10 gems of networking wisdom

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There are many benefits to attending a premium B2B networking event.

From a great gourmet experience to being exposed to truly insightful business content.

And then, of course, there’s the networking itself.

Depending on your workload, seniority or schedule it can be difficult to get much time with your peers.

Networking events, especially well-run ones, can be the perfect opportunity for you to meet your peers, benchmark strategies, learn industry news and even make some friends.

Whether or not it’s your main reason for attending a particular event, the opportunity to find new connections is not to be passed up. But what steps you should be following to ensure networking success?

We’ve pulled together quotes and tips from a rather inspirational group, from authors to entrepreneurs, for you to follow and maybe even share at your next event:

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie

For over a century, Dale Carnegie has been inspiring and improving business and individual performance around the world. His most famous book ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’, is one of the best-selling self-help books of all time.

“My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.” – Oscar Wilde

Author, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde was well known for his brilliant wit and flamboyant style. His acclaimed works include The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

“Networking is marketing. Marketing yourself, marketing your uniqueness, marketing what you stand for.” – Christine Comaford-Lynch

Christine Comaford is a businesswoman, author and serial entrepreneur. She has been a board-member for more than 36 startups and has invested in over 200 companies.

“I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own efforts.” – John D. Rockefeller

American industrialist John Rockefeller is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time. In addition to being an oil industry business magnate, Rockefeller was also a philanthropist and funded and founded multiple universities.

“What makes networking work is that it sets up win-win situations in which all parties involved get to take something home. Networking is a sharing process. Until you understand that, you won’t have much of a network.” – Earl G. Graves Sr.

Earl Gilbert Graves Sr. is an American entrepreneur, publisher and philanthropist. Known for founding Black Enterprise Magazine, amongst his many achievements, Graves has been named one of the ten most outstanding minority businessmen in the country by the President of the United States.

“Networking is simply the cultivating of mutually beneficial, give and take, win-win relationships. It works best, however, when emphasizing the “give” part.” – Bob Burg

Motivational speaker, consultant and author Bob Burg has spoken internationally to Fortune 500 companies, associations and individuals on topics related to business networking and positive persuasion.

“It’s great to spend time at a networking event with someone you know and like. But that’s not what you’re there for. Your goal is to expand your network by meeting new people.” – Beth Ramsay

Beth Ramsay has worked for over a decade to help entrepreneurs achieve their highest level of success.

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – Carl Jung

Founder of analytical psychology Carl Jung has influenced not only psychiatry but also anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy, and religious studies.

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye

Popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Nye has been appearing in the media as a science educator since the late eighties. Beginning his career as a mechanical engineer for Boeing, he has continued to be an advocate for science.

“Networking is more about farming than it is about hunting.” – Ivan Misner

Ivan Misner has been called the “Father and Modern Networking” by CNN and the “Networking Guru” by entrepreneur magazine.

Getting the most out of an opportunity to network requires you to have an open and inquisitive approach but it also requires you to have a good time. Ensure you find the right networking event for you, one where you can mix business with pleasure.

“A great exchange of ideas and discussion. It was so refreshing to speak to people who actually understood the opportunities and challenges of these technologies.” – a Chief Wine Officer guest

Chief Wine Officer guests are always the best judges of what makes a good B2B networking event. So view the events calendar, book your place, and find out if you agree with the above.

Bonus quote:

“Wine is one of the most civilised things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” Ernest Hemingway