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Business Networking: How To Master Your Body Language

Business Networking: How To Master Your Body Language

Business Networking: How To Master Your Body LanguageOne of the benefits of networking with people face-to-face vs. online is that you can gauge their reactions and get a “read” on them. At the same time, they can do the same with you. You only have the one chance to make that all-important first impression; it’s already made before you even lean in and introduce yourself. If you’re an introvert, feel shy, or don’t like groups of people, business networking can seem like your own personal hell.

This article will share with you the 4 areas of body language and how to master them for effective networking, even if you’re petrified inside!

Here are four of the most important components of body language that you need to pay attention to when you’re networking for business:

Eye Contact in Business Networking

If there is no other body language you focus on, it should be eye contact. The best networkers use their eyes to communicate the feeling that you are the person they are most interested in at that moment.  Never let your eyes drift to other people in the room, as if you’re looking for someone better to talk to, or be constantly looking over someone’s shoulder to see if there’s someone you’d rather talk to instead.

Even if you are nervous, look at the person you are talking to. Not in a serial killer, or teenage infatuation can’t take your eyes off of them way but in a normal, I’m interested in what you say kind of way.

Practice having a conversation with a friend, preferably in a room full of people, and ask them for feedback afterward on what your eye contact felt like. Did they feel as if you were not fully engaged? Did they feel like you were “staring them down?” Feedback on eye contact is important, you don’t want to send the wrong message yet you don’t want to appear disinterested.

Your posture when business networking

Did your mother ever tell you to stand up straight? The way you stand can communicate how open you are to being approached, your energy level, your professionalism, and even the way you were brought up.

Make sure you do stand up straight, but not as if you’re on parade. You want to appear open and friendly, not rigid and formal. If you slouch, you may look tired or unenthusiastic. If you’re tired, take a seat, and if your heels are killing you, slip them off under the table.

Find a happy medium where you stand up straight with your shoulders back, far enough away from the other person to allow personal space, and with a sense of energy and purpose.

Arm movements when networking

Waving not drowning? How do you know? Gestures and where you put your hands when you’re not using them are both elements of body language that communicate different things. Waving your arms around while you talk may seem to portray excitement, but it can also be distracting for the other person who won’t know where to look.

Putting your hands in your back pockets may be more casual and comfortable, but it can also look unprofessional. Crossing your arms is also a big no-no in many circles since it communicates a resistance to new ideas.

You may be completely unaware of your common gestures, so ask a friend to pay attention to them during a practice conversation.

Facial expressions

People will be looking at your face more than anywhere else, so be careful of your facial expressions. If you frown at what someone is saying, they will immediately assume you disagree or disapprove. Worse, someone may capture that on camera or see it from across the room.

Mona Lisa had it right. Keeping a slight smile on your face is a good habit to practice no matter what situation you’re in. It makes you look warm and friendly – like someone that others would like to meet –  and if you are caught on film from across the room, the photo can’t be misinterpreted.

How to improve your body language for business networking

  • Go stand in front of a mirror and practice having a conversation with an imaginary person.
  • Answer and ask questions you might normally talk about in a networking event.
  • As you talk, pay attention to your body language and what you need to work on.

Now you’ve mastered your body language, book onto the next 1230  TWC meeting and see how effective it is.

PS If you find networking difficult, you will love the 1230 TWC meetings. These take place over lunch, are pressure free and filled with smart women like you

Sutton Business Networking Lunch

Business Networking Lunches in Sutton

Business Networking with Like-Minded
Savvy Business Women

Sutton Business Women's Networking Lunch for savvy women in business meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

Traditional Italian cuisine, with exclusive room, right in the heart of Sutton.
You'll be delighted to know that this is business too!

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Venue directions
Casa Nostra
8 Mulgrave Road, Sutton
Surrey SM2 6LE
1 min walk from rail station, plenty of parking

At the 1230 TWC Business Women's Networking Lunch you can expect great conversation, a speaker on an aspect of business, and a great lunch.

