep these listings up to date and accurate, they may be changed by the organiser at short notice which is beyond our control. Please ensure that you keep the details sent to you directly from the organiser for the most up to date info.

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Join us for an exclusive breakfast networking morning at The Ministry in Rotherham on Thursday 25th May from 9 am – 11 am.

Located in the heart of Rotherham, The Ministry is a stunning venue that is sure to impress. With its modern, industrial design and impressive amenities, it’s the perfect place to meet and network with other local professionals.

This event is open to all local business professionals, from startups to established businesses. So, don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals and grow your professional network.

We’re committed to providing a valuable networking experience that helps you grow your business and build meaningful connections. That’s why we’ve designed a programme that includes:

  • Our enthusiastic Chamber team will be on hand to break the ice and help you connect with other attendees.
  • Start your day right with a delicious pastry with a tea or coffee to kickstart your morning and fuel your networking efforts.

Whether you’re looking for new business opportunities, or partnerships or simply want to meet new people in your industry, this event is not to be missed. Our Business Breakfast Networking Morning is the perfect opportunity to expand your network, learn something new, and have fun while doing it.

Don’t miss out on this exciting new event. Book your ticket today and join us at The Ministry on Thursday 25th May from 9 am – 11 am for a morning of networking and pastries!

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