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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

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4 Tips For When You Want To Start Working Again


For some people, working is a constant. They dedicate themselves to their career from the moment they first get employed to the day they finally retire.

Not everyone is like that though, with plenty of people taking extended breaks from work to go travelling or start a family. A lot of them do end up returning to employment eventually, with the percentage of working mothers reported to be around 75% in 2019. However, they typically only go back when they feel ready to do so.

The problem with this is that it can be difficult getting back into the swing of things. Hopefully these suggestions make the transition a lot easier, though.

1. Accurately Update Your CV

Your CV can make all the difference between you receiving a job interview or getting rejected, so it’s important that you ensure it’s up to date and shows you in your best light. That includes divulging that you took a break from work and explaining how that time off can benefit potential employers. For instance, if you went travelling, there are probably skills and experiences you picked up that could come in handy wherever you want to work.   

2. Consider A Career Change

There are plenty of reasons why people take a break from work, including a loss of interest in their career.  If that was the case for you, you may want to consider finding a new industry to work in. That might be easier said than done, especially if there isn’t a line of work that you’re currently passionate about. Thankfully, Refreshing a Career have become a one-stop resource for anyone looking for a career change so their guides might prove to be invaluable Helping people change careers is their specialty, so even if you’ve been out of the game for a while, they’ll be able to guide you onto whatever new path you wish to follow.

3. Ask For Help

The great thing about returning to work after an extended break is that you already have contacts in the professional world who you can lean on for help. These might be former colleagues who you still talk to or ex-employers who value the work that you did for them. There’s a good chance that one of them will know of a job opportunity that could suit your needs or something along those lines. What’s more, you can also ask if they’d mind being a reference for you. Inquiring about that in advance could save you some hassle down the line.

4. Work On Your Confidence

Sometimes, the thing that lets a candidate down isn’t their skill set or experience, but rather their confidence. Employers value personality over a lot of other factors, with confidence a key trait that they look to. They want to hire someone who believes in themselves and what they can offer, so it’s important to go into any interview with your head held high. It’s okay to be nervous, especially if you’ve been out of work for a while. Just make sure that it’s a bit of interview jitters and not a lack of confidence in yourself. Writing down what you’re good at and asking people for their feedback can always help with this.

Returning to work might be a little daunting, but with the right approach, it can be an exciting new step in your life. You could end up finding the job of your dreams.

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French, Italian, Spanish, German, and Portuguese from beginner through to advanced, beginning Tuesday September 29 2020
The classes are for 10 weeks and are 45 minutes long.
Friendly classes with lots of individual attention
Students come from firms including Linklaters, Norton RoseFulbright, HSBC, the Bank of England, EY and PWC

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The cost is £195 for new students and £165 for returning students.

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* want greater visibility for you and your business
* really enjoy making connections for other women, supporting them in their business community
* are reliable, efficient
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* are a proactive businesswoman
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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

COVID-19   1230 TWC meetings are currently online
To comply with current Government legislation, all 1230 TWC face to face meetings are postponed. Until further notice, 1230 TWC is pleased to
provide regular weekly  virtual meetings.
 

Please Book HERE

Our East Dulwich Business Women's Networking Lunch meets on the
2nd Wednesday of each month.
Situated in the heart of leafy East Dulwich, Tart is a delightful restaurant with conservatory space for our meetings. You’ll be delighted to know that this is business too!

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Venue directions
Tart
65 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8EP

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 2nd Wednesday of each month

1230 TWC  Co-Hosts

Jennifer Sullivan

Amelia Adrian

Amelia Adrian

Can't make this month's meeting? Don't worry, book in for the next one here!

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