1230 TWC Sutton meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month

Your Host

Pascale Lane

I am a Relationship Coach based in Sutton, Surrey.

I work with individuals and couples who need help with their Relationships. Whether you and your partner or loved one have forgotten how to communicate effectively with each other, or your goals and values have changed, I will work with you to help you reconnect, improve communication and rekindle your love.

Or maybe for you it isn’t about reconnecting with your partner or loved one. Maybe for you its about reconnecting with your self. So often, women can lose their identity while they are so busy concentrating on meeting the needs of their family. Maybe you feel lonely or isolated, have lost your purpose or forgotten what it is like to prioritise yourself. I will help you to remember who you are, set some goals, shift your mindset and find your Mojo so that you can be Happy in Life and Love!

I take great pride in the work that I do and love being able to support individuals and couples to facilitate change. As a Relationship Coach, we will work together to identify your goals and work hard in a time limited manner to achieve them. This will be done in combination of weekly sessions and follow up activities. The more work you put in, the better the results will be.

I have 20 years experience of working as a social worker and a counsellor and believe me, I have heard it all before. When we work together, we will tap into all of those pesky fear and anxieties that are holding you back from whatever it is you want to achieve. Whether its meeting the man of your dreams, having a stable family for yourself and your children or going out there and grabbing life by the balls and living your BEST LIFE!!

I will help you! All you’ve got to do is take the first step – book a free 30 minute call and lets change your future!!

I love Sutton and can't wait to see you there!

Can't make this month's lunch? Book in for the next one here!

Wye Valley Business Networking Lunch

Business Networking Lunches  Wye Valley 

Business Networking With Like-Minded Women 

Exciting new group meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
In the family run Old Court Hotel offering a wide range of great tasting food, you'll be delighted to know that this is business too!

LAUNCHING 9 OCTOBER 2019

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Old Court Hotel
Symonds Yat West, Whitchurch
Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6DA

At the 1230 TWC Business Women's Networking Lunch you can expect great conversation, a speaker on an aspect of business, and a great lunch.

These sassy, savvy business women meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month

Your Host

Julie Hawkins

 Julie set-up her own award-winning company KIH Products in 2013 after designing the KIH Bed - a Pregnancy Cushion used by Massage Therapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors to enable clients to lay on their bellies at variable stages of pregnancy, in 2011 (when she was heavily pregnant).

Julie had also embarked on a Law Degree when she fell pregnant in 2011 and once she graduated in 2016 she published Finding Happiness and Freeing Your Spirit to Amazon to help others help themselves.

Mothers Day gift box

Looking for a thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day? Why not give the gift of beautiful skin? In this beautiful gift box, you’ll find a Peel2Glow pack, consisting of a single use vial of glycolic acid peel, alongside a vial of nourishing serum to give your skin a smooth glow. The gift box also includes a 50ml tube of award-winning Heliocare gel moisturiser with an SPF of 50, to protect the skin from damage caused by UVA and UVB rays. The gift box also includes an organic lip balm, containing beeswax, essential oils and natural moisturizers. Finally, the box also contains some yummy chocolate to indulge a sweet tooth.

FACEBOOK WORKSHOP
Facebook Mechanics & Engineering 

2 April
10.30 am - 2.30 pm
lunch included
a non-techie, hands-on, power-packed day with

Fiona Catchpowle
Facebook Specialist & Social Media Coach

Fiona Catchpowle
Facebook Specialist & Social Media Coach

There are so many things to take into account when it comes to running a successful Facebook presence.

The Facebook landscape has changed and you need to learn the updated economy of conversational commerce to get a return on investment when it comes to the time and energy you spend on social media.

It's important to have a clear map of where you want to be in business and understand the part that Facebook plays in that journey.

During this hands-on non-techie workshop you will work on the following areas of Facebook Mechanics & Engineering:

  • Content Creation to build reach and engagement
  • Strategy to build conversational commerce
  • Images v links vs video
  • Facebook Ads v Boost

Using a technique called the #Ruleof3 and some essential algorithm-proof Facebook skills this workshop will help you get your message clear and deliver the reach & engagement you deserve without the stress and techie overwhelm.

