International Networking Week, celebrated from February 4th to 10th, offers a prime opportunity to spotlight the immense value of networking in the business world.
International Networking Week, celebrated from February 4th to 10th, offers a prime opportunity to spotlight the immense value of networking in the business world. For over three decades, PRowl Communications has harnessed the power of networking to build a robust and thriving business. This success story is a testament to the strategic and purposeful engagement in various networking groups. Over the years, Debi Katsmar has started a variety of networking groups demonstrating her proactive involvement in initiating and leading networking groups, such as Clients & Cocktails Networking with PRowl, now in its 10th year - networking has been played a pivotal role in her business growth.
The Benefits of Networking for Your Business
Networking is not just about exchanging business cards; it's about building enduring relationships, gaining new insights, and fostering mutual support among business peers. Here are several key benefits:
Regular participation in networking groups keeps you and your business in the spotlight, making it easier to be remembered and referred.
Access to Opportunities:
Networking can lead to a plethora of opportunities, including business leads, partnerships, client referrals, or even new ventures.
It's a chance to exchange information, learn from others’ experiences, and gain fresh perspectives that can help in making informed business decisions.
A strong network provides a support system of like-minded professionals who can offer advice, support, and encouragement.
How to Network Effectively
Be Genuine: Networking is about building trust and relationships, not just about what you can get out of the connection.
Listen More: You'll learn more about how to help others and how they can help you if you listen more than you speak.
Prepare Your Pitch: Know how to succinctly describe what you do and what makes your business stand out.
Follow Up: After meeting someone, follow up with a message or email to express your pleasure in meeting them and to reiterate how you might help each other.
Networking Groups to Join
- Clients & Cocktails Networking with PRowl: A decade-long tradition that meets every Friday, offering a relaxed environment for networking.
- Business Builders Niagara: A referral group that meets on Thursday mornings, fostering strong business relationships and referrals.
- Niagara Board of Trade and Commerce: Participating as a board member, this organization is pivotal in promoting business interests in the Niagara region.
- Networking in Niagara: A Facebook group managed by Debi, focusing on Niagara-based businesses and networking opportunities.
- Networking Now: A hybrid networking and referral group meeting online most weeks, in person once a month - great group of businesses dedicated to promoting each other.
If you would like information on any of the above groups please reach out to us - we'll gladly get you the details....
In recognition of International Networking Week, PRowl Communications is proud to offer a one-month group networking program designed to teach effective networking skills. There can be a learning curve if you have never done it... This program, guided by Debi Katsmar's extensive experience, blends online meetings with in-person networking events, providing participants with the tools and confidence needed to network successfully. Whether you're looking to enhance your networking skills or expand your business connections, this program offers a unique opportunity to learn from one of the best. Contact us today for details and to join the waiting list. (put Networking Waiting List in the subject line). Or just find out more about how we can help you network with purpose and achieve your business goals.