Networking is a popular means of generating leads for many small business owners.  FBBC (Faringdon Business Breakfast Club) has seen a significant rise in numbers over the past few months. 

This begs the question: is this due to the economic climate, or are numbers determined by the speaker or activity on the day?  I’m not sure we’ll easily find the answer to this one, but FBBC had a record turnout on Monday 2nd February, despite all the snow and ice. 

Hard at Work on the Elevator Pitch.  Photograph by Graham Light

Hard at Work on the Elevator Pitch. Photograph by Graham Light

The ‘standing room only’ attendance was recorded for posterity by Graham Light of Abbey Studios.  A big thank you has to go to Graham, a highly skilled professional photographer, who brought along his camera to add to the fun and has allowed us to use the photographs here.

Nigel Morgan presenting - Paul Brame (Morgan Cole) delivering his 1 minute pitch.  Photograph by Graham Light

Nigel Morgan presenting - Paul Brame (Morgan Cole) delivering his 1 minute pitch. Photograph by Graham Light

February’s big attraction was PR guru Nigel Morgan, who presented his ‘Networking Nirvana’ Workshop.  Some 30 people braved the elements to brush up on their networking skills and were amply rewarded. 

In a lively and entertaining session, Nigel took us through setting and achieving networking goals, and how to present that all important one-minute elevator pitch,  A skill many of us previously lacked!  Nigel Morgan has made networking into an art form, and we were privileged to have him share his skills and experience.   You can check out his Networking Nirvana blog here. 

So … will we continue to see an increased attendance at networking events as the year progresses?  With more and more events being planned by different groups and organisations, it would certainly seem networking is becoming more popular than ever before. 

As for FBBC:

• March: we’ll be finding out about free mentoring for businesses in Oxfordshire
• April: another great workshop on making the most of LinkedIn, presented by Mary Thomas of Concise Training
• May: back by popular demand … Maypole (possibly Mayhem) Speed Networking!  If you’ve never networked round a maypole with business cards in one hand and a ribbon in the other … you’ve never lived!

Some of the Delights of FBBC - Photograph by Graham Light

Some of the Delights of FBBC - Photograph by Graham Light

See you there!

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