Who is this suitable for?
?Business owners who use Facebook as Pages and need some foundation knowledge, that works fast to connect more effectively with their target market

Workshop format so please bring laptops/tablets etc for hands-on practical session

Topics include
How to ensure your page is set up correctly

- The Rule of 3 and story-telling

- Creating the right kind of content for the right people in the right way

- Adding images, links and videos

- Tagging and hashtags - which is which!

... and much, much more!

BRING LAPTOPS/TABLETS & POWER CABLES
£69 non-members ~ £59 1230 TWC Members, including delicious working lunch
for this power-packed day

About Fiona
A self-taught social media whizz-kid, also known as Cyber Gran, she has worked on the coal face of online marketing for 12 years.

Fiona Catchpowle is dedicated to light-bulb moments and helping female entrepreneurs conquer the overwhelming techie tasks associated with running a business.

Suffering from Facebook Fatigue? Fiona is the person to speak to.

Having been self-employed for 30 years and on a mission to help others, she says:

"We all need inspiration to keep moving forward.  Sometimes we are in a rush to reach the end, but seeking out, communicating with and nurturing our tribe is a fundamental and long-term process in building a business.


Venue directions
Scala Restaurant, Exclusive suite
132 High Street,  Orpington

BR6 0JS
plenty of parking and public transport

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MEETINGS

At the 1230 TWC Business Women's Networking Lunch-time meetings you can expect great conversation, a speaker on an aspect of business, and a great lunch.

1230 TWC Orpington
meets on the 1st Thursday of each month with Host

Helen Manchip

Speednetworking

MEGA SpeedNetworking


A great opportunity for business owners, those aspiring and career people to meet and have maximum contacts in minimum time. Guys 'n' Gals - all welcome.

5.00 PM - 7.00 PM THURSDAY 4 APRIL 2019

Venue directions
The Atrium
upper mall near M&S and Hobbs
The Glades, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1DN
plenty of parking on-site and around

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Networking with a difference 

Everyone you meet will have their own wide network of colleagues, business partners, clients, suppliers and professional advisers, as well as acquaintances and closer friends, just like you. 

We're talking worthwhile connections - you never know who knows who...

Preparation
1.    Prepare beforehand to gain most from your time.  Think about your objective, whether this is obtaining specific advice or bringing in new business.
2.    Have clear and measurable goals, eg you might need to find someone to help you solve a business problem you have, or is collaboration your aim?
3.    Rehearse your "presentation" with clear focus so that you give all the necessary information for your objective within the 30 seconds allowed.
 A free handy guide is available when you book - just click the RED button.
You'll be surprised how much detail can be given in 30 seconds!
4.    Bring a load of business cards, flyer, diary, pen and paper.

and be prepared to have fun!
Please arrive no later than 4.45 pm to make a prompt start at 5.00 pm

?This event is open to all (guys 'n' gals) booking in advance only,
just click the RED button below

Open Evening 17th Oct @ 17.30 onwards

Please join me for a glass of bubbly and some nibbles to showcase my new hair loss clinic in Charlton, SE78UD. RSVP info@hlcc.london

East Dulwich Business Networking Lunch meeting

Business Networking Lunches in East Dulwich 

Business Networking With Like-Minded Women Entrepreneurs looking to succeed

Our East Dulwich Business Women's Networking Lunch meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month.
Situated in the heart of leafy East Dulwich, Fifty Seven is a unique event space. You’ll be delighted to know that this is business too!

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Venue directions
Fifty Seven
57 Northcross Road,  East Dulwich, London, SE22 9ET

At the 1230 TWC Business Women's Networking Lunch you can expect great conversation, a speaker on an aspect of business, and a great lunch.

Meeting on the 1st Wednesday of each month

Your Host

Suzanne James

SuzanneJames

Suzanne James Ltd is London’s premier environmentally aware catering and events company. Over the past 20 years Suzanne has gone from a private chef, working alone from home, to an employer, and owner of an established business, with an amazing reputation.

