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9 Tips for Better Networking

Friday, January 4th, 2013

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to become better at networking then you may want to read our article which offers some practical advice on how to become better at this much under-rated skill.

Networking is a vital skill that can help you in all areas of life, whether you want to change careers, build up your business or try for promotion, the more people you interact with, the better.    

Some people are naturally very good at networking, whereas others find it a struggle to strike up conversation with people they don’t know.  Hopefully these hints and tips will help everyone to relook at how they network and try to improve.

  1. Don’t discriminate

Don’t only talk to the people who are of equal or superior rank to you.  If you only network with senior managers then you are missing out on a whole host of people who can help you.  The secretary that will always put your call through, the receptionist who will endeavour to find you a meeting slot, the PA who can provide a vital introduction, and not to mention today’s office junior who could be the CEO in ten years’ time.

  1. Practice networking

If you’re worried that you’ll embarrass yourself talking to someone you don’t know, practice by speaking to various people throughout your day.  The bus driver, the server in the newsagent and the lady in the canteen are all people who would probably appreciate the interaction and give you valuable practice.

  1. Try not to have an agenda

Only talking to someone because you want something from them is very transparent and disingenuous.  The whole point of networking is that you widen the group of people you know professionally, you need to establish a level of trust before you can start to ask for favours.

  1. Always look the part

If you’re at a function ensure that you’re dressed in the correct dress code for the occasion, you want to be remembered for your personality not your fashion sense.  Look open and approachable and be aware of your body language.  Don’t forget, people will want to network with you too.

  1. Follow conversations up

Ask people for their business cards or mobile phone number and offer yours.   Drop people a quick email if you spot something industry related that they may be interested in.   However, don’t start cyber-stalking them, exchanging Linked-in details is fine but asking to befriend a relative stranger on Facebook is going too far.

  1. Be polite at all times

Even if you don’t agree with someone, either politely put your point across or hold your tongue.  Hold eye contact and shake hands with people you meet, always tell them it was a pleasure to meet them.

  1.  Be a good listener

Networking is a two-way street; you need to listen as well as you talk.  Ask people questions, not just about work but also about their personal life—although keep it general, do they have any children, what football team do they support etc.

  1. Don’t brag

Nobody likes a bragger, it is possible to introduce relevant achievements into a conversation whilst still staying humble.  Never try to upstage anyone, belittling other peoples achievements will not win you any friends.

  1. Never lie

This should go without saying, but any lies you tell, whether they are little white lies or big whoppers are likely to come back and bite you.   People will always respect honesty.

Team Building to Engage and Motivate an International Team

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

With so many global businesses choosing to host conferences that bring delegates from all over the world, we often get asked how they can effectively engage and motivate their teams. Events organisers often worry that the focus of any team building or corporate entertainment may be too much on the culture of the hosting country, it’s an understandable concern as it’s crucial that you don’t alienate your audience but it’s totally avoidable.

We’ve hosted many conference events for international delegates both large and small, in the UK and across the globe and all with amazing results. The key to success seems somewhat obvious, it’s knowledge. We take the time to find out our clients objectives and exactly what they want to achieve. By tailoring our team building solutions, we can effectively manage any size group from any amount of different countries.

Let me give you an example; an international company was hosting a three day conference in Portugal for 120 delegates. The client wanted inspirational team building throughout the conference, they wanted to energise, motivate and bring together their company, to send their delegates away feeling that they had a shared vision and sense of belonging even though a large proportion couldn’t speak to each other because of language barriers. We were able to deliver an effective programme through music icebreaker activities. Throughout all three of our activities, no words were spoken, direction was given through hand signals and non verbal communication and the results were truly amazing. The events organiser was delighted at the level of engagement and motivation that our events produced.

Another example; A small group of 40 senior level international banking VIP’s were attending a high profile conference in London and the events organiser wanted to host corporate entertainment in the evening that would entertain the level of guest and not alienate them through lack of understanding of cultural references. After careful discussions, the client chose Team Millionaire, a game show format that has been rolled out internationally by TV stations and is recognised by a large proportion even if they don’t watch the show. By tailoring the questions to include company questions we hosted an truly successful evening for the client who commented that her CEO in New York had been receiving thank you emails and hugely positive feedback and she felt it was a total success.

