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8 ways to stand out from the crowd in your networking group
By Brenda Thomson
Of course if you have a unique personal style – always wear a bright pink jacket or a funny hat that’s one way to stand out from a crowd but if you are more conservative here are a few other ideas to think about. The idea is to become the person everyone knows. Here are 8 ideas to help…
- Arrive early and help the organiser. The front of house role is a great way to get to meet all the guests.
- Be a connector – learn who everyone is and look for ways to introduce people who may enjoy meeting one another.
- Be a sponsor
- Be a speaker
- Offer to fill the MC role
- Volunteer for a committee role
- Give a door prize
- Offer something that adds value to the event or the group in some way… . This is obvious for some professions e.g. photographers or videographers or event organisers or caterers or venues can all easily provide additional value. However every profession or business can come up with some sort of helper or sponsorship role without it needing to cost a fortune or take up massive amounts of time, just by thinking creatively. Think how your skills or products or services can benefit the organisation or your fellow members and offer to help.
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CEO and Founder, Synergy48 Group
Brenda has an honours degree in organizational psychology and a Graduate Certificate in training and development and she is an experienced trainer, facilitator and counsellor. She is a firm believer in mutual collaboration combined with a practical, hands on tools, strategies and systems as the most effective way to achieve real results in business.
Brenda has over 20 years of experience training in communication, team work, time management, productivity, organisation and strategic planning in large organisations. She is also the developer of the Business Benchmarking Toolkit used by Synergy48 Group members and clients to identify areas for improvement in their business processes.
Brenda is a sought after mentor, speaker and trainer in the areas of strategic partnerships and networking with a difference. She is passionate about actively giving back to the community. In addition to donating her speaking fees and a proportion of every Synergy48 Group membership to provide microfinance to help women in Malawi to start their own businesses, Brenda has climbed the Himalayas to raise money for Kids Help Line and helped lay a pipeline to supply water to a remote village in Tanzania.