With a team of professional event planners, chefs and front of house staff working alongside her, you will now find them on the list at many of the unique venues of London. In 2017 Suzanne opened fifty seven, her own private hire events space and cookery school in East Dulwich.

Can't make this month's meeting? Book in for the next one here!

Orpington Business Networking Lunch

Business Networking Lunches in Orpington 

Business Networking With Like-Minded Women Entrepreneurs - Just Like You!

Our Orpington Business Women's Networking Lunch meets on the 1st Thursday of each month.
Scala brings a unique and distinctive vibe to Orpington, with its striking interior, stunning design features and beautiful menus that take you on a journey through the sun soaked Mediterranean..  You’ll be delighted to know that this is business too!

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Venue directions
Scala Restaurant,
132 High Street,  Orpington, BR6 0JS

At the 1230 TWC Business Women's Networking Lunch you can expect great conversation, a speaker on an aspect of business, and a great lunch.

Meeting on the 1st Thursday of each month

Your Host

Helen Manchip

Helen is a social media consultant, helping businesses increase and maximize their exposure on the numerous social media platforms. She can set you up from scratch or advise you on your current social channels.

Can't make this month's lunch? Book in for the next one here!

Your Host

Getting Started in the Gig Economy

American society is adapting to a new concept of work: the gig economy. The term refers to a workforce where freelancers contract with businesses on a short-term or as-needed basis. Right now, about 11% of working adults in the U.S. are full-time independent contractors. And while “part-time gig” may sound like a euphemism for being broke, nearly 20% of independent contractors earn over $100,000. By other estimates, 53 million Americans are employed as freelancers.

Gig work injects $715 billion into the economy each year. Since 2000, traditional W-2s have stagnated, while the use of 1099s has shot up 22%. Here are some tips to get going in the gig economy and to kick-start your own successful gig business.

Gig-a-what?

Some economic forecasts predict that by 2020, 40% of American workers will be full-time independent contractors. A number of factors have contributed to this trend. First, digitalization eliminated many traditional jobs, which made the workplace remote, shrinking it down to your laptop. Then, during the 2007 recession, people switched careers, contracting with businesses on a short-term basis. In turn, this was a boon to companies that could boost their bottom line without shelling out benefits to permanent staffers. Currently, common freelance occupations include writers, architects, engineers, web developers, analytics specialists, lawyers or paralegals, among others.

Upsides, Downsides

The freedoms that the gig economy offers are numerous. These include the independence to move from city to city, choose their schedules, set their rate and hours and pick your own clients and partners. The downside is that the gig economy is quite selective. Gig work is often great for people established in their careers who can cherry-pick high-paying jobs on the side. But it’s frustrating for people who have only found spotty or inconsistent work. And however exciting it can be to hustle between assignments, 91% of millennials say that they desire stable, long-term employment.

Starting Your Gig Business

Two types of businesses predominate in the gig economy: Companies employing independent contractors, or independent contractors themselves. Let’s say you’re a company. Your company should make it easy for freelancers to find and sign on with you, so that red tape and corporate rules don’t put them off. Also, it’s imperative that your business is mobile-friendly, because you might want to hire someone who’s in Spain while you’re based in San Francisco. Pay on time, and every time, so you don’t get a bad reputation. Finally, develop a collaborations page where freelancers can network and feel tight-knit in a digital workspace.

Employing Yourself in the Gig Economy

Another way to make ends meet in the gig economy is to run a business of one, employing only yourself. To make it as a problem-solving business owner, you need tenacity, adaptability and flexibility

Keep in mind, there are a lot of freelancers out there. They offer services that range from designing a web page to preparing legal documents to driving Uber. But, there are ways to succeed:

  • Put together a home office.
  • Design business cards and an invoicing template.
  • And never, ever work for free.

For many people, the disappearance of the 9-5 workplace, with its pay scale, corner office and promotion track is scary. However, the new work model empowers business-minded people to turn their passions into flourishing careers.

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