What is a business Mixer?
-It is typically a meet-and-greet event of different business professionals of all professions held by city chambers, businesses, and business associations
Why should you attend?
- Gain knowledge and exposure to new trends, products and resources
-Keep an edge over your competitors with knowledge of the latest technology and trends in your industry with an introduction to new products, equipment and services.
-Learn about what’s hot, what’s fading and what your company needs to have right now
-Meet the who’s who of local business professionals
-Stimulate new ideas and creative ways to support your business
-Most importantly you are there to build business relationships, meet other business professionals who you can lean on, learn from, and possibly gain business from that you would not have had the chance to meet had not attended.
Tips while attending a business Mixer
1. Have a Purpose
Before you get to the event, ask yourself, “why am I going?” Come up with two outcomes you hope to get out of the event—say, meeting three new people. Knowing ahead of time what you’re hoping to accomplish will help you stay focused—not aimlessly wandering around.
2. Bring Business Cards and other Marketing Material
The goal is not to just to hand out to everyone you see, but have available for those that want the information.
3. Have your introduction prepared
4. Focus on others and their needs
5. Have a list of questions
Have a few good questions in your back pocket. Asking the other person about their background and work will show that you’re interested in more than just your own job opportunities.
· How do you like working for your company?
· What’s your primary role at your company?
· What projects are you working on right now?
· How did you get involved in your field?
6. Take Notes
You may be meeting quite a few people, try to jot notes down after each conversation to remind you of what was discussed.
7. Follow Up
A few days after the event, send follow-up emails to anyone you met that you’d like to continue networking with. Inviting them to join your networking group is a great way to start a consistent networking relationship.