So, as you can see there are real effective possibilities, we can and will engage and motivate your team. If you are looking to organise your next event and would like to talk through the possibilities, then please give our events team a call on 0800 083 1172 or contact us.

Find Fresh Christmas Party Entertainment Ideas

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Yes, we know it’s only September and Christmas in our personal life is a few months off yet but when you look at the corporate world, it’s been steadily getting busier and busier with company’s booking up their Christmas party entertainment. So if you don’t want your team to miss out on the peak date or the most fun and productive entertainment, then you really should start planning it now.

We have many different types of entertainment here at Accolade Corporate Events, if you can tell us a little bit about your party, how many people you have attending, what you have hosted in previous years and what budget you are working towards, then we can come up with a whole host of different options for you to consider.

From team gameshows such as Team Millioniare and Team Generation Game to Giant Wii Winter Olympic competitions and Casino Evenings, we really have got something for everyone.

You may be a little uncertain about what corporate entertainment you would like to host this year, so why not save yourself time and pick up the phone and talk to us, we can explain your different options quickly and easily. Give us a call on 0800 083 1172 and ask for Mandy, she’s our company Christmas party expert!

Find Team Building Events on Facebook

Friday, August 27th, 2010

We are all very excited at Accolade Corporate Events as our revamped facebook page goes live next week! It’s going to be fun and interactive and there will be some great special offers to be found.

Take part in our online polls, tell us what you thought of events we have hosted, look at photos and ask the experts your team building questions. Our Facebook fan page is going to be an ideal forum for us to connect with you all so please do visit us, write something on our wall and stay in touch.

If you are looking to host a team building event or arrange corporate entertainment then please give our friendly team a call today on 0800 083 1172.

Team Apprentice Team Building Events

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Any time soon now we are expecting news on when series 6 starts on the BBC and with all the eager anticipation and high viewing figures, one thing is for sure – our Team Apprentice event is going to be even more popular!

Unlike the TV programme we have based this interactive team activity around cooperation and team work, nobody can succeed without the help of their team mates, ensuring that this is not only a corporate event bang on topic but also one that encourages individuals to work together to achieve tremendous results.

Team Apprentice is flexible and can be hosted as a full day or half day team building event, from numbers as small as 12 right up to a whopping 200 people and with the event being totally portable, it’s possible to host it literally anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in hosting your very own version of the apprentice, then give us a call today at Accolade Corporate Events and we can discuss how this energising event can help your company.

Christmas Corporate Entertainment

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Yes it really is that time of year that a lot of Christmas party organisers start thinking about their company Christmas party. We are being inundated with enquiries for December and January, with everyone looking at peak Thursday and Friday nights, so if you are planning to host Christmas entertainment then don’t delay!

We have a wide range of different corporate entertainment to choose from, you can have company quiz shows that run throughout the courses of your meal, a giant games night, video horse racing our list really is endless.

If you are uncertain of what would be the right Christmas party entertainment for your group or are unsure of what your budget could get for you, then please give our events team at Accolade Corporate Events a call today and we will be happy to run through the different possibilities – lets make your Christmas party a great success!

Corporate Event Planning the Easy Way

Friday, July 30th, 2010

If you have just started your corporate event planning for your next company event, then you’ll probably already realise that there is an incredible amount of work to do, and for those that are doing it for the first time, there’s things to consider that you would never even think of! You want your team event to be a huge success, so that’s why when you start event planning corporate functions you need a professional event management company to help.

We’ll work closely with you to ensure that you maximise the potential of your event and gain a good return on investment. We can help as much or as little as you would like, we can be involved at planning meetings, provide on site event management or just provide you with the teambuilding events or corporate entertainment ideas.

If you are looking at planning your next company event then please give us a call at Accolade Corporate Events and we can talk you through how we can add value to your day.